Preparations for a huge party at the French home of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have sparked fevered speculation that they are secretly preparing to marry. Guests, including Brad's parents, have arrived at the chateau ahead of the bash, to be held at Chateau Miraval this weekend.
Jeweller Robert Procop, who made Angelina's $250,000 diamond and platinum engagement ring, is also thought to be in attendance.
Set to wed? Preparations for a huge 'party' at the home of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt has sparked speculation that they will marry this weekend
Guests are said to include George Clooney, who is currently a short flight away at his home on Lake Como, Italy. The source added: 'There’s a real buzz around the estate.'
Wedding bells? Brad and Angelina's French home Chateau Miraval, where preparations for a huge party have sparked speculation that they are to marry this weekend
Vineyards: The 1,000 acre French estate is set in the beautiful Provence landscape and is the perfect spot for a secluded family wedding
It is thought that the couple will wed in a private chapel in the grounds of their home, with civil ceremonies only allowed at the town hall in France.
'We don't know anything about it,' Patrick Mareschi, deputy culture secretary of the nearby village of Correns, told Reuters. 'Under French law couples have to get married at the town hall. Unlike with a religious wedding, there's no way a couple can hold a civil ceremony at their own home,' he added.
It has long been known that the pair were planning to hold their wedding at their £35million estate in the South of France.
Excited: The couple's six children (from left) Zahara, Knox, Maddox, Pax, Shiloh and Vivienne are said to be thrilled that their parents are to wed
After their engagement was announced it was learnt that a huge reception hall was under construction at the Provence home. Aerial images of the site in February showed a large white building being erected next to the quaint chapel.
Angelina has been married twice before - to British actor Jonny Lee Miller between 1996 and 1999 and then Billy Bob Thornton, from 2000 to 2003. Brad's marriage to Jennifer Aniston lasted five years before they announced they were divorcing in early 2005 - which came after he had met Angelina on the set of Mr & Mrs Smith.
The couple once insisted they wouldn't wed until the legalisation of same-sex marriage in America. But Brad recently admitted he didn't feel they'd be to wait that long because of mounting pressure from their children. 'It seems to mean more and more to our kids,' he said in January. 'We made this declaration some time ago that we weren't going to [get married] till everyone can. But I don't think we'll be able to hold out … it means something to me, too, to make that kind of commitment.'
Angelina has also said that their children often ask why they aren't married like 'Shrek and Fiona'. She said just months ago: 'We've explained to them that our commitment, when we decided to start a family, was the greatest commitment you could possibly have. 'Once you have six children, you're committed.'