Some of us might remember Justin Bartha from his role as Doug in The Hangover franchise, while others view him as the smart and goofy sidekick, Riley Poole, to Benjamin Gates (Nicolas Cage) in National Treasure. Personally, he was my favorite character of the movie. Now, the film and TV actor is taking on a new title: husband. Bartha, who was able to keep his wedding on the hush hush, married personal trainer Lia Smith on Saturday on the island of Oahu, Hawaii.
With an intimate wedding ceremony — no more than 20 guests — and close friends Reese Witherspoon and Jim Toth, the newlyweds are following in the footsteps of other secret celebrity weddings.
Lacey Chabert, who played Gretchen Weiners in Mean Girls, surprised her fans with the news of her wedding with a photo via Twitter. Kaley Cuoco secretly married now-hubbie, Ryan Sweeting, on New Year’s Eve, Dot-Marie Jones married girlfriend Bridgett Casteen, and Kerry Washington married NFL player, Nnamdi Asomugha. Only a few names in a long list of famous couples that planned their marriages under the radar, this trend in secret weddings is actually pretty sweet. After all, it is their special day, not ours.
Yet with the current theme going on here, you’d think doting couples like Kanye West and Kim Kardashian would take it down a notch. After an over-the-top televised wedding ceremony, short 72-day marriage to Kris Humphries and #ThingsLongerThanKimsMarriage going viral over Twitter, it would probably be appropriate for Kardashian to learn from her fellow celebrity peers when planning for the big day.
Although Kardashian’s rep told E! News that rumors about planning a wedding at the Palace of Versailles were false, her mother, Kris Jenner, recently exclaimed that Kimye’s wedding would be “big.” Then there was that time that Kardashian reportedly wanted a regal dress similar to Kate Middleton’s. Sorry, but no. Also, I know that most parents would do anything for their children and "daddy’s girl" and "mama’s boy" often get thrown around, but West comparing baby North West (aka Nori, because a reference to seaweed is so much better) to Prince George as “royalty” is a little overkill.
I am not afraid to admit that I am an avid follower of Say Yes to the Dress and Four Weddings, but weddings should still be personal. I’m not saying your ceremony or reception has to be small either. If you have 150 close friends that you can invite, then well done on your popularity and certainly go for it. If you prefer a 20-person gathering like Bartha did, then that’s absolutely fine, too. However, if it comes to a point when you have a sudden realization that you’re spending more time thinking about how your candy buffets, photo booths or firework shows will impress everyone, rather than thinking about your family and your soon-to-be spouse, something is wrong. I’m talking to you, Kimye.