Whether they walk down the aisle in 2012 or 2013, thereâ€™s no doubt that Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie will star in the wedding of the year. We asked a quintet of A-list wedding planners to unveil ideas to help the most boldface bride and groom of them all tie the knot.
PLANNER: Marcy Blum, whose celebrity wedding clients include Billy Joel, Colin Hanks, Salman Rushdie, Tom Clancy
The locale: â€œSome sort of magnificent structure.â€� Pitt is â€œsuch a visual person. Heâ€™s designed so many homes, and now the ring,â€� that Blum could see collaborating with him on a modern building that takes the typical tent cake â€œbecause thatâ€™s where his tastes run. … They canâ€™t do anything outside, unfortunately, unless they can fool everyone to where it is.â€� One place Blum believes the couple has crossed off their short list because itâ€™s at the top of everyone elseâ€™s: Their South of France chateau.
The guest list: Under 100 family and close friends.
The vibe: â€œVery low-key, and it should be … soft and understatedâ€� and family-oriented, with the kids playing a prominent role. â€œThe kids will definitely, it seems to me, be very much a part of the ceremony.â€� The idea is â€œnot to just cut to the chase and get to the party as everybody does, but have a more meaningfulâ€� service that taps into the coupleâ€™s spirituality â€” and the childrenâ€™s reported wish for a fairy-tale affair. â€œThey want it to be out of Shrek.â€�
The entertainment: A similarly boldface band. â€œA lot of friends and acquaintances are going to pitch in and perform,â€� doing double duty as guests and singers or players. â€œItâ€™s part of the gift, almost.â€�
PLANNER:Colin Cowie of ColinCowieWeddings.com, whose celebrity clients include Alyssa Milano, Eddie Murphy, Holly Robinson Peete
The locale: Two venues: The first would spirit Pitt and Jolie and just their immediate family members to a luxurious South African safari camp. The second, two weeks later, would be a cocktail-style reception for friends at their house in L.A.
The vibe: For the African ceremony, warm and intimate: â€œI could imagine them getting married with a stunning African sunset under a large old tree hanging with dozens and dozens of lanterns.â€� For the L.A. party, the complete opposite: â€œInstead of buffets, I would have stations of food paired with great wines and cocktails,â€� culminating in a wedding-cake cutting to create a â€œfun, glamorous night.â€� To bridge the two events, at the end of the night, each party guest would receive a small booklet filled with â€œstunning imagesâ€� of the family wedding abroad.
The guest list: In Africa, closest family only. In L.A., 200 friends.
The entertainment: In Africa, they would be serenaded by the local village choir. At the California reception, a musical mashup: A couple of rock violinists and a percussionist would accompany someone like DJ Cassidy, who spun at Beyonce and Jay-Zâ€™s bash. For the cake-cutting portion, a song by the pairâ€™s favorite artist.
PLANNER: Jung Lee of Fete, whose celebrity clients include the Bulgari family, Stephen Kingâ€™s son Owen, Jann Wennerâ€™s son Alexander
The locale: Lee believes the rumors: Chateau Miraval. â€œItâ€™s a revealing of the property for their closest friends and family that havenâ€™t had a chance to visit yet.â€� Besides, â€œyou canâ€™t rent something like that.â€� Regardless, this will be an event that requires passports. â€œFor sentimental reasons, I would love for them to actually have the wedding and give the proper glamour to the States, but I think itâ€™s probably not feasible. Theyâ€™re not going to have the privacy they need.â€�
The guest list: 200-300 people, â€œfor sure.â€�
The vibe: â€œI would be completely shocked if it would be an all-white sort of wedding.â€� So Lee envisions noir nuptials: black mirrors, 2-foot candlesticks, dark, rich flowers and, juxtaposed against the 14th-century surroundings, sleek, contemporary furniture for lounging. But it wouldnâ€™t be all adult lair. Lee sees lots of children â€œrunning around the sprawling lawn. It canâ€™t be more magnificent than that â€” sort of heaven on earth.â€� And for a late-night snack? Considering the clanâ€™s photographed penchant for junk food, mini bags of McDonaldâ€™s cheeseburgers, french fries, hot apple pies and shakes flown in. It would satisfy the kids â€” and show the newlywedsâ€™ sense of humor. â€œYouâ€™re drinking and you smell that oily McDonaldâ€™s? People live for it. People clap for it sometimes when we bring it out.â€�
The entertainment: â€œAmazing acts like U2 and Elton Johnâ€” just great bands that are also among their friends.â€� Guests are going to â€œget down and dance.â€�
PLANNER: David Tutera, whose celebrity clients include Los Angeles Clipper Chris Paul and Shannen Doherty
The locale: A â€œvery exoticâ€� venue that is most definitely not in the USA. â€œTheyâ€™re so international. Think about the time they spend together as a family and as a couple. Itâ€™s not in the States. … Doing it in America sort of to me goes against who they are.â€� So think private island, â€œup on a mountain or in a rain forestâ€� â€” a â€œchallenging destinationâ€� for paparazzi to reach.
The guest list: 100-150 friends and family. â€œNobody in the business.â€�
The vibe: â€œVery Baliâ€�: copious quantities of candles; local organic food thatâ€™s indigenous to the setting; dark wood tables adorned with â€œlots of incredibly interesting almost artifacts,â€� such as foliage-filled bowls; earth-hued flowers in greens, oranges, khakis, coppers and champagnes. The look is â€œvery tropical, but not kitschy tropical … pretty but not prissy, not girly-girl.â€�
The entertainment: â€œSomeone you would sit and enjoy,â€� like Adele. â€œI donâ€™t really see this as a dancing party.â€� Likewise, forget those cliched â€œI doâ€�-uttering traditions. â€œThe first dance, the throwing of the bouquet â€” I see them not doing that at all.â€�
PLANNER: Diann Valentine, whose celebrity clients include Usher and Tameka Raymond, Jennifer and Eric Williams of Basketball Wives, Martin Lawrence, Toni Braxton, Evelyn Lozada of Basketball Wives and NFL player Chad Ochocinco
The locale: Their own private island, such as the $75,000-per-night Calivigny, off the coast of Grenada. The French colonial- and Balinese-style main house boasts 10 suites outfitted in designs by Oscar de la Renta and Richard Frinier. The price tag notwithstanding, itâ€™s a relatively casual setting fitting the Jolie-Pitts, Valentine says. â€œThey tend not to live a very flamboyant, ostentatious lifestyle.â€�
The vibe: A weekend of individual activities and group breakfasts and parties, including the most important bash of them all: the wedding, but the guests â€” and kids â€” wouldnâ€™t know when they were saying â€œI doâ€� until the moment it happens. The ceremony itself? A stripped-down affair â€œdefinitelyâ€� devoid of bridesmaids, groomsmen attendants, ring bearers and wedding cake â€” â€œnone of that foolishness.â€� The cuisine, whipped up by private chefs from different regions of the world, would pay homage to the childrenâ€™s homelands, from Africa to Southeast Asia. The decor would be â€œvery sleek, very cleanâ€�: teak furnishings, neutral fabrics, seagrass mats â€” no â€œugly white vinylâ€� tents. The goal? For guests to â€œwalk away with a greater appreciation for something bigger than the USA.â€�
The guest list: â€œVery small and intimateâ€�: 50-75 family members and friends.
The entertainment: â€œA very eclectic mix of music that is not about celebrity but more so about their personal taste,â€� representing the same cultures their family hails from. So think African dance troupe or choir plus opera singer plus, perhaps, Coldplay.