It’s shaping up to be one big bash!
Mario Lopez and Courtney Mazza are preparing to say “I do” this weekend — and In Touch has all the details of what’s set to go down before, during and after the gorgeous nuptials at close pal Joe Francis' gorgeous Casa Aramara villa in Punta Mita, Mexico, on Dec. 1.
To start things off, the pair will hold a pre-wedding soiree on Nov. 30.
“The theme is a ‘white party’ with everyone being asked to dress in casual, white beach attire,” one source tells In Touch. “There will be cocktails, a taco bar with beef, chicken and seafood tacos, a fresh fruit bar and a Tequila bar — with Tequila from all over Mexico. A mariachi band and DJ will supply the music as bonfires burn on the beach.”
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As for the nuptials, it will be a more formal affair with the couple exchanging vows in front of a Catholic priest, whom Mario is flying in for the big event, at 5 p.m. ET. “Mario and Courtney want to say their vows before sunset so everyone can start partying as the sun goes down,” another source tells In Touch. “There will be nighttime fireworks on the beach!”
What can the 150-200 guests, including bridesmaid Eva Longoria, expect to munch on? Everything from fish and chicken to vegetable lasagna and other pasta dishes.
And the cake, designed by TLC’s Cake Boss star Buddy Valastro, will be just as yummy.
“Courtney wanted a chocolate cake and he longed for red velvet layers,” the source says, adding, “But the two finally agreed on alternating layers of chocolate and red velvet, with a creamy vanilla frosting.”
In October, Mario revealed he'll be in charge of the musical entertainment, including mariachis, a DJ and salsa. His wife-to-be is heading the flowers, food, cake and colors.
“Our [2-year-old] daughter, Gia, will be the flower girl,” he shares. “We are going to practice with her. My nieces will also be walking down the aisle to help her.”
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So what’s the first order of business as man and wife? “They’ve been polishing up their salsa dancing techniques because they plan for their first wedding dance as a couple to be a sexy salsa!” the source shares.
But with Mario juggling his time between The X Factor and Extra, a honeymoon for these two will just have to wait.
"Mario is too busy working so they are planning for one sometime down the line, but it’s not planned yet,” an insider shares with In Touch.
And you can see it all go down! Be sure to tune into their two-hour wedding special, Mario & Courtney's Wedding Fiesta, on Dec. 8 at 8 p.m. ET on TLC.