No expenses spared for George Clooney's Venice wedding

No expenses spared for George Clooney's Venice wedding
LAVISH: US actor George Clooney and his Lebanon-born British fiancee Amal Alamuddin in Venice on the eve of their wedding.

UNITED STATES - The bride reportedly has 12 changes of outfit ready for her nuptials, each chosen with the advice of US Vogue editor Anna Wintour.

Miss Amal Alamuddin, 36, apparently wore one of them on Friday night in Venice.

The British human rights lawyer wore a devilish red waterfall gown with black patterns, a matching lipstick and her hair perfectly coiffed into a voluminous side parting, in Venice on Friday night, Mail Online reported.

She was beaming as she left the exclusive five-star Belmond Hotel Cipriani on the nearby island of Giudecca.

Vogue magazine, meanwhile, is said to have bought the exclusive rights to cover the wedding for which it is expected to be making a seven-figure donation to charity. Another British publication is also in talks to share the rights for a seven-figure sum.

Hollywood heart-throb George Clooney, 53, and Miss Alamuddin, 36, will be married in a civil ceremony tomorrow. But before that, there is serious partying to be done.

The wedding is already treading a fine line between opulence and vulgarity in a city which, as Italy's Disneyland, does the same, UK newspaper The Independent reported. The city is awash with celebrities and Hollywood A-listers.

Matt Damon and Brad Pitt, among others, will be zipping around in motor launches, while Venetian authorities, hotel staff and hundreds of private security personnel try to keep the crowds at bay.

The main festivities will be take place at the seven-star Aman Canal Grande hotel in the 16th-century Palazzo Papadopoli overlooking the Grand Canal. Rooms there cost upwards of 4,000 euros (S$6,465) a night.

To keep out fans and uninvited guests, there will be 400 bouncers and private security staff on hand, said local sources.

And to ensure complete privacy, low-paid hotel staff have been threatened with 5 million-euro lawsuits if they take selfies or pass on information to journalists.

According to AFP, Friday night's feasting was set to continue till last night, with some 130 guests being whisked to the Aman hotel by gondola and speed boat, under police escort.

There they would be met in the hotel's garden - an oasis sheltered from the bustle of the canal - with lashings of bubbly and canapes, including polenta with wild mushrooms and prosciutto ham with figs, said a source. They would then sit down in the main library to a sumptuous five-course dinner which would include lemon risotto with lobster.

The Aman's restaurant will be turned into a nightclub where they would dance the night away, with Lana Del Rey reportedly preparing to serenade the couple and Clooney dedicating the song When I Fall In Love to Miss Alamuddin.

A string orchestra and jazz trio are also expected to perform a number of songs, including Smoke Gets In Your Eyes, a ballad made famous by The Platters in 1958.

This article was first published on September 28, 2014.
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