Kim Kardashian and Kanye West reportedly plan to marry in late May during an opulent Parisian ceremony that would surely have Marie Antoinette sniping, "Geez, would you tone down the lavishness already? It's just embarrassing." But it looks like they will already be husband and wife when they swap vows before friends, family and the E! cameras.
TMZ says the twice-divorced Kim, 33, and the never-married Kanye, 36, are getting hitched "privately and without fanfare" this week after obtaining a "confidential" marriage license.
The reason: They're circumventing a French law that requires foreign citizens to reside in the country for a minimum of 40 days prior to the wedding (for those keeping track, that's more than half the length of Kim's marriage to Kris Humphries).
With a confidential license in hand, says TMZ, a court official will "go to them and perform the ceremony privately in their home" before the week's out. No word on whether this low-key wedding will be filmed for posterity, or if their 10-month-old daughter, North, will participate.
As for their Paris nuptials, the rumored location is the palatial Chateau Louis XIV, a newly constructed interpretation of a traditional French estate. Amenities include 10 swanky guest suites, a private nightclub, a movie theater and an aquarium lounge (très traditional). The elaborate "I dos" are reportedly set for May 24.
Meanwhile, one dubious report claims Kim and Kanye are longing to recreate Prince William and Duchess Kate's famous wedding-day kiss on a balcony of Buckingham Palace, and they're willing to plunk down nearly $350,000 to have a "contemporary balcony" built for the wedding (presumably reinforced to hold Yeezy's ego).
Another outlet believes they'll host a pre-wedding fete at the Eiffel Tower and put on a fireworks display to rival the London Olympics.
One thing is certain: Kim and Kanye's wedding, like their engagement, will redefine excessive. Click on for more photos of the happy couple …