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Hunting The Web For a Bride

Dave Weinlick has three small requirements for his future wife: She must be spontaneous, carefree and available to get married Saturday.

The 28-year-old has the rings, the minister, the musicians, his tuxedo and a reception all arranged. But he won't know who he'll meet at the altar until just before she walks down the aisle.

Potential brides are invited to sign up on a special web site and attend Weinlick's "bridal candidate mixer" the day of the ceremony, where the groom's friends will screen them, and their friends will screen Weinlick. There will be a vote, and Weinlick will marry the winner.

Weinlick told Mark McEwen, co-anchor of CBS This Morning Friday that a group of about 50 friends and relatives will help select the bride. He said the size of the ceremony, originally planned as a small event, has grown as word of his unusual wedding plans spread.

Most of the candidates so far are people he knows, but there are a few he hasn't met face to face. And he hopes new ones surface.

Many have entered the running through his Bridal Nomination Committee Web site, including dubious bids from The Fonz and Monica Lewinsky. Others have contacted Weinlick by phone.

About four years ago, Weinlick got tired of people asking him when he was going to get married, so he started to answer, "June 13, 1998." It became part of his shtick. At first, he thought he might have a party to celebrate the idea of being in a committed, monogamous relationship, whether he was in one or not.

Then his friend and campaign coordinator Steve Fletcher suggested he run a campaign and have a democratic wedding. As the date approached, the idea grew on him, and the campaign got into full swing about two months ago.

"The fact that this is not the norm is actually on my side," Weinlick said Friday. "Somebody who is less likely to go with the flow is someone I'll be compatible with."

Weinlick, a graduate student in anthropology at the University of Minnesota, said that while he wants to keep his word about the wedding date, he also really wants to get married.

"I like the idea of being committed to someone and really making the relationship work," he said. "I think love develops. It's not just there."

Herman Weinlick, the groom's father, doesn't like the idea and plans to skip the wedding.

"I wish him well, and I admire his independence in many things, including this," the elder Weinlick said. "But I am not particularly happy with this event, which I think makes light of something which, to me, should be taken more seriously."

The marriage won't be official until three days later because of a required waiting period in Minnesota.