The wedding bells are getting louder for Gabourey Sidibe.
Though many details of the celebration, which she said will take place in spring 2023, are still up in the air, Sidibe told the magazine she knows what she doesn’t want.
“It cannot be a traditional wedding. Really, it can’t be. I don’t want anything done the ‘traditional’ way,” she said. “Our relationship is very much on our terms and I want it to be fun, like a true party.”
Frankel told the magazine that though he and the Empire actress are enlisting help to plan the special day, they are trying to do as much themselves as possible.
“We like to outsource, but we’re both very involved in everything we do. We’re creative people and we’re both pretty good at executing, so we’ll have someone [helping], but we’ll definitely be super involved,” he said.
Now in planning mode, Sidibe told Brides that after trying on wedding gowns at the photoshoot for her cover, she unleashed the “power in stepping into a wedding dress.”
The Precious actress said she is staying away from traditional dresses, and rather looking at bold colors with unexpected silhouettes, oversized jewelry — and even feathers.
“I’m super against tradition,” Sidibe said. “I definitely don’t need a white dress. My favorite look [from the shoot] was the pink African print. Honestly, whatever I wear on the wedding day will probably be African print. It might have a little white, so it looks like a wedding dress, but it’s definitely going to be colorful.”
Sidibe announced her engagement to Frankel in November 2020 with a gushing Instagram post about him.
“It’s weird that people think we’re already married but I guess our hearts and intentions for each other are just that clear to see,” she wrote alongside a video and photo of herself and Frankel at the time. “My BFF proposed and now I get to hold him forever,” she added. “The funniest man I’ve ever met. The sweetest human to exist.”
Sidibe and Frankel met on the exclusive, members-only dating app Raya. Sidibe told Brides that before meeting Frankel, who has been married once before, she had never pictured herself with a lifelong partner.
“I couldn’t imagine dating someone I actually liked. Turns out, totally possible! So, I’m really happy to have been wrong about where I saw my life going, partnership-wise. [Brandon] is an incredible, incredible partner,” she said in the interview.
Though Frankel spent weeks planning what he thought would be a surprise proposal, Sidibe admittedly discovered some clues.
Her first hint, she said, was when she accidentally found a photo of her engagement ring. Then, on the day of the actual proposal in 2020, Frankel left a light on in the room where he had set up an elaborate proposal so the room would be lit for the big moment.
Sidibe noticed the light shining beneath the door before leaving the house that day and went to turn it out, revealing his master plan.
One detail that did remain a surprise, though, was Frankel’s decision to incorporate the couple’s cats into the moment by placing a collar on one of their necks that read, “Will you marry my daddy?”ORDER A COPY OF ROB’S NEW BEST SELLING BOOK! Called “America’s Number ONE Gossip Columnist” by The National Enquirer. Rob ‘Naughty But Nice’ Shuter breaks celebrity news every day on his website NaughtyGossip.com where he delivers all the dish about the stars we love in his naughty but nice signature style. You can also catch him co-hosting and breaking celebrity news on Good Day New York, The Today Show, The Talk, Wendy Williams Show, CNN, Extra and Z100’s ‘Elvis Duran.’ Previously, Rob was the Huffington Post’s only celebrity columnist and the former executive editor of OK! Magazine. Rob has also hosted his own Saturday night talk show on Mark Cuban’s channel and his own daily morning show, ‘The Gossip Table,’ on VH1! Breaking some of the biggest entertainment stories, including Jamie Lynn Spears’s pregnancy news, Britney’s first post-meltdown interview, Eva Longoria’s wedding, and baby exclusives for Jessica Alba, Tori Spelling and Mathew McConaughey’s tots, Rob always knows where to find the best scoop. Before Rob was one of the world’s most successful entertainment reporters, he was a publicist working for Jennifer Lopez, Alicia Keys, P. Diddy, Jessica Simpson and Jon Bon Jovi! Now he is bringing all this experience to his new show on I HEART MEDIA in his unique cheeky way, that is always a pinch and never a punch!