By Kristen Klein for Bridal Guide
Which of these engaged couples will make it official in the new year? Here, we predict the 10 celebrity couples most likely to tie the knot in 2014.
Angelina Jolie & Brad Pitt
Why they’ll marry in 2014: They’ve been engaged for so long (since April 2012) that even the rumors about their pending nuptials have died down. The couple famously stated that they wouldn’t get married until everyone had the right to do so — and with DOMA being declared unconstitutional over the summer and nine more states legalizing same-sex marriage in 2013, we’re certainly on the right track. Plus, it’s been over a year since Pitt said, "The time is nigh... It's soon. I got a good feeling about it."
What the wedding will be like: We’re picturing a small ceremony at their home in France, where they can escape the paparazzi. Their six children — Maddox (pictured above), Zahara, Pax, Shiloh, Vivienne, and Knox — will all have special roles in the wedding. They won’t release photos, they won’t comment on their marriage, but they’ll be spotted wearing wedding bands on the red carpet.
Jennifer Aniston & Justin Theroux
Why they’ll marry in 2014: This couple has also been engaged since 2012 (August). Plagued by constant reports of trouble in paradise and, in contrast, speculation about a baby on the way, it may be a relief to put the rumor mill to rest. "We just want to do it when it's perfect, and we're not rushed, and no one is rushing from a job or rushing to a job," Aniston told Us Weekly. If 2014 doesn’t prove too busy (she’s current filming Horrible Bosses 2, and he’s working on the script for Zoolander 2), this could be the year.
What the wedding will be like: Aniston strikes us as a low-key beach bride; we’re envisioning a relaxed destination wedding on a private island (they are A-listers, after all), surrounded by friends and family. She'll wear a minimalist gown that reflects her red carpet style.
Lauren Conrad & William Tell
Why they'll marry in 2014: The reality star turned fashion designer/lifestyle blogger got engaged to the "Something Corporate" guitarist turned law student in October. While she reportedly "wants to take her time and enjoy the process," another loose-lipped friend revealed, "Lauren would like to get married next year, possible in the early fall."
What the wedding will be like: With Conrad's classic style, DIY skills, and party-planning experience, we're picturing a Pinterest dream wedding brought to life. There will be rustic touches balanced by glamorous elements, like chandeliers above each table with succulent centerpieces. She'll add plenty of sentimental touches, and she'll probably end up starting some new wedding trends (even the "love" ring she wears next to her engagement ring started a frenzy).
With his musical background, the groom is in charge of the entertainment — and we think he'll opt for a live band over a DJ. One things for sure, though: Don't expect to see the wedding on TV. Conrad told Us Weekly, "Everything is healthier without cameras around," and after chronicling her life for two seasons on "Laguna Beach" and five seasons on its spin-off, "The Hills," she's sworn off doing any more reality TV "involving my personal life."
Kim Kardashian & Kanye West
Why they’ll marry in 2014: Engaged in October 2013, Kanye already revealed that they’re aiming for a summer 2014 wedding. With no budget constraints to worry about and top wedding planner Sharon Sacks likely handling the major elements, it shouldn't be hard to pull it off.
What the wedding will be like: Considering that Kanye rented out a baseball stadium just for the proposal, we’re expecting an over-the-top wedding. Besides, the Kardashians aren’t exactly known for being understated. And even though it’ll be the third trip down the aisle for Kim, this marriage will be the first for Kanye. Momager Kris Jenner recently confirmed that it'll be "big."
Reportedly, the couple wants to host their celebration at the famed Palace of Versailles in France, and there will be fighter jets. The wedding will be filmed (obviously) but privately, so that they can shop around the video. We can't wait to see baby Nori and her cousins Penelope and Mason as the adorable flower girls and ring bearer.
Jessica Simpson & Eric Johnson
Why they’ll marry in 2014: Engaged since November 2010, the wedding plans were put on hold when Simpson became pregnant with the couple’s daughter Maxwell, born in May of 2012. She soon got pregnant again, giving birth to their son, Ace, in June of 2013. Simpson famously struggled to lose the baby weight after Maxwell, but now, she's back down to her pre-pregnancy weight just six months after Ace's birth — perhaps finding extra motivation due to her upcoming wedding. She revealed to USA Today that the wedding is a "good goal for me. It's good for me to feel the best I've ever felt when I walk down the aisle."
What the wedding will be like: In October, the pair was spotted scouting wedding locations in Capri for a summer 2014 wedding. We’re envisioning a romantic affair, covered in pink and white floral arrangements, and the couple's two children will be very involved in the wedding ceremony.
Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi & Jionni LaValle
Why they’ll marry in 2014: This Jersey Shore couple also put their wedding plans on hold due to pregnancy; son Lorenzo was born in August of 2012. But judging from the latest season of Snooki & Jwoww, the wedding plans are now in full swing; they’ve been filmed searching for a wedding location, meeting with planners, and the bride-to-be even found her dream dress during a shopping trip with her BFF Jenni "Jwoww" Farley.
What the wedding will be like: We’re picturing an elaborate Jersey wedding — an over-the-top cocktail hour with free-flowing drinks and more food than you could possibly eat, followed by a five-course sit-down dinner, and capped off by a Viennese table for dessert. They’ll end the night with a “wow factor,” like a fireworks display or departing by helicopter. Polizzi has said that the bridesmaids may wear leopard print, and the couple's adorable son Lorenzo will be the most dapper ring bearer ever seen. And, of course, we're counting on the wedding being filmed for a MTV special.
Neil Patrick Harris & David Burtka
Why they'll marry in 2014: Privately engaged since 2006, they happily shared the news on Twitter right after same-sex marriage was legalized in New York in 2011. "We've been wearing engagement rings for ages, waiting for an available date," wrote Harris.
The parents to three-year-old twins Harper and Gideon (born via a surrogate) recently moved from Los Angeles to New York City, purchasing a $3.6 million brownstone in Harlem together. It's worth noting that the move was planned before Prop 8 was overturned in California; "It would be great to move the ring from my right hand to my left, but Prop 8 won't allow us to do that," Harris said of California's ban on same-sex marriage. Now that they've settled into their 8,000 square foot, 5-floor residence, perhaps they'll start planning the wedding?
What the wedding will be like: We're picturing a star-studded rooftop celebration with amazing views of NYC. The doting dads will include their kids every step of the way.
Lance Bass & Michael Turchin
Why they’ll marry in 2014: The former 'Nsyncer proposed to Michael Turchin in August 2013. After attending former band mate Chris Kirkpatrick’s wedding together in November, Bass hinted at his own wedding plans: "We’ve slowly but surely started planning it. It’ll be a year from now. But it’s a lot. It sure is a lot."
What the wedding will be like: Bass revealed that, as a gay man, he never thought he’d even have the opportunity to get married, so he’s planning on making it one to remember. "I love a party. It's going to be nice and big and over the top," he told ABC News. And the wedding may be televised; "The network offered us a big wedding special. Knowing myself in the 1980s, growing up a gay kid in Mississippi, I would loved to have seen something on TV I could relate to and go, 'Oh, my gosh, I could do that!'"
They want their guests “to come completely over-the-top high fashion, like you're heading to the MET Ball or the Royal Wedding," and the after-party will be equally extravagant. They might "send out personalized onesies to all our guests so that at midnight after the reception it turns into a pajama party," he revealed. "How fun would that be?"
Naya Rivera & Big Sean
Why they'll marry in 2014: Following the rapper's proposal October, the Glee star bride-to-be wasted no time getting a jump on the wedding plans; she was spotted shopping for a wedding gown at Monique Lhuillier just a week after announcing her engagement!
While her motto is "happy wife, happy life," she's revealed that Big Sean is also "so involved" with the plans. "We definitely bounce things off of each other [and] we're always on the same page about everything, which is probably why we're getting married."
What the wedding will be like: Rivera has been enjoying the "Cinderella, Princess moment" of trying on gowns, so we're picturing a dreamy fairy tale wedding — with some amazing musical performances from Big Sean's industry friends and maybe even the cast of Glee.
Sofia Vergara & Nick Loeb
Why they'll marry in 2014: Engaged since July 2012, the couple put the recent breakup rumors to rest after being spotted together on vacation in Mexico — the same spot where Loeb proposed. The Modern Family star claims she's been to busy to plan a wedding, but we think she may find the time in 2014.
What the wedding will be like: Like many brides-to-be, Vergara's dream wedding has changed since she first started planning. In the November 2013 issue of Lucky, she claimed she couldn't picture herself having an over-the-top wedding. "Maybe we will just have a little dinner on Capri," she told the magazine. But just a few months later, she told People, "If I'm going to do something, it's going to have to be a big event."
Food will play a starring role at their wedding, and they'll aim for a free-flowing party atmosphere. "[Nick and I want] more like of a party [with] music, dancing, a lot of food; not really sitting there hours and giving speeches," she told People.