Ex-Spice Girl and TV presenter Melanie Brown, 35, opens up about her marriage to movie producer Stephen Belafonte. The pair recently announced they are expecting their first child together.
What was your wedding to Stephen like?
I had two weddings: a really low-key one in Las Vegas [in June 2007] with Stephen and his brother. Then ten months later we planned for 40 of our friends and family to fly over to Egypt (where we own a house) for a six-day wedding. We had each day planned, whether it was spas for the girls or golf for the guys. On the wedding day we all went dirt-biking and camel-riding in the desert, then we had a sunset wedding.
What did you wear?
I wore Monique L'Huillier - she does really pretty styles. I chose a soft pink, which I really didn't expect to go for. I thought I'd pick something more fitted and glam with a fish-tail but this was so much more traditional. I still have it so hopefully one of my girls will wear it when they get married. I wore Coco Chanel Mademoiselle as my perfume and flew in my hair and make-up people.
Does being married change your
You definitely feel closer; you have more of a responsibility to each other - more respect.
Have you made any sacrifices?
I couldn't name one thing but things shift constantly when you are married. You have to discuss and make joint decisions on everything, whether it's where you go on vacation or which school you'll put your kid in, to what colour you're going to paint the bathroom - it's all a discussion.
How do you keep the spark alive in your marriage?
We're the same age (there is 11 days between us) and we talk about everything. And we have therapy every now and again to make sure we're on-point with one another and presenting the best version of ourselves. We have arguments like anybody, but the arguments got less and less when we began to understand one another, it's all about communication.
What advice would you give a bride-to-be?
My dad said both times before I walked down the aisle 'you really don't have to go through with this if you don't want to'. I think that's a good reality check - no matter how much effort you've put into the flower arrangements and seating plans. And if you can honestly say 'yes', it will be the best decision you've ever made.