Kaitlyn Bristowe said yes to the dress … twice!
The Bachelorette alum, who met, fell in love with and got engaged to Shawn Booth on season 11 of the ABC reality series, sat down with her fiancé on The Morning Breath on Tuesday and revealed that she got not just one, but two gowns for her big day.
Earlier this month, Bristowe — who is living in New York with Booth while hosting Home for the Holidays, a Broadway show at the August Wilson Theatre, in November and December — documented her time in a New York bridal salon, when she “tried on wedding dresses all day.“
“My girlfriend is Hayley Paige here in New York,” Bristowe, 32, explained to co-hosts Claudia and Jackie Oshry about her time spent trying on white dresses. “So she obviously gets super excited over wedding dresses, and we’ve talked about it. So she’s just shown me some of her designs, and I think I chose one that I really loved.”
Bristowe added that “there’s two” wedding gowns that she’s decided upon, and she plans to wear both when she ties the knot.
Since saying yes to her dresses, Bristowe admitted that her zest for planning the celebration has been ignited.
“I want him to go try on a tuxedo or something to get him in the mood,” she shared as she turned to Booth and said, “I want you to do something that gets you in the mood because it did get me in the mood.”
Although millions of viewers watched the lovebirds get engaged on national television, the pair didn’t replay their special moment “for a long time.”
“We thought on the live aftershow, After the Final Rose, we skipped watching it because we thought they’d play it back for us so that we could have that moment … and then they didn’t show it and then we kind of forgot about it for a while,” said Bristowe. “We were at Shawn’s sister’s house and she put it on and we were like, ‘Oh my gosh, this is really cute!’ “
“It was just one take,” Booth, 30, said of the proposal. “What we were saying to each other was real and authentic, but then we had to put the ring on the finger a couple of times.”
While the pair is thankful to have found love through the reality series, they candidly admitted their belief that Bachelor/ette producers are now more concerned about ratings versus finding compatible matches for contestants.
“They don’t care anything about the relationships,” Booth said. “They don’t care if a relationship works. They just want the ratings.”
Said Bristowe, “Any successful television show, whether it be a reality show, whatever, they care about the ratings.”
“They do want a happy ending,” said Booth, before Bristowe chimed in, “for ratings.”
Season 22 of The Bachelor premieres Jan. 1 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.