The countdown is officialy on! Former Bachelor Arie Luyendyk Jr. and Lauren Burnham have set a wedding date — and are giving their followers a sneak peek at the Hawaiian venue where the plan to exchange vows. "Can’t wait to make @laureneburnham my wife! This is the incredible venue for our wedding JanuLARIE 12th," Arie wrote on Instagram, alongside a photo of the Haiku Mill on Maui's north shore.
So, Bachelor Nation can expect Arie and Lauren to tie the knot in just eight short months and the best part is that it will all be captured on camera. #Blessed. This announcement, while exciting, should come as no surprise to fans. The couple revealed they have been planning their wedding since before their engagement on the After the Final Rose special. "We’ve already been planning it, even before the engagement,” the pair told People magazine. "We want to do it quickly!"
It also shouldn't come as a huge surprise that cameras will capture Arie's vows, especially after he filmed his breakup with Becca Kufrin for the reality dating competition. "I really wanted everyone to know that this was on me," he said of his controversial decision. "This was my fault, and I felt like filming that would let people know that, that if there were any questions on the breakup, that those would be squashed if they saw the breakup."
Arie and Lauren are also hoping filming their nuptials means ABC will pick up the tab. "Arie and Lauren would gladly accept a free wedding and film it for TV," a source told In Touch last month. "A million-dollar wedding would be way more than Lauren’s ever dreamed of, but if ABC were to pay for it, she’d be in!" Arie and Lauren previously hinted that they would be down for a destination wedding, which would make travel for their relatives more expensive. "A lot of relatives wouldn’t be able to go if it was on their own dime," the source added. "That would be a big incentive for Lauren to agree to do a TV wedding so she could fly everyone out and not have to pay for it."
Along with a free wedding, Lauren can also expect a free wedding dress, more Neil Lane jewels, and an all-expense paid honeymoon. "Designers have already contacted Lauren wanting to design her wedding dress," the insider explained before revealing the couple has more travel offers than they can deal with. "They look forward to exploring the world together, and of course, if there’s anyone offering it for free, they’d go."
In the meantime, Arie and Lauren need to work on their wedding hashtag because #JanuLARIE is not cutting it. Love The Bachelor? Be sure to join our Bachelor Facebook group to chat about all the latest updates, exclusive interviews, and juicy gossip!