After 20 seasons and nearly 15 years on the air, only four couples from “The Bachelor” have ever married. Season 20’s Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell will be the fifth couple among “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette” contestants to marry when they exchange vows this summer. The couple — who got engaged in Jamaica on the season finale last November — will celebrate their wedding on TV as part of an ABC special event.
Bushnell told Us Weekly that they want to share their special day with Bachelor Nation by inviting franchise veterans and die-hard fans to the wedding. Here are some financially-savvy wedding gift ideas for fans of “The Bachelor” lucky enough to make the guest list at Ben Higgins’ wedding.
Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell Engagement
At the start of “The Bachelor” season 20, Lauren Bushnell was one of 28 contestants competing for Ben Higgins’ affection. Among the contestants were a bartender, a military veteran, a kindergarten teacher and a pair of twins.
“The Bachelor” season finale pitted Lauren Bushnell against real estate developer Joelle “JoJo” Fletcher. After final dates and a bit of soul searching, Ben called Lauren’s father and asked for permission to propose.
Ben later told her: “My desire from here on out is live for you, commit to you, love you, hold you, kiss you a lot. Lauren, I want to spend the rest of my life with you.”
Lauren accepted the show’s final rose and was later gifted a $90,000 Neil Lane wedding-set diamond engagement ring. Lauren Bushnell’s ring is a four-carat sparkler that features a large center stone with a halo and baguette diamonds on a hand-set platinum setting.
Suggestions for ‘The Bachelor’ Wedding Gifts
If you’re among the lucky fans invited to the event — or you’re looking for gift ideas for another wedding — here are a few ideas to consider:
- A financial advice book: A few hours of reading every week can put you in a better position to understand and control your money. Forbes recommended “Why Didn’t They Teach Me This in School?: 99 Personal Money Management Principles to Live By” by Cary Siegal. The book teaches eight critical lessons through the examination of 99 principles.
- A session with a financial advisor: Financial advisors can help couples decide how to allocate assets, react to changing market conditions and plan for major events, like retirement or childbirth. The CFP Board — which oversees the education, experience and ethics of certified financial planners — maintains a list of CFPs at CFP.net.
- Estate planning software: Deciding how your assets will be distributed after you die or are otherwise incapacitated, is not a pleasant conversation — but it is necessary for wedded couples. Wills, living wills, trusts and other legally-binding documents ensure your assets are distributed according to your wishes. Estate planning software is a thoughtful gift for any couple facing the responsibility of marriage.
- Cash for an IRA: An individual retirement account (IRA) gives investors a vehicle to save for retirement. Cash or a check with a kind note detailing how you want the money to be invested makes a meaningful wedding gift.
Lauren Bushnell Net Worth and Ben Higgins Net Worth
Lauren Bushnell, who came into “The Bachelor” as a 25-year-old flight attendant from Portland, Ore., is living in the limelight. Although she likely is earning more money off interviews and guest appearances, reliable information on Lauren Bushnell’s net worth could not be found.
Indiana-native Ben Higgins has worked at Talisys for over three years. The company provides financial services, and Higgins holds the position of account manager at the company’s Denver offices. Although Ben Higgins’ net worth is not currently known, the celebrity, alongside Lauren Bushnell, can expect extra income off interviews, endorsement deals and more.
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