Deciding where to hold a wedding when you’re the planet’s most desirable couple is clearly difficult. Locations for the much-anticipated summer nuptials of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have allegedly ranged from Chateau Miraval, the 1,000-acre estate in southern France that the family owns, to countries such as Bosnia, Cambodia and Haiti, where the couple has championed various causes.
But now a British newspaper, the Sun, has reported a possible alternative. Sources have told the London tabloid that the couple has looked into chartering the Hebridean Princess, a Scottish-based cruise ship that’s a favorite of the British royal family (Queen Elizabeth has chartered the ship twice, once to mark her 80th birthday).
The story says that the couple’s 11-year-old son, Maddox Jolie-Pitt came up with the idea, “after looking back at photos of the Carnell Estate in Ayrshire, where they stayed and all loved.”
The ship, a renovated former Caledonian MacBrayne ferry, holds 50 people and reportedly can be chartered for 300,000 British pounds – about $456,370. That’s a bargain compared to the $1 million that Pitt spent on his ill-fated wedding to Jennifer Aniston in 2000.
In some ways, the vessel is an odd choice for such a rock-star couple. Described as “a gorgeous mini country house at sea” by our reviewer, the Princess epitomizes British upper-crust elegance, not jet-set trendy. Think sherry and single-malts instead of caipirinhas. It traditionally sails around Scotland’s highlands and islands, with stops in Orkney, the Isle of Skye and Shetland.
There’s also the question of how the global pair can tie to the knot legally in Great Britain. John Honeywell, aka “Captain Greybeard” of the Mirror, says that while official guidelines from the General Register say that “a Scottish minister or clergyman may be able to conduct a ceremony anywhere in the country, even on the water,” some legislative maneuvering is still required to put those rules into effect.
If plans are afoot, the line Hebridean Island Cruises is keeping mum. The only statement we received is the same that’s been circulating in the British press, from Chief Operating Officer, Ken Charleson: “‘We have a very confidential relationship with a number of high-profile guests. I can’t confirm whether they have been making enquiries or not. But of course, they are more than welcome.”
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