“Heroes” actress KRISTEN BELL told star news she and fiance DAX SHEPARD already consider themselves married.

Well, if it saves them the expense of having to go through a ceremony and the reception afterwards, then good for them.

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The pair, who’ve been dating for nearly five years, and have been engaged for a year, have been keeping a low profile of late, despite Bell, 31 having five movie and two television projects slated to be released this year…perhaps to mask the fact that Shepard, 37, has none?  (the “Punk’d” actor was last seen in “Brother’s Justice” in 2010)…

But Bell, who starred in “Forgetting Sarah Marshall,” claims she doesn’t want a wedding as she thinks planning her big day would be “too much stress.”

“I don’t want a wedding. It’s too much stress.”

She told Vegas Magazine.

Although we’re thinking the stress would be focused on her own wallet and bank account, no less.

“I come from a very traditional household. For a while, I thought a marriage certificate was important, but the older I get, the more I see how little it means.”

We can interpret that statement both ways: either Kristen Bell has become disillusioned over the shelf life of the average Hollywood marriage…or, on the other hand, she may  simply be protecting her assets.

“We’re just not having a wedding, so there’s no story to report there. I mean, we’re still getting married, but we’re going to do it whenever we feel like it. The fact that he asked me to marry him is of a little more importance than me planning a party.”

So somebody give Dax Shepard a film project already…he has a party to plan…

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