Maria Menounos Opens Up About Finding a Last-Minute Wedding Dress
She planned her Times Square ceremony in two weeks—and needed a gorgeous bridal gown on the fly.
On New Year's Eve, Maria Menounos married the man of her dreams in the wedding dress of her dreams. The TV host opened up about finding her bridal gown to People, revealing how she found "the one" in record time.
Two weeks before saying "I do" to her now-husband, Keven Undergaro, Menounos chose a Pronovias' lace "Randala" wedding dress, with a mermaid silhouette and lace long sleeves. The gown also came with a detachable coat and dramatic train, which made it the perfect choice for her freezing Times Square ceremony.
According to the bride, the dress was a big departure from her signature style. "It's so not me to be so girly and princess-y or maybe it was me and it was just so repressed," she said. "That's probably the truth."
She also revealed that practicality influenced her dress choice. "You have to think you're outside in Times Square, it's freezing, you need something beautiful but appropriate," she explained. "I had to think production-wise, I may have one or two minutes to get into this thing, I'm getting dressed in a storage container in Times Square in the freezing cold, and I can't have something that had a little lining underneath." When the bride-to-be slipped into the dress for the first time, though, she knew she'd discovered something special. "The cameraman who doesn't even know me, cried," she shares. "It was such a moment, I cried too."
Menounos and Undergaro got engaged in March 2016, after 19 years together. The couple tied the knot in a surprise ceremony during Fox's New Year's Eve broadcast. Steve Harvey, a close friend of the couple, officiated the impromptu wedding, which was also attended by Menounos' parents. The Sirius XM radio host noted that it was everything she ever could have wanted, saying, "I've always wanted it to be super intimate and even though this is the opposite, we can only invite our immediate family, so the pressure of who to invite is gone. This was just so perfect."