It's wedding season, y'all, and guess who's getting married?
The beautiful, wonderful Erin Andrews is approaching her wedding day with fiancé Jarret Stoll and the couple couldn't be more excited.
I know nothing about ~finding true love~ but I imagine it's a thrilling experience. At the same time, however, I also hear planning a wedding takes a WHOLE lot of time, effort, and money.
Good thing I'm dying alone!
I was able to sit down with the Dancing with the Stars host to talk about how she maintains a healthy, well-balanced lifestyle in preparation for her wedding day for Elite Daily. On top of that, she also has an exciting partnership with White Claw, so we got to chat about it all.
White Claw is a new hard seltzer, and let me tell you, it's delicious. Andrews stopped by Elite Daily and brought me some of their flavors, so yes, I'm now an expert on the refreshment.
Immediately when I saw the packaging, I pictured myself cracking open a cold one on the beach, working on my sun tan and probably getting burnt in the summer heat.
I started off by asking Andrews to tell me a little more about the partnership and how she'd describe the beverage to someone who's never tried it before. She says,
Well, you mentioned reading about it makes you want to be on a beach. So, I do live on a beach in California, and kind of like our thing every single Saturday, we have a huge group of friends that we just do beach days – we call them beach days. And everybody brings their coolers and everybody brings their beverages and for a while – all the rage a couple years ago was boxed wine for us, we thought that was hilarious – but now all our friends are into seltzer water, and we've noticed that hard seltzer is kind of the trend this summer. And you mentioned the packaging and everything. You can bring that on a beach. It's not a bottle. It's not in a glass. It's easy to throw in your YETI [cooler]. It's easy to throw in a cooler. Super cute.
White Claw comes in four different flavors: raspberry, black cherry, ruby grapefruit, and lime. Lime is Andrews' favorite, but I'm more of a grapefruit gal.
The sportscaster mentioned she loves hard seltzer so much because she likes taking care of her body. She explains,
The other thing that makes sense for me besides the fact that I like to drink on a beach is that I'm somebody that obviously, documented, I like working out, I take care of my body, a) for stress level, and b) because I'm on television for a living. It's low cal., low sugar, no artificial flavors, purity in the alcohol – that's what separates this hard seltzer from the others.
After Erin Andrews and I shared a few laughs (we're close now, it's fine), I asked her how she's finding time to plan a wedding and, you know, live her life. She shares,
I have no idea. I have a wedding planner. My wedding is like literally in a week and a half, so, yeah, no, it's – I may need that entire case in about five seconds. Literally was on a plane answering every single email from my wedding planner yesterday, so, it's crunch time.
Totally feel you, girl. I'm at that age where now all of my friends and co-workers are starting to get engaged. It's a fun time, really. Facebook is a special place.
I asked Andrews if she has any advice for recently engaged couples, specifically millennials, on when they should start planning. She tells me,
Well, we did ours really fast. We were engaged in December ... it was a six-month engagement. So this was really fast for us. But, for me, I joke around and tell everybody I'm 175 yeas old, so why do we need to wait any longer to get married?
But for us it was just like – we have a lot of friends that play in the NHL – so really the only time you can get married is in the summer. And you never know if your friends are gonna win the [Stanley] Cup which, bougie problems, but you don't, so you typically have now until July before camp starts up. So this was the perfect time for us to get married so our friends could come that play in the [National Hockey] League. But yeah, I'm lucky because my guy was really involved in all the planning. I mean, even yesterday he's in Ireland golfing and I was sending him, 'Do you like this calligraphy?' I mean, my guy was like, he wants to be involved in it all, so I feel like I was very fortunate along the way because he was into every little detail and he wanted to pick the menu and like we sat there with our DJ list and picked out all the songs and everything.
WOW, I wish I had a man. (Do you guys know I'm single?)
I then asked Andrews to walk me through her favorite and least favorite parts about planning a wedding. I mean, it's gotta be stressful AF, right?!
My favorite part of planning is just knowing that friends we haven't seen in a while or friends that are on different teams now are gonna be there. We're gonna be all together. Like I think that's the cool part. My girlfriends on the west coast were texting me all night last night... I was like, 'Guys, I have to go to bed. I'm in New York.' And they're like, 'Oh my God, we're gonna dance to this song and this song!' The hardest part I think is just making sure everybody's happy and taken care of and all that.
Honestly, yeah. I'm down to have a wedding with just a bunch of my friends... who needs a husband, anyway?
Andrews got real with me, though, and admitted she's not much of a "wedding girl." She explains,
It's hilarious, my wedding planner texted me yesterday and she said, 'I know you're a total tomboy, but do you like this design?' And it was something very girly and I wrote her back and I said, 'I actually do. Do you like it?' And she said, 'I wouldn't send you anything I didn't like.' But, I think that's the one thing for me, I'm just not the girl that like dreamt of the wedding. I wasn't the girl that, you know, was like Shelby [Eatenton Latcherie] from Steel Magnolias 'Blush and Bashful.' I mean, didn't plan on doing all this kind of stuff and that's why I have a planner that's like, 'This is really traditional. This is what you do.' For us, it was just kind of like, we wanted it to be so much about our personalities and about our friends – our friends are huge in our life – and like what we like to do with them.
ERIN ANDREWS IS LITERALLY ME (except really successful, gorgeous, and in love). But seriously, how relatable is she?!
Here's when I knew she was my idol. When I asked what kind of wedding cake she'll serve, here's what she had to say:
Duncan Hines Yellow Cake [with] chocolate frosting. That's all I wanted. I realized everybody's like super excited about tastings and stuff and I was like, 'Guys, no offense. I want Duncan Hines Yellow Cake [with] chocolate frosting.'
I'M OBSESSED WITH YOU!
Moral of the story: Andrews is everything I aspire to be and more. I'm planning a wedding with Duncan Hines Yellow Cake, White Claw, and 50 of my closest friends (lmao, JK, I only have like... two).
Congrats on your engagement! Have the most beautiful wedding ever. I'll keep an eye out for my invite in the mail.