Appearing Friday on ABC's The View, openly gay comedienne Lea DeLaria announced the date of her upcoming nuptials to fiance Chelsea Fairless.

The couple announced their engagement in February.

DeLaria, who plays Carrie “Big Boo” Black on the Netflix comedy Orange is the New Black, said that the couple planned on marrying in early 2017 and explained the reasons behind the lengthy engagement.

“As you can see, Chelsea has much style; she's in the fashion industry,” DeLaria said, pointing to her fiance who was seated in the audience. “She wants to plan the whole thing herself. And it's going to take a while to do that.”

“I need it to be January 8 'cause my parents have both passed and that's their wedding anniversary. So, it's my way of having them there,” she said, then added that she might cry. (The video is embedded on this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)

(Related: Lea DeLaria credits Orange is the New Black for helping increase support for LGBT rights.)