Mere mortals consider a pleasantly decorated hall or an elegant ballroom to be a lavish wedding day setting. The non-mortals walking among us with bottomless pockets will clearly put a much steeper investment into one of the most important days of their lives. For his now spectacularly failed marriage, Tiger Woods reportedly spent $1.5 million on a ceremony in Barbados.
Surely Ben Roethlisberger has an extravagant plan of his own when he officially becomes a one-woman man on July 23. Well, he did, but he’s searching for Plan B after the Consol Energy Center was booked…with wrestling.
For a wedding with an estimated 500 people in attendance, Roethlisberger and his bride-to-be Ashley Harlan inquired about renting Pittsburgh’s newest arena that seats 20,000, and is home to the Penguins. Unfortunately, they were told instead that night Sheamus and The Miz will have the place locked down. Elaborate marital bliss can’t push aside the WWE.
Aside from attempting to use his QB fame for an arena wedding, Roethlisberger sounded quite normal when talking to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette about tying the knot. In fact, he sounded more than normal, with his words continuing to reflect a progressive transformation from the boozing, schmoozing, glossy-eyed teenager in an athlete’s body whose actions–or alleged actions–in Milledgeville, Georgia led to serious questions about his character.
Sticking to their strict religious beliefs, Roethlisberger and Harlan won’t move in together until they’re married. Also, instead of bringing gifts the wedding guests–which will include every Steeler player, coach, and team executive–will be asked to give a donation to Roethlisberger’s charity foundation. All other gifts will be donated to the Ronald McDonald House and Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.