After the Final Rose comes some big decisions. Following his high-profile engagement on the season 21 finale of The Bachelor, current Dancing With the Stars contestant Nick Viall toyed with the possibility of exchanging vows with fiancee Vanessa Grimaldi in an on-screen wedding.
“There’s always a possibility,” Viall told Extra‘s Mario Lopez on Tuesday, April 11. “The thing about the wedding shows is that there’s a lot of Bachelor engaged couples. They don’t always do weddings.”
In the past, Bachelor couples who’ve opted to marry on-screen include Jason and Molly Mesnick, Trista and Ryan Sutter, Sean and Catherine Lowe, and more.
For now, the four-time recurring franchise personality said his engagement comes first. “Vanessa and I are just focused on our relationship,” he continued. “When we decide it’s time for us to take that next step, we’re just going to plan a wedding, and if the show wants us, great. If not… We’re not really focused on whether it’s going to be televised or not.”
His latest sentiments echo what he and Grimaldi previously discussed in a call with The Knot and other reporters following the finale last month. “I don’t think we have like a set date. I mean I think it is more about our relationship and how it progresses,” he said of a wedding. “We’re just being very kind of realistic about our relationship and things that, you know, we’re most looking forward to or the things that we have yet an opportunity to do yet.”
Viall explained that so much of that involves everyday activities out in the open. “[It’s] some of those simple things like, you can walk together in public, going to the grocery store…” he mused in the same call. “We’re very excited about our engagement. We’re also realistic that, you know we’re not a couple that’s known each other for a year, year-and-a-half, before we got engaged. So you know, we’re going to walk before we run, so to speak.”
Other currently engaged franchise couples include season 11 Bachelorette Kaitlyn Bristowe, season 12 successor JoJo Fletcher, and season 20 Bachelor Ben Higgins. Viall’s predecessor and his fiancee, Lauren Bushnell, opted to sign on for their very own spin-off series on Freeform in 2016, which explored the sometimes-contentious aftermath of dating dozens of women on the show.
Grimaldi told reporters how she and Viall felt about following suit. “I mean, we haven’t really thought about that much,” she confessed last month. “Right now, we’re just focusing on working on our relationship and building a foundation together. So we’re happy with what we have now.”
Viall later added, “There are some obstacles that, you know, come with starting relationships, while I date 29 other women and then have to relive that experience. Like I said, we’re going to give it our best shot and we’re going to treat each other with respect. We’re going to put each other first. And we’re going to do everything we know we should do to make this work.”