"She wouldn't let me, really. She just told me to name a town and place and she'd be there," the 37-year-old country singer told reporters Tuesday after the 40th Academy of Country Music Awards show.
Zellweger and Chesney were wed May 9 in a small ceremony on the Caribbean island of St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands. It was the first marriage for both.
The couple met at the Concert of Hope (search) tsunami relief benefit on Jan. 15, where Chesney was singing and Zellweger was answering telephones.
Asked what it's like being married, Chesney replied: "To be honest with you, it's not all that different. I'm just not searching anymore."
Chesney, who won entertainer of the year at the awards, said Zellweger had to skip the show because she's making a movie.