For the next two weeks, VH1.com is bringing you Keeping It 100, a look back at the major moments from VH1’s biggest shows this past year, as told by the people who lived them.
In an exclusive conversation with VH1, Yandy Smith talks about the Love & Hip Hop Live: The Wedding Special and her decision to let the fans vote for her wedding gown and how she had a meltdown about it.
We had a full concert in our room before we started filming the wedding. We were listening to Gospel music and me and Sean, who was one of my makeup artists and my hairstylist, were the stars of the concert. It was really my wedding and I was determined not to be stressed out. I came in with my Gospel music playing and I was screaming, singing at the top of my lungs. I had my fluffy flip flops on and was literally stuffing my face. I was like, I am not gonna care about my waistline because I have a dress that is gonna hold in any and everything anyway. So I stuffed my face and I had a ball.
The decision with the dress was tricky. Yes, I wanted to wear the princess dress. I was like I don’t care what the people vote for, I am going to kill something and someone in the voting world if they don’t pick this dress. I was going crazy the night before like, “Why did I decide to leave this in the voter’s hands? That was so stupid of me.” The night before it all hit me like a bag of bricks.
[To production] I was like, “I don’t care what they say. I don’t know how you guys are going to do this.” I was like, “I don’t know if people are gonna be able to see [the Twitter vote,] but they are gonna be mad because I am walking down in the princess dress.” They said, “No, Yandy, you really have to go with what the people choose because they will be able to see what is winning.”
I really, really, really wanted to wear the blinged out dress. I loved it, I absolutely loved it. I love the royal princess as well, but the blinged out princess was everything, just everything. The night before when I had my meltdown, I was like, “Oh my god, what if it doesn’t win.” I even had a secret team of fans, I said, “Listen, y’all, I don’t know how this voting thing works but get all your friends from high school, get your mama’s friends, your cousins and tell them that to vote for [the blinged out princess dress.]
I was like trying to personally rig the vote myself. I wasn’t even doing it in secret. I had something on my Twitter and I was like, “Bling Princess,” “Blinged out,” “Bling,” “Bling. I am not saying what dress I want but bling, bling, bling, bling.” I was like, “Anyone who has ever loved Yandy, call in and vote. Vote! Go online, do whatever you have to do but vote.” So, yes, I was trying to rig the vote myself.
I was beating myself up the whole night but by the time I woke up the next morning I was just so happy that the day was finally here. I was determined to not let anything stress me out and there was so much that could have. For example, I found out that we had purchased six ovens because the chef said, “Oh, they only have one oven in this kitchen? I can’t feed 230 people with one oven in an hour, I need six more ovens.” My wedding planning team was running around trying to purchase ovens so that we can cook all the food we had. But I didn’t stress about it.
I absolutely loved my other dress but I just loved it for my reception. I had a whole dream and my dream was, my blinged out princess dress for my wedding [ceremony] and the royal princess dress for my first dance. Thank God that’s the way it turned out so no one had to die.
As told to Damian Bellino