By Petra Halbur

Recent reports that Avril Lavigne and Chad Kroeger tied the knot in Southern France last Saturday have been proven false. According to People, misinformation spread after E! News mistakenly quoted a source stating that the wedding had taken place over the weekend. Daily Mail also took CEO Mike Heller’s tweet, “I’m in south of France about to see my little Rock star #avril get married I am so happy to be part of this special celebration,” out  of context and concluded that the wedding had already taken place. It has since been confirmed that, while Lavigne and Kroeger do, indeed, have imminent wedding plans, the wedding was not held on Saturday, June 29.

What are some ways to plan a surprise wedding?

Cupid’s Advice:

Staging a surprise wedding will certainly make your nuptials memorable. However, keeping your wedding a secret until the day of the celebration is no easy matter. Cupid has some advice:

1. Announce the engagement: While a surprise wedding can be a lot of fun and a wonderful success, don’t hide your engagement from your friends and family. Doing so will make the sudden wedding announcement all the more jolting. Instead, let the people in your life know that you and your partner plan to marry, but don’t let on that you’ve set a date.

2. Keep it casual: For the sake of secrecy, you’re going to have to keep your wedding arrangements simple. Suspicions are bound to arise if it gets out that you and your partner are touring churches or other opulent wedding sites. Keep the decorations and locations as casual as possible to ensure that your surprise wedding really is, well, a surprise.

3. Inform those closest to you: While acquaintances should be delighted by the surprise, close friends and family are likely to feel betrayed once they learn that you withheld weeks or months of wedding preparation from them. Take your closest (and most trustworthy) relations aside and let them in on the secret. Besides, their assistance will ease the stress of planning a wedding.

How did you pull off your surprise wedding? Tell us below.