WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- At least 24 couples planning wedding ceremonies at public monuments and parks have been notified to make other plans.
Meanwhile, the court system in Washington has stopped issuing marriage licenses and performing civil ceremonies in its courthouse chapel because of the government shutdown.
"Everyone just assumes the nameless faceless government worker who is going to lose out on a paycheck is the only thing that's happening but that's just not true" says groom-to-be Mike Cassesso.
Cassesso and his fiance MiaLien Le have been told by the National Park Service to cancel a planned exchange of vows on the steps of the Jefferson Memorial Saturday in front of 130 guests.
The event was to be held after the couple were to be legally married in a civil procedure at DC's Moultrie Courthouse Friday. But that won't happen either. All civil ceremonies have been cancelled by the shutdown.
The couple has decided to move forward by staging an exchange of vows and reception at a Capitol Hill restaurant, but when it's over they will still be single unless the shutdown is lifted.