The groom was a little shell-shocked, while the bride was thrilled that every eye was on her. Even so, after an often-bumpy 40-year courtship, Miss Piggy and Kermit the Frog were finally standing together at the altar.
Never one to be shy, even on the topic of their long-awaited nuptials, Miss Piggy tells PEOPLE exclusively that yes, she did have wedding jitters before walking down the aisle.
“What bride doesn’t?” she says. “They were jitters of joy! This day, even more than most, was all about moi! A real shame you can only do this once, at least if you’re doing it right.”
Asked how her reluctant hubby-to-be and frequent costar – the two can currently be seen in Disney’s star-studded Muppets Most Wanted – felt about the wedding, the buxom, blonde bride, who famously nagged her groom for decades to put a ring on it, responds, “I’m not exactly sure. The last time I saw him he was still in shock.”
About the guest list: “Yes, all the Muppets were there,” says Miss Piggy. “Kermit insisted.” Did this also include celebrities? “Celebrities! Sweetie, if you weren’t there, you got kicked of the ‘official celebrities’ list.”
A Rolls and a Ring Fit for Royalty
Arriving for the wedding in a white Rolls Royce befitting royalty, as well-wishers cheered her on, Miss Piggy floated down the aisle in a frothy Vivienne Westwood Couture wedding dress designed exclusively for her.
The outfit all but screamed romance: a long Ivory Court gown, with corset detailing and paillettes (that’s French for sequins) made from recycled plastic bottles, topped by an ivory tulle veil.
“The bride looked stunning,” a source tells PEOPLE.
The demanding diva landed the dress in true Miss Piggy fashion.
“I reached out to fashion legend Vivienne Westwood and asked her to design a dress for moi,” says Miss Piggy, adding, “And when I say ‘reach out,’ I mean it. She was sitting near me during Milan Fashion Week. I had to knock over three dowagers to get to her. What she came up with is, dare I say it, worthy of moi.”
Finding the right ring wasn’t as easy as finding the right dress – or frog, Miss Piggy admits.
“I tried to get Tiffany’s, Cartier and Harry Winston in a bidding war for the rings, but they each insisted on getting naming rights for the whole ceremony, so that fell through,” she says. “The rings are meant to be symbols of our love for each other, but they must also make another statement. And that statement is: ‘Wow! Look at the size of that rock!’ ”
The couple also wished to keep their wedding intimate – minus bridesmaids or groomsmen.
“It was just ‘Kermie and moi,’ ” says Miss Piggy. “That’s the only party I care about. Oh sure, I want others there to witness the greatest moment in history. But at this point in our relationship, who needs a wingman?”
As for another tradition, “I wanted a wedding cake that was a work of art that would symbolized Kermie and moi’s love for each other. But mostly I wanted a cake with loads of chocolate and gobs of creamy white icing. It was art. Art you can eat – and that’s the best kind.”
A floral consultant worked with the bride to select the loveliest floral bouquet imaginable. “Something light, airy, eye-popping … yet with just the right heft for throwing,” Miss Piggy says. “Also, I wanted to make certain these were all free-range flowers … and not the kind you buy when you stop for a red light waiting to get on the freeway.”
Regarding the music, she says, “I have so many musical friends – Céeline Dion, Lady Gaga, Tony Bennett. So it’s really strange that we went with Nicky Napoleon and His Emperor Penguin Orchestra. But they were good.”
The best part of the day? “You already asked about the cake. Oh, I’m kidding! Kind of. The best part is just being with Kermie, and the smooching, of course.”
One area in which Miss Piggy remained tight-lipped: honeymoon plans.
“Oh yeah, like I’m going to tell PEOPLE that,” she said, obviously guarding her privacy. “You’d have your fleet of helicopter paparazzi swooping down on us in minutes. No, it’s a private getaway, and if you really want to know where it is, then sign here – it says you’re gonna pay.”
Keeping Her Name
She insists she will not change her name – “I’m so well known by my nom du stage I wouldn’t want to confuse my millions of fans” – also, that she has no plans to be a traditional wife. Instead, she will be “post-modern. I’m independent, but I still get to make demands.”
And her secret for holding on to her man, er, frog all these years? “Love … trust honesty. If you love each other, then he’ll trust you, even when you can’t be totally honest with him.”
Came time for our session together to end, PEOPLE had just one last question. Judging by her reaction, it did not sit well with our interview subject: Are you easy to live with, Miss Piggy?
“I am extremely easy to live with,” she huffed. “Why? Did someone tell you I wasn’t? Who was it!? C’mon tell me who told you I’m not easy to live with! Ahem, because it’s simply not true. I’m delightful, n’est ce pas?”