LONDON - Rumours that George Clooney and his fiancee might be getting married on Friday in London's Chelsea Old Town Hall sparked a media frenzy but the registry office said "not today".
The 53-year-old Hollywood actor and Beirut-born British human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin, 36, are set to tie the knot within weeks, though a date and precise venue have not been publicly announced.
Clooney's spokesman has confirmed the film star's comments that they will marry in the coming weeks in Venice -- but that did not stop a media scramble to Chelsea on Friday.
"We are NOT conducting the wedding of Mr Clooney at this office today," said a statement posted outside.
"A film crew and press photographers would only cause possible disruption to other couples getting married on this day."
The office has previously helped in the necessary legal moves required for the pair to wed.
"We have assisted in the legal preliminaries for a proposed wedding for George Clooney and his fiancee," the notice said.
"A certificate of no impediment was applied for and has been issued as no objection was raised."
The certificate is required for British citizens seeking to marry a foreign national in another country.
"In this case we actually have no record of when the wedding will take place as it was not necessary to ask in order to facilitate the issue of the documents," the statement added.
News that Alamuddin had stolen Clooney's heart caused a global media frenzy and furious speculation about when they would wed.
They had first emerged as a couple last October in London, and since have been seen together in New York and on trips to Tanzania and the Seychelles.
In April, her law firm confirmed their engagement.