Gabourey Sidibe has every intention to make her marriage unique for her relationship. Growing up with a mother who was a wedding singer, Sidibe saw it all, but her relationship with Brandon Frankel redefined what that fairy tale looked like to her. As the cover star of Brides Magazine’s latest digital issue, the “Empire” actress shared her latest wedding plans and what fans can expect her to wear for the big day. “Throughout our engagement, I’ve always said, ‘No, we shouldn’t get married.’ Maybe we’ll throw a barbecue, get married in the bathroom, and then we’ll come out and tell everyone we’re married, “she says.
“It can’t be a traditional marriage. Really, it can’t be.”
Anyone who has gone through the wedding planning process can really prove that it is really tedious, so “getting married in the bathroom” sounds tempting. However, Sidibe and Frankel’s wedding will be far from your “normal” wedding – she doesn’t plan on having a bridesmaid or bachelorette party and she dreams of wearing a dress with an African print. “It can’t be a traditional wedding. Really, it can’t be,” Sidibe said. “I don’t want anything to happen in a ‘traditional’ way. Our relationship is very much on our own terms and I want it to be as fun as a real party.”
Now, back to the costume. Upcoming wedding dress trends include big bows, dramatic trains and most details for brides, Sidib’s vision is particularly bright. “I definitely don’t need a white dress,” he said in an interview. “Everything I wear on my wedding day will probably have an African print. It may be a little white, so it looks like a wedding dress, but it’s definitely going to be colorful.” Naturally, Sidibe is leaning towards Pinterest’s wealth, as well as co-star Daniel Brooks, who got married in January for inspiration. Brooks’ custom Christian Siriano gown was a unique three-in-one design that went from a princess gown to a body-con dress to a sleek pants outfit.
“Some energy is entering into a wedding dress.”
In the Brides Digital issue, Sidibe is shocked by some of the outfits we see her walking down the aisle. She wore a long-sleeved patterned dress by Talla on the cover. She wore a bright yellow, high-low chiffon dress from Weymouth, a gorgeous pantora bridal gown with a large bow, and a feather-covered halter cocktail dress by Neresina Couture. “Wedding dresses have some strength, and now I need more wedding dresses!” She gushed. Watch Sidibe and Frankel’s gorgeous shoot for Bride in front.