Hoda Kotb surprised viewers of The Ellen DeGeneres Show when she revealed her plans for a “simple” fall wedding and also mentioned the possibility of adding one more child to her family. The Today Show host, who recently became engaged to Joel Schiffman, told Ellen that the couple would likely tie the knot in the fall of this year.
“We’re planning it,” Hoda revealed of her nuptials, as reported by Today.
“I think we’re going to do it in the fall. I think it’s going to be super simple, like no big deal. We’ll bring some friends. We’ll probably be on a beach somewhere,” she explained, describing what she hopes will be her perfect wedding day.
Hoda also noted that she never felt an urgent need to get married to Joel because she felt confident in the love they shared and the family they had created. It was an idea they had talked about but never moved forward on.
It was not until Joel actually got down on one knee and proposed that the talk show host revealed her feelings changed. She explained to Ellen that she actually fell more in love with Joel after his surprise proposal.
Hoda and Joel became engaged during a quick tropical vacation, when Joel revealed his intentions towards his love of six years. After sharing a moonlit dinner, during dessert, Joel presented Hoda with a stunning five-carat Asscher cut diamond set in a blue sapphire halo.
Along with wedding plans, the beloved news anchor also revealed to Ellen that she is preparing to expand her home and heart for a third child.
Hoda said she was not one hundred percent sure of her decision, but she acknowledged that there were signs she could not ignore that might lead the clan to become a family of five, Today reported.
The couple currently have two daughters — Hayley Joy and Hope Catherine.
Hoda told the Ellen audience that she was writing in her journal and asked herself if she should bring a third child into her and Joel’s life.
The talk show host said she then asked if she and Joel have enough love and time to devote to a third child and if it would benefit their family to welcome another baby.
All the answers pointed to yes, so Hoda acknowledged to Ellen that “maybe the answer is yes.”
The couple manages to balance family time with their demanding jobs. Joel is a financier and Hoda is an anchor for The Today Show and Today with Hoda and Jenna, which she hosts alongside Jenna Bush Hager.