Eva Marcille Claps Back at Criticism of Her $1,000 per Person Wedding: 'I Paid for My Own Wedding'

Eva Marcelle slammed her haters after they criticized her decision to spend $1000 per person on her wedding with Michael Sterling. 

Eva Marcelle wanted nothing but the best of everything for her dream wedding with Michael Sterling, and that came with a hefty price tag of $350,000. The "Real Housewives of Atlanta" star had a lot to say about people thinking she went overboard on her wedding, even hinting that she didn't pay for it herself. 

View this post on Instagram

I love my husband💍 #rp @miketsterling I love my wife and I hand-wrote my vows from a place of intentional love. It appears that some folks have questioned the fact that I referred to God as “her” in my vows and they have offered to pray for my ignorance. I do not speak much about these things, but I will have a few things to say over the next week or so. I am not a theologian, but I referred to God as “her,” because I believe, as many saints do, that God is a mother to the motherless and a father to the fatherless. I believe, as St. Augustine did, that God transcends time, space, existence, and life. I believe that God is God. Thus, if God is a mother to the motherless and a father to the fatherless; I think we err not to see God in each and every one of us. I think we err to limit God. And sometimes I use the pronoun “her” to refer to God because I see God as resembling all of us and as greater than all of us. And I see the divine in my mom and my grandmothers and my sisters. As for my vows, I referred to God as “her” intentionally because I see the God in my wife and God put it on my heart to make sure she heard and felt that. #sterlingsays

A post shared by Eva Marcille (@evamarcille) on

"Let's be very clear - I paid for my own wedding."

Through an Instagram video, she clarified that she paid for her own wedding, and she did not have to get a loan for it. 

The topic of Eva's wedding with Michael came about on "Watch What Happens Live," when Andy Cohen asked Eva's co-stars, Kandi Burruss and Shamari DeVoe, if they thought Eva spending $1000 per guest was worth it. 

View this post on Instagram


A post shared by Eva Marcille (@evamarcille) on

DeVoe quickly said "no," while Burruss tried to defend her co-star by saying "it is a lifetime worth of memories" that they were celebrating on that day. 


Marcille, fed up with the questions that people were asking about the funding for her wedding, decided to set the record straight once and for all. 

“There’s this big curiosity about how much money I spent for my wedding, and how much per plate, and all this good stuff. Let’s be very clear – I paid for my own wedding.” 

She adds that she didn't have to get a loan to pay for her wedding, nor did she have to borrow money from anyone else. 

“There were no loans. Nothing was done on barter. And I don’t know about the rest of you guys, but if you’ve ever planned a wedding – it’s per person, not per plate. So when it comes to floral decor, when it comes to chairs- I didn’t have plastic chairs. When it comes to tables, when it comes to the champagne you sip from the moment you walked into the door from the moment you left, from valet, to security, to lighting – to everything. I mean, I had musicians around the clock- like, let’s be clear.”


She finished the video by asking her haters to mind their own businesses and get their lives together, as she most certainly has. Marcelle concluded that when she says she spent $1000 per head, she didn't mean for food, but for the entire celebration, be it tables, chairs, beverages, and everything else. 

View this post on Instagram


A post shared by Eva Marcille (@evamarcille) on

In total, she revealed to Essence that she spent well over $350,000 after believing she could plan a beautiful wedding with a budget of just $80,000-100,000. 

“I was naive enough to think that I can plan a wedding for $80 to $100,000. I spent well over $350,000.”

View this post on Instagram

Today is the day!!! #TheSterlings

A post shared by Eva Marcille (@evamarcille) on


Prior to her extravagant wedding, Eva was first rumored to have gotten married back in October 2018 in a secret ceremony. This private wedding did not require a lot of money spent, and was only witnessed by the couple's closest family and friends, including Eva's co-stars, Cynthia Bailey, Kandi Burruss, and Porsha Williams. 

View this post on Instagram

My Happy Place 🌻

A post shared by Eva Marcille (@evamarcille) on

In an Instagram post that the reality TV star shared with her fans, she hinted that she was about to tie the know after writing the caption "Mine all mine. One more day until 10.7.18 I love you Michael Sterling and I can't wait!!!!" 

She previously announced her engagement back in December 2017, revealing that she said yes to the love of her life. 

Since then, Eva and Michael have been blissfully spending their days together, clearly enjoying married life. 

Related posts
People Mar 20, 2019
Marlo Hampton Raised Eyebrows as She Showed off Dirty Dance Moves at Eva Marcille's Wedding
People Mar 19, 2019
Nene Leakes Reveals She & Gregg Discussed Separation as She Attends Eva's Wedding without Him
Celebs Mar 27, 2019
Eva Marcille Reveals She Lives in Multiple Homes to Hide from Alleged Abusive Ex Kevin McCall
Relationship Apr 05, 2019
'I Love You so Much!' Kandi Burruss & Husband Celebrate 5-Year Wedding Anniversary in Sweet Posts