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Like many couples, Mario Falcone and Becky Miesner have seen their wedding plans shelved thanks to Covid. Now they are hoping it will be fourth time lucky, as they have pushed back their plans yet again, to 2022.
And as the couple enjoyed a break at Port Lympne Reserve in Kent with their two-and-a-half year-old son Parker, Mario admitted to OK! that while he rose to fame on TOWIE, when it came to drawing up a guest list for their wedding, none of his former castmates made the cut…
"It’s very close friends and family. The only celebrity coming is Vicky Pattison. I’ve always remained really good friends with her – myself, Becky and Parker all love her and Ercan. They’re like family to me.'
Though of course there will be a very famous couple in attendance, as one of Mario's two sisters is of course 2021's Queen of the Castle Giovanna Fletcher, while her husband Tom Fletcher – who is due to be one of the best men – found fame as a member of McFly.
"Of course, Giovanna and Tom will also be there but they’re not celebs to me. Although Gi is queen of the castle now!"
But while the TOWIE gang's names aren't on the list for the couple's nuptials abroad, that doesn't mean that Mario's completely turned his back on them, after quitting the hit series.
"I’ll probably have a big English party when we get back and I’ll invite a few people from TOWIE . I wouldn’t invite the whole cast – it would just be a select few who I still speak to and like. I still speak to Pete Wicks, Lockie, Ferne McCann, Danni Armstrong and Tommy Mallet."
And the down-to-earth dad admits that the couple are counting their blessings, when it comes to having to rethink their plans so many times.
"It is sad as I’ve been wanting to give Becky her dream day for the last three years," Mario explains. "The first time it got cancelled it was because of Parker, so something far better came along, and now twice because of Covid. So it will be fourth time lucky next summer. But we know we’re lucky – we have our health, Parker and each other. It’s not like the day is never going to happen."
While the couple had planned for a fabulous wedding ceremony aboard, Mario and Becky have taken a practical view over the complications of Covid and realised their dream day just isn't going to work right now, for them or their families.
"We were waiting for the first green list and once we got that we thought, “This is too stressful.” No one has flights booked, we can’t quarantine and we can’t expect our guests to. It’s also the expense of the PCR tests [a medical swab test for Covid-19].
I went to Portugal recently for work and it ended up costing me £1,000! Both my sisters have a few children so it will be a hell of a lot of money. With all the restrictions in place as well, it’s not your wedding day if you have to think about wearing a mask or not being able to dance. Our mindset is on getting married next year."
Becky would love Parker to be a pageboy, when the ceremony eventually takes place. But she reckons he'll decide on his role for the day, and the couple know he'll be in his element hanging out with his cousins, including Giovanna's trio, Buddy, Buzz and Max.
"He’ll be charging round with his cousins having the best day of his life," laughs Mario. "My sister Giovanna [Fletcher]’s children will be pageboys and my other sister Giorgina’s children will be a pageboy and flower girl. I have a tailor making me a bespoke suit, and me and Parker are going to have matching suits. With it being delayed, it’s actually worked out better because if we’d got married when we were supposed to the first time, Parker would have been a bit of a pain. He was only six months old and Becky was still breastfeeding so she wouldn’t have been able to properly enjoy herself."
And now that the wedding is definitely off the agenda for 2021, besotted parents Mario and Becky are turning their attention to giving little Parker a sibling.
"We’re definitely open to giving Parker a little brother or sister now we know the wedding is next year," he says. "I don’t think we’ll put pressure on it though, as that’s when it doesn’t happen. We don’t do the whole ovulation sticks because it’s too much pressure. I’m not a performing monkey for three days of the month. It’s more just lack of prevention and enjoying the process! If it happens then fantastic and if not it will come after the wedding and we’ll have something to look forward to."
And when that wedding day does happen, you know that the Falcones will celebrate in style!
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