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Guys, it's really happening. In a matter of days, we must all join forces in the official search for the world's new most eligible bachelor. That's because the old one, Mr. George Clooney, will officially be tying the knot in Venice this weekend.
Clooney is set to wed London-based lawyer Amal Alamuddin, in what may have surpassed the Kimye nuptials as the most anticipated celebrity wedding in recent memory. And, with that, the 24-hour celebrity gossip cycle has officially gone into overdrive. Here are the facts, rumors, and speculation surrounding the biggest wedding of the year.
Speculation: Will Brangelina attend? Clooney's most famous besties have yet to be spotted in Venice, and the actor was absent from their recent nuptials as well. Our guess is the RSVP was in the mail weeks ago.
Rumor: Venice is being shut down. Well, not exactly. But, with looming fears of crowd control issues, city officials have closed down a number of canals around the Renaissance-era Cavalli Palace, where the civil ceremony is expected to be held. (The Huffington Post UK)
Fact: The wedding will be star-studded. As one of the most beloved men in the biz, Clooney has a lot of famous friends. Among those already in Venice are Matt Damon and his wife Luciana Barroso, Rande Gerber and wife Cindy Crawford, Miguel Ferrer, Richard Kind, Anna Wintour, and Ellen Barkin and Gabriel Byrne. (USA Today)
Photo: Courtesy of The Belmond Hotel Cipriani.
Fact: The Belmond Cipriani Hotel will be wedding HQ. The ultra-luxe hotel has been booked exclusively for Clooney and his famous friends, and will host both the rehearsal dinner and the pre-wedding breakfast. The mimosas will flow. (Us Weekly)
Rumor: Lana Del Rey will perform. Sorry Kimye, it looks like you just don't have Clooney clout. The Ultraviolence singer is said to be performing a few of her sultry tunes at the reception. (USA Today)
Fact: The couple will be married by Rome's mayor. Clooney has made no secret about his love of Italy, and some might call him an honorary Italian. So, it makes perfect sense that he'll be married by the mayor of its most famous city (and Clooney's personal friend), Walter Veltroni. (Us Weekly)
Speculation: What other celebrities will attend? The supposed guest list includes boldface names like Julia Roberts and husband Danny Moder, Sandra Bullock, and Bono. (USA Today)
Fact: Clooney will wear Armani. Was there ever any doubt? The designer confirmed the news at Armani's fashion show in Milan last week. (ABC News)
Rumor: Amal Alamuddin will wear Alexander McQueen. The bride-to-be has been spotted leaving the offices of McQueen's lead designer, Sarah Burton, in recent weeks. If it's good enough for Princess Kate, it's good enough for her. (The Daily Mail)