No phones allowed, Clooney tells his wedding guests
George Clooney and his fiancée have reportedly ordered guests at their wedding in Venice this weekend not to bring their mobile phones or tablets to the three-day event in a bid to stop unauthorised photos leaking to the press.
The Hollywood actor - who will marry high-flying London barrister Amal Alamuddin amid the romantic splendour of Venice's piazzas and palaces - is said to have sold the rights to photographs of the wedding to American Vogue, in return for the fashion magazine making a contribution to a charity of his choice.
Ms Alamuddin, 36, who is of Lebanese background, arrived in Italy on Wednesday ahead of her marriage to Clooney, 53, soon to give up his title as the world's most eligible bachelor.
The couple will reportedly host separate dinners for their respective friends and families tonight in two different locations - Mr Clooney at the Hotel Cipriani, on the island of Giudecca, just to the south of St Mark's Square, and his bride-to-be at the seven-star Hotel Aman on the Grand Canal.
Mr Clooney's dinner will be held in the hotel's Oro restaurant for around 100 guests, including Hollywood stars such as Sandra Bullock, Matt Damon, Cate Blanchett, Brad Pitt and his wife Angelina Jolie, and Cindy Crawford, the former super model.
His fiancee's gathering will include her mother and father and her sister Tala.
The Hotel Cipriani was founded in the 1950s by Giuseppe Cipriani, a local hotelier who had already made his mark by establishing the legendary Harry's Bar, where the Bellini cocktaill was invented.
Ernest Hemingway used Harry's as the setting for part of his book, Across the River and Into the Trees.
Mr Clooney and Miss Amal have reportedly reserved several tables in the bar between today and Sunday, in which their guests can escape the tourist hordes and seek refuge from the limelight.
The reservations were apparently made in the names of "Mr and Mrs Smith".
The star of Gravity and his fiancée will hold a grand reception tonight at the Aman Hotel where guests will arrive by water taxi.
Rehearsals took place this week, with a woman dressed in a wedding gown reportedly practising disembarking at the jetty in front of the hotel, in order to identify potential hazards for Ms Alamuddin on her big day.
The bride-to-be and her guests will be obscured from the view of waiting photographers because they will enter the hotel through a short tunnel which has been specially installed for the occasion.
Mr Clooney will formally marry Ms Alamuddin in a civil ceremony on Monday in a palazzo owned by Venice city council near the Rialto Bridge.
Security is tight for the wedding arrangements - staff at the Cipriani have been issued with microchips which are required for access to and from the hotel, while caterers and hoteliers have had to sign confidentiality agreements.