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Nikki Bella Tells Us What She’s Learned While Planning Her Wedding: The Dress, The Bachelorette Party, and More Details

Nikki Brie Bella wedding planningThe ‘Total Bellas’ twin, who’s engaged to John Cena, tells The Knot in an exclusive interview where exactly she stands with wedding planning details. (Photo by Monica Schipper/WireImage)

Intimate footage of two big life events will be revealed in the opening sequence of season 2 of Total Bellas. Viewers will witness Brie Bella rushing into labor and welcoming her first child with Daniel Bryan, while Nikki Bella‘s high-profile engagement to longtime love John Cena at WrestleMania 33 will be revisited once again.

“It was so dramatic,” Brie tells The Knot in an exclusive interview. “I definitely thought I was going to have an easy labor, but 21 hours and an emergency C-section later… Even though my labor was really hard, Bryan didn’t leave my side. I don’t think he went to the restroom.” Her twin sister adds, “I was holding her leg. I took the front wanting to see it all.”

Now that Brie’s welcomed her first child with her husband, the focus has shifted to Nikki’s engagement and wedding planning. “I do have a date, I can’t share it yet,” says the future bride. “It’s going to be a longer engagement rather than a shorter engagement. I kind of freaked. Not only are John and I are really busy… I want us to have the few weeks before it off and a few weeks after to be in wedding bliss. I can be married forever, so I just want a long engagement. I just want to be a fiancee.”

Accompanying Nikki’s extended engagement is a thorough dive into planning her nuptials to the actor. The lessons she’s learned includes one simple takeaway: For the Bellas, guests come first. Here’s what the sisters tell us below.

The Venue

Nikki learned that one of the biggest steps—finding a venue—is much more complicated than expected. “I have to take into [account] if there are good hotels and good bed and breakfasts for your family members,” she says. “Where is your rehearsal dinner? Everyone thinks of the wedding day, ‘I want to get married in a vineyard.’ But you have to think about the whole weekend for the guests.”

The Dress

The bride will wear a Marchesa dress during her ceremony, though the reception options are open. “It is gorgeous,” she says of the gown. “They gave me Perrier-Jouët when I walked in so they scored a ton of points. And a macaron.”

The first attempt turned out to be the perfect match. “There was this one dress that I was drawn to. My sister was like, ‘Everyone’s excited about this one dress, but don’t be disappointed when you try it on [if it isn’t the one]. And it was amazing,” she recalls. “My 85-year-old nana was like, ‘This is for you.’”

The Planner

“I have a group. We’re on a group call after this,” she says. “It was fun going through the wedding planner process because it was interviews. I could tell everyone wanted to wine and dine me. Everyone had a charcuterie and cheese plate and wine. I could do that for breakfast lunch and dinner every day.”

The Bridal Party

The bride will decidedly have two maids of honor, but she’s relatively unclear about whether she even wants bridesmaids. “I go back and forth with it,” Nikki says. “I don’t know if I’m too old to have bridesmaids.”

Her twin interjects, “The majority of girls attending the wedding would be standing up there… It’s almost like you’re back in middle school [jotting down names].”

The Bachelorette Party

This element is already secured. “We’re going to do a 10-day Paris trip,” the bride resolutely reveals. “All my friend’s husbands are like, ‘No, that’s not a bachelorette party.’” But the bride wanted to model her bachelorette party after one famous author’s personal travels. “It’s an ‘Eat, Pray Love’ trip. Like, Elizabeth Gilbert’s,” she adds. Her sister jokes, “Bryan’s favorite movie is You’ve Got Mail. Sleepless in Seattle.”

The Entertainment

“Music was a big thing to think about,” says Brie. “Bryan and I, we love both music. It was weird to pick out music.” Her sister adds, “That’s one thing I consider… We think about our guests more than ourselves.”

The Menu

The couple has yet to decide on menu options, but there is one certainty about the libations. “I want a champagne tower. PJ getting poured down,” Nikki says. “John’s like ‘great.’”

The Floral Arrangements

The bride didn’t realize that her flowers would need to be seasonally appropriate. “I didn’t know,” she says. “I was like, ‘Wait, I can’t get whatever I want?’”

The same applied to the color scheme. Her twin sister adds, “She was just looking at invitations and that was shocking.”

Tune in to Total Bellas at 9 p.m. ET on Wednesday, September 6, on E!

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Esther Lee
Esther Lee
Esther is the Senior News Editor at The Knot. A self-proclaimed pop culture enthusiast, she appreciates a good celebrity interview just as much as she adores Nancy Meyers movies. You can find her kicking off her mornings with barre and a green juice, traveling and exploring new cultures, and rapidly scrolling her feed for the latest and greatest news. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter at @theestherlee.