Bachelor in Paradise couple Serena Pitt and Joe Amabile have revealed their priorities when it comes to planning their wedding.

Serena and Joe already got married in a quickie courthouse wedding in New York in October, but they have plans for a bigger wedding -- for family and friends to join -- in September 2023.


Serena and Joe are currently deep into their weddings plans, as they just met with their wedding planner Christina Janda last week.

And Serena recently took to Instagram Stories to conduct a Q&A session with her fans, many of whom asked about her upcoming nuptials.

When asked what's important to her for her big day, Serena replied, "So I think wedding priorities are obviously personal and different for every couple."

"But these are a few that Joe and I want to focus on: Guest experience -- we want our friends and family to have a super fun and memorable experience. Good food + good drinks + good music," she continued, according to

Serena added, "And as people that work in the social media space we are so excited to see how the photos and videos turn out!"

Another fan wanted to know how the planning process has been going for the couple, who fell in love on Bachelor in Paradise's seventh season in 2021.

"It's going great!" Serena gushed. "It's definitely overwhelming and can be a little stressful, but shout out to our wedding planner Christine for helping us through it!"

Serena also shared a link to a YouTube video that shows the pair touring their first-choice wedding venue, The Cedar Room in Charleston, SC, late last year.

While they had second and third backup options in mind, Serena noted how she and Joe hoped to love Option No. 1 so they could just stop their search.


Serena gushed about how The Cedar Room "looked even better in person" and she thought Charleston would be "the perfect weekend wedding destination."

"I don't have any personal connection to this place, but I think us getting married here will give us a personal connection. This place will become special because it's where we'll have our wedding!" Serena explained.

"My only complaint with Charleston -- the one thing that is going to be a huge issue on our wedding day -- is the freaking humidity here. Guys, look at my hair!"

At the end of the video, Serena and Joe confirmed they had decided on The Cedar Room as their venue.

"We are super excited, and we think this space is going to be beautiful for our wedding. Next up is wedding dress shopping!" Serena said.

In November 2022, Joe and Serena said they had no desire to televise their wedding and share it with Bachelor Nation fans.

Joe looked at Serena in a YouTube video and said, "Anything in this world can change, but I highly doubt it."

The pair, who currently live in New York together, had intended to keep their first wedding a secret and only share the news with close family and friends, but a person apparently spotted them at the courthouse and so Serena and Joe were worried the story may get leaked.

Serena and Joe therefore posted a sweet video of their union on Instagram late last year, announcing their marriage in their own special way.

The Bachelor in Paradise 7 finale, which featured Joe's marriage proposal to Serena, aired in October 2021.

Serena told Us Weekly in September that she and Joe hadn't started planning their wedding yet.

"We have to be a little flexible in terms of venues and such and what's available," Serena told Us at the time. "But we would love to get married next September. We definitely wanna get married next year."


Serena also revealed that she and Joe would've be open to "maybe August or October" in 2023 as well.

Serena admitted she was "very overwhelmed by the planning process" but felt ready to dive in.

"Joe will start off saying, 'Whatever you want,' but he is an opinionated guy. He has a vision for the wedding, for sure," Serena shared in September.

"I think it's actually gonna be very 50/50. I want it to feel like our wedding, not my wedding. And if anything, I would say he's probably more opinionated than I am about this stuff... It'll be a team effort."

As far as her wedding gown goes, Serena didn't have a dream dress in mind as of last year.

"I think once we see the venue and where we pick to get married, I'll be able to start envisioning a mood board for the dress and the hair and the makeup," Serena explained.

"But I don't wanna, like, look or feel like anyone else on that day. You know, I love my neutral, glowy bronzed makeup and that's probably what I'm gonna do on my wedding day even though that's what I do every day because that's what I love."

She added, "For my wedding dress, I want it to be comfortable. If I have to wear it all night, I want to be comfortable in it."

Serena and her fiance celebrated their engagement party in July 2022, and that's when their parents met each other.

Serena and Joe believe they established a strong relationship foundation while filming Bachelor in Paradise.

Serena, for instance, never let the fact Joe's ex-girlfriend of nearly two years, Kendall Long, was on the beach get in the way of her connection with Joe.

Serena kept her eye on the prize, avoided jealousy, and trusted Joe as Kendall sought closure.

Looking back on Joe's marriage proposal, Serena previously told Becca Kufrin on her "Bachelor Happy Hour" podcast how she was in "complete shock" by Joe's decision to propose marriage on the show.

"The logical thing to do would be like, 'This is crazy. This is so fast, let's just do the step-by-step thing and get engaged down the line,'" Serena explained at the time.

"I was so emotional when he got down on one knee and I was so excited to say 'yes.' I was obviously in complete shock but I knew he was the one."

Serena called the moment "beautiful" and insisted she had no regrets about the quick engagement.

Prior to appearing on Bachelor in Paradise 7, Joe got eliminated very early from Becca's season of The Bachelorette and met Kendall on Season 5 of Paradise.

Despite being happy and in love, Joe and Kendall broke up because they couldn't agree on whether to live in Chicago or Kendall's home city of Los Angeles long-term.

Joe gave Los Angeles a chance during and after his stint on Dancing with the Stars in 2018 and wanted to move back to Chicago to be with his friends and family, but Kendall apparently wouldn't even consider relocating and trying out a life in Chicago. (Kendall is now engaged and living with her fiance in Germany).

And Serena dumped Matt James on his The Bachelor season that aired in early 2021 after her hometown date.


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Elizabeth Kwiatkowski is Associate Editor of Reality TV World and has been covering the reality TV genre for more than a decade.