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The canals of Venice are overflowing with paparazzi. Its seven-star hotel is soon to be bursting with celebrities. And streets are shutting down in an effort to control the crowds. No, it’s not the Venice Film Festival. It’s George Clooney’s wedding this weekend to lawyer Amal Alamuddin. The fairytale extravaganza is already being billed as the wedding of the year.
The duo will reportedly get married by Clooney’s close friend Walter Veltroni, the former mayor of Rome. Veltroni, who is often called Obama’s European counterpart, shares Clooney’s passion for cinema and human rights issues.
The guest list is rumored to include newlyweds Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, Cate Blanchett, Julia Roberts, Matt Damon, Sandra Bullock, Ellen Barkin, Bono and Cindy Crawford. Clooney’s best man is Crawford’s husband, Rande Gerber.
Andrea Bocelli is expected to sing at the ceremony and Lana Del Ray at the dinner. Many guests have booked the five-star Belmond Cipriani on the island of Guidecca, which was a favorite of Clooney for years.
According to Italian media reports, the festivities begin on Friday night, and will alternate between the seven-star Aman Canal Grande Venice and the Cipriani. The wedding will be officiated in a civil ceremony on Monday at Ca’Farsetti, a 14th century palace encompassing the city’s town hall. The city has already placed notices to shut down transit around the Rialto Bridge Monday afternoon to avoid any minor riots.
Clooney will be wearing Giorgio Armani, and the bride is anticipated to wear Alexander McQueen, just like the Duchess of Cambridge. The couple has reportedly given the media exclusive for the wedding to American Vogue in exchange for a charity donation.
Although small, Venice, with its countless back alleyways, secret entrances and hidden corners, can be notoriously difficult for paparazzi to navigate, but hundreds have already lined up for a potential shot, fingers itching on the trigger.
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