What a surprise we've woken up to today - James Bond star Daniel Craig married his love of 6 months Rachel Weisz in a secret ceremony in New York. Only their children and two close friends were in attendance.
For interfering mothers everywhere, this sounds like a nightmare. But for many couples, tying the knot with no muss, no fuss is the idea of heaven.
Take Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner, who married on a beautiful Carribbean island with her co-star Victor Garber as the celebrant and only one other person in attendance.
It was intimate, beautiful, poignant, meaningful... everything a wedding should be.
Or should it? There are some who say that a wedding without the pomp and ceremony, and without the family and friends there to share the moment with you, is not a wedding at all. The marriage ceremony is steeped in ritual and tradition and to dodge all of that is to simply make a contract with the state.
Of course, if escaping the hoards of guests is EXACTLY the point of your wedding, than you can't do much better than running away to Vegas. This stunt has been pulled many's the time over years by celebs ranging from Britney Spears to Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley.
As with everything in life, there are good reasons for and against marrying in secret.
- Getting exactly the kind of day you want with no interference from other people. Whether its on a beautiful beach somewhere, or just you and him at the registry office.
- Significantly cheaper: Fewer guests = fewer costs
- No need to announce engagement: if you're going to marry in secret, there's no need to go through the embarrassment (and cost) of finding a picture for the local paper, ringing lots of people up and explaining for the millionth time how he proposed, or a tedious party with bad buffet food.
She got her wish after all.