Let this be a lesson to all the celebrities who plan enormously extravagant weddings and somehow let all the details “leak” to the tabloids. You know what’s way more interesting than that? A secret wedding.
Secret celebrity weddings are a time-honored tradition. (Remember Beyonce and Jay Z who wouldn’t even confirm they got hitched? Or the time Julia Roberts and Danny Moder’s friends thought they were just showing up to a July 4 barbecue?) But this week, it was reinforced how superior they are to wildly splashy nuptials and how much more valuable they can be in terms of Hollywood currency, i.e. attention.
Just ask Zachary Levi and Missy Peregrym. Does anyone outside of their family and friends really care if they get married? Not really. But when it’s a secret wedding? All tabloids are on it!
Indeed, the TV stars just pulled off a surprisingly slick move, openly flirting with each other on Twitter last week when many people didn’t even know they were dating; and it turned out to be all a hint leading up to their private wedding in Hawaii this weekend.
It worked out great for them — not only did they have to avoid answering questions about their relationship (since clearly they do not want to) but they still got all the press from their surprise ceremony. Win-win.
@mperegrym Hey, thank you. Name the place and time. I’ll bring my own mug. Not my typical move, but I’m feelin like takin a chance.
— Zachary Levi (@ZacharyLevi) June 10, 2014
— Missy Peregrym (@mperegrym) June 17, 2014
Granted, the two actors (Levi’s best-known from “Chuck,” Peregrym stars on “Rookie Blue”) don’t rise to the fame level of A-listers or reality stars who need to shroud everything in secrecy to avoid paparazzi. Still, it’s undeniable: No matter what your fame level, a stealth choice will always be an infinitely more fascinating way to stand out in a crowded industry where image is everything.
It stands in striking comparison to the over-the-top Kim Kardashian-Kanye West wedding last month. The more details that were “somehow” spilled about the elaborate plans, the less interesting the wedding became. Nothing was really a surprise, and there was so much build-up that anything that happened was guaranteed to be a letdown — even if people were begrudgingly curious about all the fuss.
So, as more celebrity weddings loom on the horizon — Jessica Simpson over July 4 weekend, we’re looking at you — keep in mind: You all claim you want privacy, so, mean it. (Even after the fact, Peregrym’s rep tells us that the only details shared are what the couple posted on Twitter.) Guaranteed, you’ll still get all the tabloid glory, and it will make you more intriguing in the process.