Tinsley Mortimer may have to wait a little longer to say “I do.”
The “Real Housewives of New York” star, 44, and her fiancé, Scott Kluth, became engaged in November 2019, but their wedding plans are now on hold amid the coronavirus pandemic.
“We were thinking about doing something in Japan. And clearly, anything in Asia was then all of a sudden, completely off-limits,” she told E!. “When you’re planning anything and you have to think ahead, we’re at a time in our lives right now that we really just don’t know what’s going on and where we can travel and what we can do.”
“So we’re kind of just waiting to see what’s going to happen with the world,” Mortimer added. “But we have some really good ideas that we can sort of put [in place] once we know really officially when we’re going to be able to travel again and be out.”
Location also seems to be an issue for their wedding day.
“We definitely want to do destination in some way,” she said. “You know [having it] in New York or having it in Chicago, we would have to make it very big and we really both want to have it smaller so we think that doing destination we’d be able to make it more intimate and smaller. So that’s our plan. But you never know, we might have to go into like court or something here in Chicago or do it at the home because we can’t leave so God knows. We’ll see.”
The reality star noted she wanted a “small wedding,” though her on-air personality may express more. She brought her mother, Dale Mercer, to try on wedding dresses with her before she was engaged during Season 10 (2018). They ended up crying over her frozen eggs while Mortimer was still in a gown.
This, of course, isn’t Mortimer’s first time walking down the aisle — she was married to Topper Mortimer from 2002 until 2010 — and she’s learned a thing or two from that experience, especially when it comes to her mother’s role.
“To be perfectly honest, I am keeping her out of it,” Mortimer added of her mother’s involvement in the wedding planning process. “I just don’t want this to be too overly complicated and stressful. I know that weddings can always be that way.”
“I was married before and I had a big huge wedding and my mother was super involved and she was amazing at it but you know, I really, this time just want to make this streamlined [and] less complicated, less stressful and just not be overwhelmed by it because weddings can be very overwhelming.”
She added, “I’m older, you know, it’s like different… And so yes, she’s not involved. She’s actually happier. She said, ‘I don’t even want to be involved now.’ She knows that she can be a little bit overbearing, so she’s just happy that I’m gonna deal with it.”
As for her “RHONY” costars, it’s also unclear who will make the guest list.
“Of course I’ve thought about it and I’m not gonna say who I have thought about having, but of course I have thought about it,” she said. “And there will most likely will be one or two.”