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Just A Simple Wedding For 50 At Minute Maid Park

They survived Hurricane Ike. Now they'll have to survive Rachael Ray.

Fifty Houston couples whose wedding plans were disrupted by Ike will now have a very special wedding thanks to Ray, who in our limited knowledge of such things seems to be a Martha Stewart knock-off.

By "very special wedding," we mean one where TV crews follow you around and then you get married with 49 other couples on the field at Minute Maid Park. Which is "very special" to some people, we guess.

Read on:

The wedding plans of these Houston couples were destroyed when two reception venues closed their doors, citing financial hardship brought on by the effects of Hurricane Ike. Some paid as much as $20,000 to book their weddings, but when the reception halls closed, these couples claim they not only lost their money, but their dream of a perfect wedding.

When RACHAEL RAY heard about the situation, she wanted to help by sending a team to Houston to begin planning the gift of a lifetime. Eliminating the couples' financial worries, the RACHAEL RAY show will host the wedding of the year with everything for their special day including wedding gowns and tuxedos, cake, flowers, decorations, professional photography, and a live musical performance. Ray is also personally creating a menu for the reception.

We don't know why RACHAEL RAY has to capitalize her name in her press releases, but we assume it's because she is an extremely caring, open-hearted individual. We know MAHATMA GANDHI always did the same thing.

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Expect lots and lots of product placement for the wedding, which is scheduled for November 2. The show will air later that month, on whatever channel the RACHAEL RAY show is on.

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