Sir Paul McCartney and Nancy Shevell subject of 'imminent' wedding headlines

Date: Sep 15, 2011

Sir Paul McCartney and long term girlfriend Nancy Shevell have been the subject of a number of rumours regarding a possible whirlwind wedding over the coming weekend (September 15 and 16).

According to In Touch magazine, the couple were planning a quiet ceremony in Sussex, UK, before flying halfway round the world to New York - Shevell's home town - for the reception.

When approached for comment, McCartney's publicist confirmed that the couple were engaged but did not offer any comment on the rumoured nuptials.

The stories of a wedding began after reports surfaced of a number of crates of champagne and stacks of chairs had been delivered to the 69-year-old pop star's expansive estate in the UK countryside.

However there have been a number of reports from sources close to the couple that say the hype about an impending wedding is untrue.

This is not the first time that the Beatle has walked down the aisle - his first marriage to Linda McCartney, who passed away in 1998 from breast cancer, resulted in three children.

He later married Heather Mills in what commentators described as a lavish ceremony in a 17th century Irish castle in 2002.

The union ended in a widely publicised separation after six years, with media reports citing divorce financial settlements in excess of £24.3 million (approximately AU$37.4 million as of September 15).

As the process unfolded, it came to the attention of the media that McCartney and Mills had failed to put a prenuptial agreement in place before their marriage.

This document helps partners involved in a separation to determine the division of their assets and property in clear terms.

A family lawyer is able to assist couples to draft a prenuptial agreement - providing them with advice throughout the entire process.

It is unclear at this point whether McCartney and Shevell - who have been dating since 2007 - currently have a prenup it place.

Previous interviews on the subject have yielded little in the way of a response, with McCartney shying away from such personal topics.

In 2008, several reporters asked Sir Paul how he felt about the prospect of being married for a third time, only to receive the answer that he was in no rush to enter into nuptials.

"I just like being in love," said McCartney.