The wedding of Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Peta Murgatroyd is the wedding of the year—for Dancing with the Stars fans, at least. Maks famously proposed to Peta in front of a live audience at a December 2015 performance of Sway: A Dance Trilogy in Miami and fans have been following their love story ever since.
Now, less than two weeks before Maks and Peta’s big day, an insider has confirmed to Entertainment Tonight that the couple’s five-month-old son will be a big part of the ceremony. In addition, some of the most popular pro dancers from the ABC celebrity ballroom competition will be either in the wedding party or in attendance as guests, while others will be across the country at a “rival” DWTS wedding.
The ET insider revealed that Chmerkovskiy and Murgatroyd will tie the knot on July 8 and with a huge event “that will span the course of a three-day weekend.” An elite list of guests will sit down to a Shabbat dinner the night before the ceremony and will stay for a Sunday brunch the day after the wedding.
Chmerkovskiy already revealed that he chose the famed Oheka Castle on Long Island as the venue for his wedding to Murgatroyd—the DWTS pro picked has had his eye on the spot since he first emigrated to the U.S. as a teen— while his cousin, former Dancing with the Stars troupe dancer, Nicole Volynets, is helping out as a wedding planner for the couple.
As for who made the guest list, expect the dance floor to boast some amazing talent. A source told ET that longtime DWTS pros Sharna Burgess and Tony Dovolani are both in the bridal party. Maks’ brother Val Chmerkovskiy will undoubtedly be the best man, while Sharna has been a best friend of Peta Murgatroyd’s for a long time, so she’s a frontrunner for the maid of honor spot. Maks and Peta’s baby boy, Shai Aleksandr, will serve as ring bearer. Murgatroyd said she just hopes the baby doesn’t cry during the ceremony.
While all of the Dancing With the Stars pro dancers were invited to the wedding, so far Keo Motsepe is a definite for the the guest list, as are celebrity DWTS alums Amber Rose, Nyle DiMarco, and Nick Viall, who was Murgatroyd’s celebrity partner on the most recent season of the ABC dance-off.
But some of Dancing With the Stars’ biggest names will not make it to Long Island for Maks and Peta’s big day. According to ET, two-time DWTS champ turned judge Julianne Hough will marry her longtime love, Canadian pro hockey player Brooks Laich, in California on the same day that Chmerkovskiy and Murgatroyd are getting married. The couple won’t have a baby for a ring bearer, but their two dogs, Harley and Lexi, will be a part of their ceremony.
Unfortunately, this means you can count out DWTS golden boy Derek Hough and longtime Hough family friend Mark Ballas for Maks and Peta’s New York wedding, as they will obviously be toasting Julianne and Brooks at a “more intimate” affair at an undisclosed West Coast destination, rumored to be in either Malibu or Santa Barbara.
A source for ET revealed that the two couples didn’t plan to have such a major conflict. Maks and Peta reportedly set their wedding date and venue well before their son was born in January, but Brooks Laich’s hockey schedule dictated a July or August date for his wedding to Julianne. Life & Style sources say Julianne picked her date first, but Chmerkovskiy and Murgatroyd didn’t know about it.
Peta Murgatroyd may have had second thoughts about the date, or just the wedding in general. In an interview with Vulkan magazine in May, Maks talked about Murgatroyd and her cold feet.
“In my personal life, I can’t wait for my wedding in July,” Chmerkovskiy said of his bride-to-be.
“Peta keeps trying to postpone it and I’m like ‘no, I want to marry you…damn it!’ We have this crazy dream of getting married in a castle so we want to try and make that happen-in New York!’
But with the July 8 date set, the conflict has now forced the DWTS cast and crew to choose between the two weddings, and it hasn’t been an easy decision for some of them.
“You have to be either Team Hough or Team Peta and Maks,” the source told Life & Style. “There’s a lot of behind-the-scenes drama.”
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