First, thing's first: Once Clooney and Alamuddin entered Venetian territory, they took a water taxi, aptly called "Amore," to the iconic Belmond Hotel Cipriani, where they hosted a small gathering to welcome guests. The first of many celebrations was held in Cipriani's bar hall, where guests sipped on bellinis and champagne and enjoyed the view of a hundreds of white-and pink Cyclamen blooms.
Famous faces have begun to flood the Venetian streets for the momentous occasion, including Clooney's bestie Matt Damon and wife Luciana, Cindy Crawford and her husband Rande Gerber, John Krasinski and Emily Blunt, Richard Kind, Ellen Barkin and Gabriel Byrne, Clooney's producing partner Grant Heslov, his cousin Miguel Ferrer, and Vogue Editor in Chief Anna Wintour.
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And while the wedding seems to be causing quite the stir in the city, locals couldn't be more excited about the pending high-profile nuptials in their hometown. "Ever since he admitted he would be marrying in Venice a few weeks ago, everyone wants to be in on it," local Liliana Sermonetta told People. "Where are they staying, what are they eating, will they take a gondola ride?"
As for tonight's agenda, Clooney and his bride-to-be will both be celebrating their bachelor and bachelorette party. E! News reports that Clooney's future wife will party with eight girlfriends at the Aman Canal Grande, while the actor will head back to Cipriani where he will gallivant with the guys.
Saturday is the big day! Clooney and Alamuddin will say "I do" in a symbolic ceremony, officiated by Rome Mayor Walter Veltroni, following by a luncheon with guests on Sunday. They won't officially be Mr. and Mrs. Clooney, though, until Monday when they have a civil ceremony according to reports.
Sounds like a jam-packed wedding weekend! Stay tuned for even more Clooney wedding developments over the course of the next few days.