“The Bachelorette’s” Trista Rehn and fiance Ryan Sutter can afford a fancy wedding this fall: ABC is paying them $1 million for the TV rights to their nuptials, reports the Smoking Gun Web site.
For that price, says the Web site, which has published the 17-page contract between the interested parties, the couple will surrender their right to decide on everything from the bridal gown to the flowers and music.
But the event “shall be a first-class, high-end” affair for which the physical therapist (her) and the fireman (him) will be “provided meaningful consultation” with respect to all aspects of the wedding, including the cake, says the contract.
In the event of a dispute, the show’s producer “shall make all final decisions.”
For its money, ABC will end up with four hours of programming: a two-hour pre-show, followed by the two-hour wedding. No word on any guest stars.
As the Smoking Gun notes, Rehn, 30, and Sutter, 28, received $100,000 upon signing the contract in May and will get another $500,000 upon saying “I do” (or whatever ABC permits them to say).
The balance of the $1 million will be paid out in equal installments during the show’s production, per the contract.
And should Rehn and Sutter break up before the fall? The $100,000 down payment will need to be returned, according to the contract, and the two could be legally liable for breaching the contract.
Last February, when Rehn chose Sutter over financial analyst Charlie Maher, their engagement was seen by 20.4 million viewers — down 21 percent from last November’s “Bachelor” finale, despite higher ratings throughout this latest show’s run.
One factor was believed to be FOX’s unstoppable “American Idol,” which drew nearly 20 million viewers in the same Wednesday timeslot.