Government Shutdown 2013: Weddings canceled on National Mall

WASHINGTON (AP) - About 24 couples who were planning to get married at memorials on the National Mall this month may have to make other plans due to the government shutdown.

National Park Service spokeswoman Carol Johnson said Tuesday that 24 weddings have been scheduled throughout October, including nine this week. Weddings are held at such sites as the Jefferson Memorial and the D.C. War Memorial honoring World War I veterans.

The weddings were scheduled with permits in advance but are now postponed indefinitely.

Johnson says the couples can reschedule once the government reopens.