Nikki Bella wore John Cena dress to marry Artem Chigvintsev

She was really struggling with this decision.

At her wedding to Artem Chigvintsev in Paris in August 2022, Nikki Bella made the unorthodox choice of wearing a dress she’d previously purchased when she was engaged to John Cena.

“I had moment with that dress… when I saw it,” Nikki, 39, told us weekly ahead of her “Nikki Bella Says I Do” wedding special, which premieres Thursday.

The “Incomparable” writer said he finds the feeling “empowering” which is why he kept it up after splitting from longtime love Cena, 45, in 2018.

“I went back and forth with that decision,” the reality star admitted. “I was like wait, why shouldn’t I wear what I love? because of my past? It didn’t make sense to me.

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The reality star chose her wedding gown only half an hour before the wedding.
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While sister Brie Bella didn’t have her back (or train, in this case) at the decision, Nikki said her fiancé, 40, was surprisingly “cool about it.”

“He just sees it as a material item. He probably wanted me to save money, but then I didn’t realize until later that I bought some more clothes,” quipped the “Total Bellas” alum.

Chigvintsev said, “I didn’t think it would be such a big deal for people to react… I guess [if there’s] There is a problem with this, they are bringing some more energy to our happiness.

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The ‘Total Bellas’ star’s husband had no problem with the gown.
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Nikki wore a total of four different dresses on her big day, choosing one just 30 minutes before she said “I do.” It is unclear whether the look she was sporting was “something old” from her time with Cena.

The reality TV couple got engaged after less than a year together.


Nikki Bella and husband Artem

The reality TV couple got engaged after less than a year together.


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Nikki Bella and husband Artem

The reality TV couple got engaged after less than a year together.


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The reality TV couple got engaged in November 2019, less than a year after they started dating.

They postponed wedding plans as they welcomed their son, Matteo, in 2020.

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Nikki dated her pro-wrestler boyfriend for six years.
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