August 28, 2004 in Nation/World

Betrothal banter bows to Boring-Bland bliss

Associated Press

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. – Single life was Boring, and married life will be Bland for this new bride.

Katie Boring wed Nathan Bland June 12.

And the Boring-Bland affair was anything but, said the groom.

“It was great,” said groom Nathan Bland. “We had family and a bunch of college and high school friends there, and our reception was at a winery. We all had a great time.”

After the announcement of their engagement was published last winter, the impending “Boring-Bland” merger was mentioned on NBC’s “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.”

“It caught us by surprise,” Nathan said. “We each got, like, 10 phone calls from friends that night.”

Bland, out of town on business, was flipping channels in his hotel room when he saw it.

“I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, that’s our picture! That’s us!’ ” he said.

The bride figures that over the years she’s probably had a worse time over her name than her husband has.

“I don’t think little kids use the word ‘bland’ that much,” she says. “But ‘boring’ – I’ve been made fun of forever.”

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