Ever since Gretchen Rossi made the unconventional move of proposing to longtime boyfriend Slade Smiley, we’ve been waiting to hear what the Real Housewives of Orange County star has up her sleeve in terms of wedding plans.
Wetpaint Entertainment got the chance to chat up the blonde beauty at SwimSpot in Santa Monica, California, where she held a meet and greet with designer Lisa Vogel to celebrate Gretchen’s brand new swimwear line, Gretchen Christine for LUXE. Gretchen gave us the lowdown on how much of her engagement fans will be seeing on Real Housewives of Orange County this season, and how hands-on Slade is with the couple’s wedding plans.
Wetpaint Entertainment: Are we going to see wedding planning?
Gretchen Rossi: This season? No. Because I just got engaged. It happened towards the end of the season. So you probably won't see wedding planning until another season.
How is that going in real life?
You know what? We haven't done any of it. Oh, my gosh, we have been so busy with work and the launch of the swim wear line, and my Gretchen Christine handbag and makeup line. We just acquired new Gretchen Christine offices and the film and the warehouse. So we have just been up to our necks busy with work, and I'm traveling almost every week for an appearance and doing something. So I can't complain. Life is fabulous, but very busy.
You sound like a hands on kind of girl.
Would you let a wedding planner take over?
Oh, gosh, no. I'm horrible. You should have seen me at my first wedding. My wedding planner was like, "This is a joke. What do I do? I just need to show up.” I am such a hands on person. I know exactly what I want. I know exactly how it's going to happen. I'm going to need the help of a wedding planner because I don't physically have the time to go and do it as much as I would like to, but I definitely am very clear on what my vision is for my day.
What about him? Does he have an opinion?
Slade, absolutely. He's worse than me.
No. I swear. He's probably worse than me. No, I'm being facetious a little.
So he has wedding opinions?
Yes. Slade, that's just what I love about him. He definitely knows what he likes, and I love that he's involved. And I love that we together are planning it. It's not just my day. It's his day too. So I love that he's going to be involved and have opinions about what he wants to do.
How do you the middle, where is that give and take?
Oh, I always win. Are you kidding me? No. The final decision is mine. However, he does get a little bit of an input. Let's put it that way [Laughs].