Maria Menounos is ready for marriage… again! The TV personality, who kicked off the New Year with a live wedding in New York City’s Times Square, tells The Knot that she’s prepping to marry Keven Undergaro for the second time—and this round will be significantly warmer.
“We’re going to Greece and we’re getting married again,” Menounos, 40, tells The Knot. “And we’re having a ceremony and a party.”
The former E! News host says much of the wedding planning is being orchestrated by her family members, many of whom are familiar with the region. “We’re doing it in the village that my dad is from. It’s called Akovos,” she says. “It’s just going to be a simple wedding.” Simple, however, is relative considering how some of the elements are reminiscent of a famous movie wedding scene.
“Yesterday, a friend of mine showed me the scene from the Godfather and she started laughing and was like, ‘All of the pictures you’ve showed with me look like this,’” Menounos jokes. “It looks like I’m recreating it and my dad looks like a taller Al Pacino.”
Menounos and her longtime love Undergaro married during the live television broadcast on New Year’s Eve. Steve Harvey officiated the nuptials and, for that chilly outdoor wedding, Menounos looked resplendent in a long-sleeve, lace gown by Pronovias.
“Nine months!” she exclaims. “Well, I’ve learned that marriage can make a difference. I think before, I was like, ‘Oh it doesn’t matter. It’s just a piece of paper.’ It bonded us more, though, which after 20 years, I didn’t know it was possible.”
Something that helps is simple date nights in the comfort of their own home. “I learned that he really enjoys when I cook him a dinner and we haven’t done that during our courtship,” she says. “He really gets excited… and it’s like, ‘Look what I made you!’”
Some of Menounos’s favorite meals come from HomeChef, a boxed meal delivery service that is ideal for couples who appreciate cooking at home. “Your date night will get a lot better because your [significant other] is going to think you’re Giada or Rachael Ray,” she says. “I was always good in the kitchen, but no matter how much you love cooking, our lives have gotten so busy, and it’s so hard to get into the supermarket. Even for me, I was recovering from brain surgery, and I got into the rut of just going out to eat all the time… I’m so obsessed with this in such genuine way.”
After decades of dating, Menounos and Undergaro got engaged in March 2016 on the Howard Stern Show. Ironically enough, Menounos unintentionally hinted at her second wedding while touching the topic of her first ceremony back in January. “Thank you to everyone who helped make it possible…to everyone who helped in Big and small ways,” she wrote at the time, before adding: “It took a village.”
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