Kelly Ripa reveals that she and husband Mark Consuelos spent just $179 to elope in Las Vegas

Kelly Ripa and her husband Mark Consuelos celebrated 26 years of marriage this year.

And during Tuesday’s episode of Live with Kelly and Ryan, the 51-year-old actress dished that she and Consuelos spent just $179 to elope in Las Vegas back in 1996.

‘We just had a very normal, very regular wedding,’ Ripa told co-host Ryan Seacrest. ‘It really is such an efficient way to get married. And it was fun. We were like, “Now, this is gambling! Woohoo!”‘

Bride on a budget: Kelly Ripa and her husband Mark Consuelos celebrated 26 years of marriage this year. And during Tuesday’s episode of Live with Kelly and Ryan, the 51-year-old actress dished that she and Consuelos spent just $179 to elope in Las Vegas back in 1996; Kelly and Mark seen in 2016

Ripa confessed that the stress that comes with planning a full-scale wedding might have kept the pair from walking down the aisle all together.

‘[If we] had to endure a large wedding, the planning and the seating charts and the venue — we would not have made it.

‘I don’t think we would have made it to the wedding. There would have been had feelings and blame all over the place,’ she explained. 

Ripa made it clear that she and Consuelos have zero regrets about their low-key nuptials and even suggested it may be the secret to their longevity.

‘And I can honestly say, we do not feel less married. As a matter of fact, we feel more married than those people, because we’re still married,’ she said. 

'We just had a very normal, very regular wedding,' Ripa told co-host Ryan Seacrest. 'It really is such an efficient way to get married. And it was fun. We were like, "Now, this is gambling! Woohoo"'; Mark and Kelly seen on their wedding day

‘We just had a very normal, very regular wedding,’ Ripa told co-host Ryan Seacrest. ‘It really is such an efficient way to get married. And it was fun. We were like, “Now, this is gambling! Woohoo”‘; Mark and Kelly seen on their wedding day 

Ripa explained that eloping was a rash decision inspired by the fact that she and her actor husband both happened to have ‘two days off of work.’

‘Two consecutive days off from work, both on the same day.And it was like, “Let’s go to Vegas and get married and it’ll be fun,”‘ she recalled. 

The couple were both starring on the soap opera All My Children – where the originally met in 1995 – and based in New York City.

Too much stress: Ripa confessed that the stress that comes with planning an elaborate wedding might have kept the pair from walking down the aisle all together; Kelly and Mark seen in 2019

Too much stress: Ripa confessed that the stress that comes with planning an elaborate wedding might have kept the pair from walking down the aisle all together; Kelly and Mark seen in 2019

No regrets: Ripa made it clear that she and Consuelos have zero regrets about their nuptials low-key and even suggested it may be the secret to their longevity. 'And I can honestly say, we do not feel less married. As a matter of fact, we feel more married than those people, because we're still married,' she said

No regrets: Ripa made it clear that she and Consuelos have zero regrets about their nuptials low-key and even suggested it may be the secret to their longevity. ‘And I can honestly say, we do not feel less married. As a matter of fact, we feel more married than those people, because we’re still married,’ she said

‘It was ’96 guys, remember the winter of ’96? The winter of ’96 is in the record books as the most miserable, it was an endless winter, and it was a snowstorm when we left. 

‘And we looked at the weather because we thought about going to City Hall but that was still cold and miserable, whereas Las Vegas, it was 85 degrees and sunny. “Let’s do that!’ And so that’s what we did.”‘

Despite deciding to get hitched last-minute, Ripa revealed that it cost the couple less than $200 to make it happen.

Co-workers: Ripa explained that eloping was a rash decision inspired by the fact that she and her actor husband both happened to have 'two days off of work.' The couple were both starring on the soap opera All My Children - where the originally met - and based in New York City; Kelly and mark seen in July 1996

Co-workers: Ripa explained that eloping was a rash decision inspired by the fact that she and her actor husband both happened to have ‘two days off of work.’ The couple were both starring on the soap opera All My Children – where the originally met – and based in New York City; Kelly and mark seen in July 1996

‘$179 for a wedding, including airfare, cause we had miles and we had a canceled trip or something. But $179 in total — total with everything,’ she said.

Since tying the knot in the winter of 1996, the couple have welcomed three children: daughter Lola, 21, and sons Michael, 25, and Joaquin, 19.

They celebrated their 26th wedding anniversary on May 1, with Ripa penning a heartfelt post to the ‘love of my life!’ 

Impressive: Despite deciding to get hitched last-minute, Ripa revealed that it cost the couple less than $200 to make it happen. '$179 for a wedding, including airfare, cause we had miles and we had a canceled trip or something. But $179 in total — total with everything,' she said

Impressive: Despite deciding to get hitched last-minute, Ripa revealed that it cost the couple less than $200 to make it happen. ‘$179 for a wedding, including airfare, cause we had miles and we had a canceled trip or something. But $179 in total — total with everything,’ she said

Since tying the knot in the winter of 1996, the couple have welcomed three children: daughter Lola, 21, and sons Michael, 25, and Joaquin, 19

Since tying the knot in the winter of 1996, the couple have welcomed three children: daughter Lola, 21, and sons Michael, 25, and Joaquin, 19

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