Bachelor Ben Higgins and his fiancee, Lauren Bushnell, have mostly figured out who will be standing beside them on their wedding day. The couple stopped by The Knot Gala at the New York Public Library on Monday, October 10, and shed some insight on how far along they are in their planning process. Luckily, they were joined by the best of the best in the wedding industry at the annual black-tie affair.
“I think we have a pretty good idea of who would be in our wedding,” Bushnell, 25, told The Knot. “I haven’t picked them, but I have a pretty good idea. We just did a joint bachelor/bachelorette party in Vegas, and you can see it on our show. A lot of those people will be in our wedding, but not all. I think we have a pretty good idea of that.”
Higgins, meanwhile, has actually been working on his list for quite some time. “It’s kind of a funny secret I’ve had… I’ve told Lauren about it now,” the season 20 Bachelor, 28, told The Knot. “On my phone over the years — I’ve met friends in high school and college — I’ve always kept a list of my closest friendships. And so I have an idea of those guys because you don’t want to forget about anybody. I just have this list on my phone of everyone I want to invite and the people that mean the most to me. And the friendships that mean the most to me, so I have a good idea.”
The couple is still debating whether they should keep the wedding intimate or open it up to an even larger group of loved ones. “I think something in between,” the future bride mused. “You [motions to Ben] want a really big wedding. I would be fine doing a destination wedding. So, hopefully we’ll meet somewhere in the middle.”
The engaged pair — who are starring on their very own Bachelor spin-off series, Ben and Lauren: Happily Ever After? (premieres Tuesday, Oct. 11, at 8 p.m. ET on Freeform) — touched on how their lives have changed within the last year.
“Obviously The Bachelor has opened up a lot of opportunities. I still work at Talisys. I still have a job there, but obviously, this new show has taken up a lot of our time,” Higgins noted. “Filming me sitting at an office isn’t exactly the most entertaining thing. I’m hoping to go back to that job for stability, but I’m also looking at new opportunities. We’re keeping our eyes and ears open because you never know what’s going to pop up. We didn’t expect to do a season on our own. I didn’t expect to be ‘The Bachelor.’”
Bushnell, a former flight attendant, has been equally appreciative of life after the ABC show since it’s allowed her to explore alternate career paths. “It’s been really fun. I am more of a creative person,” she expressed. “I’ve always loved design. I’ve always loved fashion and style. Being a flight attendant kept me away from that, so it’s allowed me to explore other passions that I didn’t know were possible… that I never thought would be an option. I haven’t taken advantage of every single opportunity that’s thrown our way, but there are some that are really awesome and I’m exploring and the blog — it’s been great.”
Both stars are rooting for Higgins’ Bachelor successor, Nick Viall, in his latest conquest to find true love. “Lauren and I took him out to dinner one night, when we were in Los Angeles before the show started,” Higgins told The Knot on Monday. “Then I got to talk to him before the Bachelor started again. I want to congratulate Nick, because I think he’s put his time in. I think it’s a really funny joke that he’s put his time in because he has. He’s done it because he’s committed to finding somebody. I hope this works out for him because he has invested himself into this Bachelor world. If it doesn’t work out, it’s hard to date in the real world after this.”