Kellie Pickler Explains Why She Eloped

The cake was all set. The flowers were picked out. But it was the guest list that freaked out Kellie Pickler.

“We were almost finished with the wedding planning,” the newlywed country singer, 24, says in an interview airing Wednesday on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. “And every time we got to the guest list, it was like, ‘Oh my God, I hate half these people.’ Nothing personal.”

So, she and songwriter Kyle Jacobs ditched it all and eloped to Antigua in the Caribbean, where they tied the knot in the ocean surf at sunset on New Year’s Day.

Unlike the wedding, the eloping didn’t require much planning – just a fearless spirit. “All we did was I packed the wedding dress and packed him an outfit,” Pickler says. “We totally just put faith in God that it was all going to work out, and it did, and it was the most incredible day of my life.”

Pickler also reveals that she had her husband’s ring engraved with a special message – one that he’ll surely find amusing in the coming years.

“I put our wedding anniversary, 1-1-11, and I put, ‘Put it back on!’ ” she says. “So, if he takes if off and he looks at it, it’s going to say, ‘Put it back on!’ “