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'Prince' Ben gets ready for his royal wedding

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By Scott Brown
Saturday, June 25, 2011
 

Pittsburgh's version of the royal wedding is set to take place in a little less than a month.

And even Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is aware that his upcoming nuptials have drawn comparisons, albeit on a smaller scale, to the ones that took place two months ago and featured an English prince.

"I've heard that," Roethlisberger said Friday.

Roethlisberger is scheduled to marry Ashley Harlan of New Castle on July 23 — roughly a week before Steelers training camp if it starts on time. Like the royal couple before their wedding two months ago, Roethlisberger and his fiancee have been guarded with the details.

Roethlisberger declined to reveal where the service and reception will be held. He invited all of his teammates to the wedding, and when asked if any of them are in the wedding, he chuckled and said, "Maybe."

Roethlisberger did say that he asked his father, Ken, to be his best man — and got turned down.

"I asked him to be, but he respectfully (declined)," Roethlisberger said with a laugh. "My sister's going to be in her bridal party, so my mom would be sitting here alone, so he said if it's OK with me he'd prefer to sit with her, and I said, 'That's absolutely fine.' "

Harlan has largely stayed out of the spotlight since news of her engagement to Roethlisberger surfaced last season. A tall, trim blond, Harlan attended the youth football camp that Roethlisberger held last Tuesday at Seneca Valley but only as a spectator.

Roethlisberger said he has not experienced any pre-wedding jitters, and when asked if he is having a bachelor party, he laughed.

"I am not," he said. "I had one probably two weeks ago. It was 36 holes at Firestone (Country Club in Ohio). It was great."

 

 
 


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