Dancing with the Stars’ Derek Hough is preparing for his wedding to his fiancée Hayley Erbert, and the dancer says the party will be like a festival.
Derek Hough and Hayley Erbert are engaged, and the Dancing with the Stars judge says he’s prepared for their wedding to be a “full-on festival.” The couple met in 2014 when Hayley, a contestant on So You Think You Can Dance season 10, joined Derek on tour as a dancer. The two began dating a year later. Hayley joined her fiancé on DWTS in 2016, and in 2020 she and Derek performed a paso doble for the audience. During the 2020 lockdown, the couple performed a routine to “Be Our Guest” from Beauty & The Beast while dressed as the movie characters for Disney’s at-home Sing-Along.
Derek announced his and Hayley’s engagement on Instagram with a romantic post on June 2. The two were posed in their home with a romantic set of flowers, feathers, and candles behind them. Their friends flooded the comments with love and congratulations for the happy couple. Since they’ve been together for seven years, Derek and Hayley have admitted that they don’t want a long engagement. The two are seemingly ready to tie the knot and have plenty of ideas about how to make their big day an unforgettable and special evening for everyone lucky enough to make the guest lists.
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Derek and Hayley shared their excitement about the wedding, including what they want their special day to be like. Derek told People that he already has locked in a few performers for the big day and plans for the party to be very eventful. “I’m not going to name names right now, but I’ve already asked a few people to perform at the wedding, and they’ve already committed,” Derek revealed. “So it’s going to be a full-on festival — I’m very excited about it.” Hayley shared that she would love to have a lantern ceremony at the wedding, and Derek noted he’d make sure to include that in their planning.
However, Derek also revealed that, unfortunately, he and Hayley have no plans to perform at their reception. While they plan to do lots of dancing, there will be no big routine as Derek and Hayley both want to enjoy their day. As for where their wedding will be held, the couple is most concerned with making sure it’s a convenient spot that all their friends and family can get to. While Derek first said he wants the wedding to be about his soon-to-be wife, she corrected him, saying it should be about them both.
It seems the happy couple has a lot of planning to do. While DWTS fans would have loved to see the two put on a special performance, it’s understandable that they wouldn’t want to be working the day of their wedding. There’s still hope that Derek’s sister Julianne Hough will have something planned to surprise her brother and his wife. Either way, the DWTS judge and his fiancée are sure to have a fantastic wedding that everyone will remember for years to come.
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