RIP to George Clooney’s single man status.
This weekend, A-listers will be filing into Venice, Italy, to see George Clooney tie the knot with his British lawyer girlfriend Amal Alamuddin. And the whole city is getting ready for the occasion. According to the British Telegraph, the Grand Canal is going to be closed off this weekend to let the bride and groom travels down the waterway on a boat accompanied by gondolas (and for performers Andrea Bocelli and Lana Del Rey to be ferried to the location as well.)
You know… it’s the little things, lol.
Clooney briefly mentioned the upcoming nuptuals at an event in Florence some weeks ago; but though the location – Venice – was confirmed, no further details were given – since then speculation has gone into overdrive.
Indeed, the five-star Belmond Cipriani hotel has been so forthcoming with wedding details that Clooney-watchers are suspicious. Granted, this is where George holed up during eight film fests over the past 15 years, becoming so much a member of the hotel family that he puts in time behind the bar mixing cocktails.
The Jolie-Pitts are thought to have reserved a suite there, along with Cate Blanchett, U2’s Bono and Cindy Crawford with her husband Rande Gerber, who’s expected to act as Clooney’s best man. But whether the whole wedding party – including, as the Cipriani’s reps say, the happy couple – will be staying in its entirely booked-out 44 rooms and 41 suites (with rates ranging from $1400-$4000 PER NIGHT) remains to be seen.
But canny are putting their money on the ceremony taking place at the tight-lipped 24-room seven-star Aman Canal Grande, (which is RIGHT on the canal) which is also fully booked this weekend.
And the wedding itself? Giorgio Armani has announced that he is responsible for the groom’s outfit. Alamuddin was giving little away when she was snapped in Milan airport earlier this week with a Stella McCartney suitbag slung over her shoulder and clutching a label-less bandbox which may have contained The Dress. She was, however, spotted in London recently emerging from the HQ of Alexander McQueen, where designer Sarah Burton produced the Duchess of Cambridge’s lacy wedding number.
Local press in Italy has suggested that Walter Veltroni, a close Clooney friend and former mayor of Rome, will officiate the ceremony itself… wherever and whenever that may be. In theory, the couple will have to drop by the Palazzo Cavalli – city hall’s wedding venue – to do the required paperwork. So I’m sure paparazzi will be on full alert for the first post-wedding pics of the happy couple…and obviously, so will we!