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Are you looking to get married? How does a free wedding sound? A Dallas church plans to pick up the tab for 60 couples on their wedding day.

But, there’s a catch.

Concord Church is looking for couples that already live together, but have not tied the knot. Church leadership wants to end the trend of cohabitation before marriage.

“If we can invest in marriages — healthy marriages — we can change the future,” said Bryan Carter, the senior pastor of Concord Church. “We’re doing this because we love people, and we believe in building strong marriages and strong families.”

If couples want a free wedding, they must attend 10 weeks of pre-marriage counseling and then Concord Church will pay for the rest.

“So free cake, tuxedo, dress, rings, everything that you need,” Carter said. “We want to remove every barrier that you may be facing so that you can step into a marriage that honors God.”

Carter came up with the idea 10 years ago. This is the fourth time he is making the offer.

Forty couples have already expressed interest. Carter says the Redbird church will pay for as many as 60 weddings.

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