updated 02/23/2011 AT 8:00 AM ET
•originally published 02/23/2011 AT 12:45 PM ET
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.