Having a top secret Hollywood wedding may require some seriously enviable organizational skills and a lot of self-restraint, but according to Justin Theroux, the result is well worth the stress.
Theroux married Jennifer Aniston in an uber-private ceremony in 2015. The wedding, which was the culmination of the couple's three-year engagement, was such a well-guarded secret that the approximately 70 guests didn't even know it was a wedding until the nuptials were in motion. Instead, Theroux and Aniston invited friends and family under the guise of surprise party for Theroux's birthday, and a surprise it was. To keep things even more under wraps, the couple reportedly confiscated the phones of staffers, restricted parking around their home where the ceremony was held, and built a shed to hide party supplies. All in all, an expertly enacted covert mission. And, to Theroux's mind, one that he has no regrets about.
The actor recently discussed the benefits of his stealth marriage with Entertainment Tonight while at CinemaCon. The subject came up thanks to the recent secret nuptials between Dave Franco (who's starring with Theroux in The Lego Ninjani Movie) and Allison Brie, which, true to the wedding's purpose, Theroux didn't even know had happened until recently. Of the choice to keep things quiet, Theroux said, "good for him for making it private." He explained that for him and Aniston, keeping the event as intimate as possible was key, and, thanks to their celebrity stature, that meant making sure the day stayed on the down-low. "It's so much more special when it's just your closest friends and family and it's lovely," he said, adding that he and Aniston "wanted it to be a peaceful environment, you don't want it to be hectic."
And this is a couple that knows what they're talking about. When Theroux and Aniston opted for a low key vibe, Aniston had already had a big taste of the alternative. Her first wedding, to Brad Pitt, was a grand affair, with a $1 million price tag, over 200 guests, 50,000 flowers, a 40-person gospel choir, and a 13-minute fireworks display. Fun for attendees? Sure. But pledging a lifetime of devotion to someone while paparazzi photos are literally being taken in the airspace above the event? Doesn't exactly make concentrating on the singular bond between two souls easy.
Theroux and Aniston and Franco and Brie are hardly the only betrothed to opt for a wedding under the cover of darkness. Cameron Diaz and Benji Madden, Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher, and Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard all also kept things hush-hush, to name just a few. Yep, it sounds like Theroux and Aniston had the right idea.