Olivia Culpo Reveals Her Must-Haves for Wedding to Christian McCaffrey — Including Her One 'Non-Negotiable'

The model and the NFL player, who got engaged in April 2023, have been busy planning their Rhode Island nuptials

<p>Ethan Miller/Getty</p> Christian McCaffrey and Olivia Culpo in 2023

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Christian McCaffrey and Olivia Culpo in 2023

As her wedding date gets closer, Olivia Culpo is sharing her must-haves for her big day.

In a new interview with E! News, the Culpo Sisters star, 31, joked that her No. 1 wedding essential is the groom!

"He definitely has to be there," she said of her NFL player fiancé, Christian McCaffrey.

"He's a non-negotiable," she added. "Groom, family, great weather. Actually, you know what? I'm going to leave the weather part out because whatever happens, happens."

Celebratory drinks are also top of mind for the former Miss Universe. "I love champagne, so I need to have a good champagne," Culpo told E! News, adding, "I love tequila. Great food and then great friends and good energy. Just fun times."

<p>Olivia Culpo/Instagram</p> Olivia Culpo shares a photo of her and fiancé Christian McCaffrey doing a wedding cake tasting

Olivia Culpo/Instagram

Olivia Culpo shares a photo of her and fiancé Christian McCaffrey doing a wedding cake tasting

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Earlier this month, Culpo shared a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the pair checking off a fun task on their wedding to-do list: cake tasting. In a post on her Instagram Story on March 4, she shared a picture of herself and the San Francisco 49ers running back, 27, posing for the camera as they held up forks speared with small pieces of cake.

"Wedding [cake] tasting," the model captioned the snapshot, adding a party emoji.

In February, just days ahead of his team's appearance in the 2024 Super Bowl, McCaffrey praised his fiancée for being a total pro at planning their wedding.

"She's done a hell of a job," the athlete told Extra in a clip shared on TikTok at the time. "She's definitely steering the ship when it comes to anything regarding the wedding as of now. It's been going really well."

He explained that while he shares his input "when needed," Culpo gets all the credit for masterminding their upcoming nuptials.

"Obviously, her style is unbelievable and everything that she wants I also like," he noted. "I'm so thankful that I have someone like her who's not just supporting me the way she is but also handling all stuff like that, allowing me to do what I love in the moment while she's still working on her career as well."

Arturo Holmes/FilmMagic Christian McCaffrey and Olivia Culpo
Arturo Holmes/FilmMagic Christian McCaffrey and Olivia Culpo

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Culpo and McCaffrey, who were first romantically linked in May 2019, got engaged in April 2023. He popped the question while the two were vacationing together at Amangiri in Utah.

"We tried to keep this quiet for as long as possible but apparently word travels fast," Culpo wrote on Instagram at the time she shared the happy news. "I'm marrying my best friend, I love you so much, fiancé."

Related: Olivia Culpo and Christian McCaffrey's Cutest Couple Photos

Culpo later revealed the couple's wedding location in a TikTok in October.

“It took us a really long time to figure out where we wanted to get married. We were thinking Colorado for a while because that’s where Chris is from," she told her followers, before sharing that they ultimately settled on Rhode Island, the state where she grew up.

“I have to say there is a lot of pride from our little state,” she later said.

Culpo added, “It's the best state in the entire world and…I’m getting married here!"

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