I watched the tmz live video to see what they had to say about the story they posted, and they fully admit that it was hotel staff saying that Jen was there and planning a wedding in July, but did not specify whether it was her wedding or not. They added that it was more than one staff member that said this and they were not together when they were talking to their sources. As Harvey levin was discussing this, you could tell he was not fully behind the story anymore and merely just quoting what his sources said but had nothing further to back up the story other than the hotel staffs word. Saw TMZ live show too and agree with much of your assessment. Some of the TMZ people suggested the discrepancy could be the hotel staff trying to drum up business, others said this wasn't likely, and another suggested that Jennifer's rep shooting this down might just be a ruse. They definitely came right out and said that the story had been shot down by her rep though, so props for that! I will say though like I said before - I'm shocked that Levin ran with this story if he truly had nothing more than the hotel sources...that seems unbelievably sloppy for him, and I did get the sense that there might be more to their reporting that he wasn't saying, but maybe that's me.
Either the hotel staff was just getting some publicity, or this "cousin" of Jen's has been trying to get some press or start some stories, and maybe has been at this hotel spreading rumours. This story is just not true. If jen was really planning a wedding, everyone invovled would have confidentiality agreements and I guarentee you everything would be planned through assistants with fake names, and fake events, likely up until a day or too the actual event. Totally agree with you that any wedding would be planned through assistants and using fake names, etc. There's no way Jennifer would go in person to scope out a location and then tell random hotel staff that she was planning a wedding for July. Plus I personally think a foreign destination wedding is not likely if/when they decide to marry. for one, it is much harder to keep such things confidential. I think he she were to remarry she would do it in California where you are able to get an a.nonymous/private marriage certificate, or possibly Hawaii. I never buy these Mexican wedding stories the tabloids run with, and the Crete story is similarly suspect to me as well.
I believe Jen when she says she is not sure if she will get married again. I just don't think it is a priority in her life in the same way it is in your late twenties and early thirties. Seeing as Justin has never gotten married but was in a relationship over a number of years, makes me think its not a priority for him either. Niether if them strike me as being against marriage (as in it "means nothing", "its just a piece a paper"), but more that its not something they need at this time in their life. I can see this changing if they decide to adopt, as it would be easier if they were married to go through this process. Agree with you that I'm not sure that marriage is top of their priorities, though I'm not convinced that simply because Justin was in a long non-married relationship before that means it's less of a priority for him. If anything I think it's possibly more likely that he would be interested in marrying in this relationship - happens all the time. Plus his good friend just got engaged after being with someone less than a year and previously being in a longer relationship without marriage/engagement. Maybe marriage wasn't something Justin thought seriously of before because it wasn't right. Just look at the seeming differences between what we've heard of his prior relationship (off/on, years before they moved in together, living apart at times), and his time with Jennifer (haven't been apart since they got together, moved in very quickly and are always together). Also, I go back to his reaction to the question of when he and Jennifer were going to marry at the Wanderlust premiere. x17 had some of their people in the fan section and when Justin came over to sign autographs he was asked this question and it didn't seem to ruffle him one bit. He smiled broadly and said "awww."
As for them wanting to get married if they want to adopt - I actually think if they want to adopt they are less likely to marry. I could be wrong about this, but don't adoption agencies require you to be married for a period of time (at least a couple of years) before considering you for adoption? I believe that's the case, so if they want to go through the process, it would seem they would be wiser to go through without being married if they want to be considered any time in the next couple of years.
I have also wondered, with Jen being so wealthy at this point in her life, and not havin a prenup with brad if it is in her best interest to stay unmarried. She strikes me as someone who would not ask for a prenup if she did decide to get married. I don't think this would be a big factor in her decision but it does probably make her a bit more cautious about this step in her life. I don't think this would stop her from marrying. I think her business managers would be sure to protect her assets, but these sort of things aren't big deals nowadays. She and Pitt went into their marriage on more of an equal financial footing, so that is likely why they didn't opt for any agreement.
I think everything really points to this being a bogus story. It was mentioned that People has not said a word about this, which is interesting, but this story came direct from TMZ very early morning in LA, and was pretty much denied by Huvane by 8:30-9:00 am LA time just as the work day started, so there was not much time for People to weigh in. Also, E! NEWS and Access did not feature the story on their tv broadcasts or websites. Entertainment Tonight has a piece about this on its site - but it's super funny as they build it all up about the race to the alter with that annoying Rob Sutter guy saying in one breath that Jennifer is in a rush to walk down the aisle, then in the next breath saying how her rep shot this story down! http://www.etonline.com/news/121077_Angelina_Jolie_or_Jennifer_Aniston_Who_Will_Marry_First/
It makes sense that the AH and E! didn't mention it since they seem less sensational then ET, but also as you said it was completely denied by her rep before they went to air. However, I still find it suspect that People didn't mention this at all. People is different from the entertainment shows and almost every o.nline news outlet covered both the original story and the denial, because both brought hits to their sites. Why would People opt to give up getting those hits today? Why would her rep not speak to People with a direct quote (like he did US and several other outlets)? It's like Levin on TMZ said, there is little Hollywood news that would be bigger than Jennifer getting married, so to think no one from People thought this story was worth commenting on today, even if it was just to deny, doesn't make sense to me. Especially when you look at some of the stories they did choose to cover today, and the fact that Jennifer stories always garner huge hits for them - even when they're simply a reporting of a sighting of her somewhere.
Meanwhile, Jen has not been photographed in nearly a month, with no sighthings. She is getting really good at this! Good for her!She is getting really good at this! So good, that it makes me wonder, as I posted above, if they've even been out to dinner at all (other than the Katsuya double date we know about) since we've not even had any sightings, let alone pics.