“Instead of focusing on the accessories in my hair or what kind of food we’re going to have, Mike and I have been putting most of our wedding energy into COVID-19 protocols,” Cynthia told Page Six Tuesday. “And we ain’t playin’ around.”
The reality TV beauty and the Fox sportscaster have a solid plan in place so friends and family can safely enjoy their ritzy affair, on October 10. The couple will provide face masks and shields to their guests, and security will boot anyone who refuses to wear the gear.
“If anyone doesn’t adhere to the rules, then they’re just going to be asked to leave,” Cynthia told the outlet. “We’re taking this seriously, we want to protect ourselves and our guests.”
The couple’s Acworth, Ga venue, the Governors Towne Club, will provide socially-distanced indoor/outdoor seating.
“We have so many rules and regulations in play, I’m surprised anyone is coming,” Cynthia laughed. “We have sanitizing stations, we have an actual basin to wash your hands in before you enter the venue, we have temperature checks and the way the venue is set up, you can be indoors or outdoors the entire time if you want to.”
“We set up the food stations taking all of this into consideration, and you don’t have to sit at a table with people you don’t know, you can kind of move around,” Cynthia added. “It’s a huge space, so you can be as far away from people as you want while still feeling connected to the ceremony.”
Cynthia estimated her confirmed 250 guests pre-pandemic and the show is set to go on, despite obvious travel hurdles.
Kandi Burruss, Kenya Moore, and the bride’s ex-cast mate, Eva Marcille, will serve as bridesmaids, and the RHOA cast is expected to attend the event. Cynthia confirmed that NeNe Leakes was sent an invitation, despite the duo’s rocky relationship. Cynthia added that while NeNe— who announced her departure from the series last month—has yet to confirm via an RSVP, her ex bestie is still welcome to join the celebration.
“Honestly, with everything going on as far as her leaving the show, I wasn’t sure how comfortable she’d be attending the wedding knowing she has issues [with Bravo]. You just never know what someone is going through, but she’s still more than welcome to come.”
“Regardless of where NeNe and I are in our relationship, she was good for the show,” Cynthia admitted. “I’m always going to give her her props for that, you can’t take away all she’s done for the Atlanta franchise.”
Cynthia revealed that the days leading up to her big day feel differently from her walk to the altar with her ex, Peter Thomas, in 2010.
“I feel just as excited and optimistic as I did leading up to my first marriage. What’s different is that I’m different. I’m older, I’m 53 years old. I’m wiser,” she said. “The only way to learn how to be a wife is to be one, and that was my first experience. I now know what I want and what I don’t want in a relationship, in a marriage.”
“For years, I said very publicly that I’d never get married again, but God had other plans. I met Mike Hill!”
The Real Housewives of Atlanta is currently filming for Season 13.