Jenny McCarthy, Donnie Wahlberg Might Elope: We Want “a Small Wedding”

Jenny McCarthy and Donnie Wahlberg
Jenny McCarthy and Donnie Wahlberg spoke with Us Weekly about their wedding plans at a Pandora private dinner held at downtown NYC hotspot Beauty & Essex on Wednesday, April 30. Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images

So happy together! Jenny McCarthy and Donnie Wahlberg chatted with Us Weekly about their future wedding plans on Wednesday, April 30. The recently-engaged couple, who attended a Pandora private dinner together at downtown NYC hotspot Beauty & Essex, "looked extremely happy and in love," according to one onlooker.

"I'd like a small wedding," Wahlberg told Us. "A perfect wedding for me would be Jenny, myself, and our three boys." (This will be the second marriage for both stars. McCarthy, 41, was previously married to director John Mallory Asher, with whom she shares son Evan. Wahlberg, 44, shares two sons, Xavier and Elijah, with first wife Kim Fey.)

So does that mean they might elope? McCarthy simply smiled at her fiance and quipped, "We haven't decided yet." Laughing, the View co-host told Us that since getting engaged to Wahlberg last month, her wedding plans have gone back-and-forth.

"It depends on the day," she said. If the two plan to have a formal ceremony, it will take place before 150 guests, including 6 or 7 groomsmen and bridesmaids on each side. "All of my bridesmaids are going to wear Pandora jewelry!" McCarthy dished.

"It would be this year or next year," she added. "We like the idea of getting away on a vacation, but we also like the idea of keeping it local," citing Boston (Wahlberg's hometown) and Chicago (where McCarthy was raised) as potential options. Or, McCarthy joked, "find something in the middle, and force everyone to get there."

"As long as she's there, I'm there," Wahlberg said.

If the couple does not elope, they have multiple treats in store for guests throughout their ceremony and reception. "Andy [Cohen] would officiate if we're not eloping!" McCarthy said. She also shared that she would "like to write my own" vows.

As for food options, Wahlberg hasn't ruled out Wahlburgers for guests. "Like a to-go bag," he joked of the burger chain launched by his family.

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The couple, according to an eyewitness, "seemed really in love" at Wednesday's dinner. "He had his arm around her and they kept looking at each other and talking to each other—more than to the interviewer!" the onlooker recalls.

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