“I’m putting the planning in the hands of professionals,” says Hoda Kotb

By Emily Strohm
February 19, 2020 09:15 AM
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Hoda Kotb is counting down the days until her beach wedding to fiancé Joel Schiffman, but the Today co-host isn’t sweating the small stuff!

“I’m putting the planning in the hands of professionals,” Kotb, 55, tells PEOPLE.

“All I want is Joel, [daughters] Haley and Hope, and my closest inner circle. I can picture Joel at the end of the aisle and Haley and Hope wondering what’s going on,” she says.

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Schiffman, 61, proposed to Kotb while on vacation in Mexico on Nov. 23 (the two dated for six years).

Hoda Kotb and Joel Schiffman
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The couple were finishing a romantic dinner on the beach when “the next thing I know he pulls the chair out and gets down on his knee,” Kotb said in December. “We were both crying. He had tears coming down his face, and he could barely get it out, but he asked, ‘Will you be my wife?’ I said, ‘Yes, yes, yes!’ ”

Hoda Kotb and Joel Schiffman with daughters Hope Catherine and Haley Joy
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The TV host, who adopted Haley Joy, 3, in 2017 and Hope Catherine in April 2019, adds that “sand and drinks and a great deejay” will be part of her nuptials.

For Kotb’s co-host Jenna Bush Hager — with whom she recently debuted a revamped version of Today’s fourth hour named Hoda & Jenna & Friends, featuring a live studio audience — tissues will also be a must.

Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush Hager

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Hoda Kotb and Joel Schiffman
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“We’ll all be in tears,” says Hager, 38. Still, Kotb is feeling serene about her big day. “Everything’s just the backdrop for a beautiful moment.”

“And that’s all I want — just one beautiful moment,” says Kotb. “The rest of it’s just drunk dancing.”