Friday 23 February 2018

Hollywood descends on Venice for George Clooney's weekend wedding

George Clooney (R) and fiance Amal Alamuddin
The entrance of the 7-star Aman hotel (L) on Venice's Grand Canal, where it is rumoured U.S. Hollywood star George Clooney will celebrate his wedding with his fiancee Amal Alamuddin. Reuters/Manuel Silvestri
Winning smile: Amal Alamuddin met George Clooney through work.
The Look of Love: Amal Alamuddin and her husband-to-be George Clooney. Photo: Getty
Barrister Amal Alamuddin, fiancee of actor George Clooney, attends the summit. Reuters/Luke MacGregor
Hollywood actor and director George Clooney and his fiancee, Amal Alamuddin. Photo credit: Andrew Goodman/Getty Images for Celebrity Fight Night
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Hundreds of George Clooney's family, friends and fans have descended on Venice ahead of his wedding on Saturday.

The Oscar-winning actor will marry human rights lawyer Amala Alamuddin this weekend in a traditional ceremony, followed by a lavish wedding receptiona the city's only seven star hotel, Aman Resort.

Hollywood actor and director George Clooney and his fiancee, Amal Alamuddin. Photo credit: Andrew Goodman/Getty Images for Celebrity Fight Night
Hollywood actor and director George Clooney and his fiancee, Amal Alamuddin. Photo credit: Andrew Goodman/Getty Images for Celebrity Fight Night

Security has been increased around the area as more than 150 stars, including Bono and Ali Hewson, Cindy Crawford, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, are expected to travel to Italy to see Hollywood's most eligible bachelors walk up the aisle.

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The entrance of the 7-star Aman hotel (L) on Venice's Grand Canal, where it is rumoured U.S. Hollywood star George Clooney will celebrate his wedding with his fiancee Amal Alamuddin. Reuters/Manuel Silvestri
The entrance of the 7-star Aman hotel (L) on Venice's Grand Canal, where it is rumoured U.S. Hollywood star George Clooney will celebrate his wedding with his fiancee Amal Alamuddin. Reuters/Manuel Silvestri

Celebrities will be escorted by police boats as they make their way from the civil ceremony to the reception, according to The Telegraph.

Clooney, who divides his time between LA and his home in Lake Como, has asked his old friend and former mayor of Rome Walter Veltron, while restaurateur Rande Gerber will fulfill best man duties.

Barrister Amal Alamuddin
Barrister Amal Alamuddin

The 53-year-old is expected to wear custom-made Armani while Amal will wear a couture gown by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen.

This will mark his second marriage, after being with actress Talia Balsam from 1989 to 1993. But this time around is said to be different for George, as he has thought about becoming a parent.

The Look of Love: Amal Alamuddin and her husband-to-be George Clooney. Photo: Getty
The Look of Love: Amal Alamuddin and her husband-to-be George Clooney. Photo: Getty
Wedding fever in Venice: George Clooney to wed Amal 'in the next few days'

"George is saying he's ready to do this - he thought he never wanted children, but meeting Amal has made him realise he is ready for a family," a source told British magazine Closer. "He's so glad that she has come into his life and knows he wants her to be the mother of his kids."

George revealed the reason behind their Italian nuptials simply came back to the star of their love story.

"I met my lovely bride-to-be here in Italy, who I will be marrying in a couple of weeks in Venice, of all places. Amal, I love you to death and I cannot wait to become your husband," he shared at a recent charity event in Italy.

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