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National Museum says 'I do'

By Yan Shuang (Global Times)

13:19, October 17, 2011

The National Museum of China has come under fire for allowing an ostentatious wedding party to be held at the museum Saturday, allegedly costing 250,000 yuan ($39,175).

After the allegations broke on Sina Weibo, many commenters agreed it was not the wedding itself that posed a problem, rather what the money charged would be spent on. Experts said public venues like this should be careful about the type of commercial activities they hold.

Administrators confirmed the wedding took place, and said the newlyweds are museum staff.

The museum only charged 20,000 to 30,000 yuan for the catering, said Huang Chen, a museum publicity employee.

"They are staff and they applied several times before they got final approval. They love the museum, and wanted to make the wedding special by holding it in a cultural site," Huang told the Global Times.

The wedding was an exception for the couple, who agreed to keep a low profile by not hiring wedding planners or putting up signs. The museum will not take applications from residents for weddings, he said.

Other museum staff, however said the wedding cost more.

One anonymous employee told the Global Times that the museum did charge a fee.

"It was a grand wedding and the fee must be high," she said, without giving any details.

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