How to Live Happily Ever After

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Melissa Rycroft

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How to Live Happily Ever After

Your inner voice is always right

When it came to her wedding details—everything from having only four close friends in her bridal party to skipping a honeymoon—Melissa knew exactly what she wanted and trusted her instincts. "I went to Alfred Angelo for my gown, and I fell in love with the first dress I saw in their catalog," she says. "They had it shipped, I tried it on, and it was the dress. The store had me scheduled for a three-hour appointment, but I was out in 20 minutes!"

And as for the honeymoon, her gut was right about that too: "Tye was starting his business in January, so going away just didn't feel right," Melissa says. "Everyone said we had to take a honeymoon because of the symbolism, butour symbolism was we were starting over together."

Don't let fear hold you back

When Melissa was offered the opportunity to replace Nancy O'Dell (after the then– Access Hollywood co-anchor injured herself during show rehearsals) on DWTS, there was one catch: She had only two days to learn the routine. "I was terrified d kept thinking, 'Everyone is either going to love this or they're going to hate it,'" she says. "But when I stepped out onstage, the audience went wild. I could just feel my life changing at that point."

She was right: Her stint on DWTS led to Melissa's job as a special contributor on Good Morning America. "I almost asked the producers, 'Are you sure?'" she says. "But they said they wanted me to bring my personality into the show, and I thought, 'Well, I can do that.' It's been an amazing ride, and I can't believe it's still going."

Don't ever compromise who you are

Despite her new career in show business, this former Dallas Cowboys cheerleader has no plans to relocate to Los Angeles or New York City. "Our families, friends, and Tye's job are all here in Texas," she says. "We're going to keep our lives where they are and where they've always been." For the newlywed, that means many days on the road. "I travel several times a month," Melissa says. "Sometimes Tye comes with me, which makes it more fun. But when he can't, we have a rule that we won't be apart for more than four days."

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