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"The government is shutting down our wedding."

It is not exactly what a bride and groom-to-be would expect to have to post to their wedding website, but that was the case for one D.C. couple and it turns out they are among about two dozen who are likely scrambling to come up with a Plan B.

Mike Cassesso and his fiancée, MaiLien Le, had planned to be married this Saturday at the Jefferson Memorial, the site of their first date. They received an email on Monday stating that it was not going to happen. The shutdown prohibits the couple and their 135 guests from stepping foot on the memorial property.

Even if the shutdown is lifted by Saturday, they would lose out on money paid to several vendors helping with the ceremony. The couple has now decided to say "I do" at a Capitol Hill restaurant, where they are holding the reception.

The wedding website has been updated, and now it is just a matter of spreading the word to family and friends -- some of whom have already been flying into town for the big day.

"It's surreal that this is happening at this point, but we're remembering that come Sunday, we're going to be married and nothing can stop that, even a government shutdown," said Cassesso.

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