George Clooney’s marriage to Amal Alamuddin to be celebrated by Italian writer and former mayor of Rome Walter Veltroni


The wedding countdown is on as he prepares to walk down the aisle with his fiancee Amal Alamuddin this weekend.

And George Clooney has hired Walter Veltroni – an Italian writer and former mayor of Rome – as an officiant to preside over the much-anticipated ceremony in Venice, reported People.

The 59-year-old is a good friend of the Hollywood star. They were both honored in 2007 for their human rights activism in Darfur.

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Master of ceremonies: George Clooney enlisted Italian writer and politician Walter Veltroni to officiate on his upcoming marriage to Amal Alamuddin, the two friends pictured here in 2008

George compared the former politician to President Barack Obama, and it’s interesting that Veltroni wrote the preface to the Italian version of the Commander-in-Chief’s 2006 book The Boldness of Hope.

The news of the officiant is just the latest wedding information to come to light as the couple’s big day approaches.

Last week, Giorgio Armani announced during his Emporio Armani show during Milan Fashion Week that he was dressing the 53-year-old star for his nuptials at the end of September.

Innovative: The Hollywood star compared the former mayor of Rome to President Barack Obama, the duo pictured here in Italy in 2009

Innovative: The Hollywood star compared the former mayor of Rome to President Barack Obama, the duo pictured here in Italy in 2009

Big day: engaged couple set to walk down aisle this weekend in Venice, Italy

Big day: engaged couple set to walk down aisle this weekend in Venice, Italy

“George chose and was fitted with an Armani suit for his wedding,” said the Italian fashion designer according to People, who obtained his information from Italian television reporters on the show.

An Armani designer was spotted visiting the Oceans’ Eleven actor at his home on Lake Como in Italy earlier this month. And on Monday, the star’s assistant was seen at Armani’s headquarters in Milan.

In addition, the Kentucky native has worn the iconic Italian designer clothes for many years at big awards ceremonies like the Oscars.

Dressed: Last week, during his Milan Emporio Armani show, Giorgio Armani announced that he was dressing George Clooney for his wedding;  here both are pictured in 2007

Dressed: Last week, during his Milan Emporio Armani show, Giorgio Armani announced that he was dressing George Clooney for his wedding; here both are pictured in 2007

Wednesday Us weekly reported that George only wanted a few dozen guests to attend his wedding on September 27.

“He only wanted 60 real friends and family,” a source told the publication, “adding that his Ocean’s Eleven co-star Matt Damon and his wife Luciana as well as his best friend Rande Gerber and his wife Cindy Crawford have made the cut.

But it’s still unclear if Brad Pitt and his wife Angelina Jolie will be among the guests.

On September 26, George, 53, and Amal, 36, are reportedly hosting a “casual” dinner at the Cipriani Hotel where suites start at $ 1,490 a night.

The next morning, the couple plan to don an evening outfit and head to the Aman Canal Grande Venice hotel to be married at 11 a.m., according to the website.

Luxury: the Cipriani hotel in Venice, Italy, where a dinner is planned the day before the wedding

Luxury: the Cipriani hotel in Venice, Italy, where a dinner is planned the day before the wedding

Waterfront Paradise: The nuptials set to take place at the 24-room seven-star Aman Canal Grande in Palazzo Papadopoli, which offers rooms ranging from £ 1,000 to £ 3,200 a night

Waterfront Paradise: The nuptials set to take place at the 24-room seven-star Aman Canal Grande in Palazzo Papadopoli, which offers rooms ranging from £ 1,000 to £ 3,200 a night

Built in 1550, the 24-room seven-star Aman Canal Grande in Palazzo Papadopoli offers rooms ranging from £ 1,000 to £ 3,200 a night and offers some of the best views in the city.

“Everything is very classy,” said the source who added that Amal’s younger sister Tala would be the bride’s bridesmaid while George’s friend Gerber was expected to be her witness.

Reports that the wedding party will feast on Italian and Lebanese dishes – Amal was born in Beirut while opera singer Andrea Bocelli will perform.

Perhaps more remarkably, although Clooney is worth $ 180 million, Amal’s family would have “paid for most” of the lavish wedding, according to the insider.

As for the wedding dress, Amal was apparently spotted at the headquarters of Alexander McQueen, the fashion label that created Kate Middleton’s wedding dress.

The British human rights lawyer spent an hour and a half in the firm’s offices in Clerkenwell, east London, with her mother, respected journalist Baria Alamuddin.

Her Turn: Clooney stepped onto the podium at the Celebrity Fight Night charity event to accept an award

Her Turn: Clooney stepped onto the podium at the Celebrity Fight Night charity event to accept an award

Meanwhile, Rande was seen loading more than 50 cases of tequila onto a private jet in Los Angeles on Monday.

TMZ report that Cindy Crawford’s husband was seen loading cases of Casamigos tequila, the brand owned by him and his business partner George.

A few weeks ago, during an appearance at Celebrity Fight Night in Florence, Italy, George opened up about his nuptials with Amal, who sat in the audience as he accepted an award.

“I would just like to tell my future bride Amal that I love you very much and look forward to being your husband,” he said.

A witness said E! New: “She seemed so touched and upset and at that point they looked at each other and it was like there was no one else in the room.”

It was during the same speech George blurted out that his next nuptials will actually be in Venice, not Lake Como as previously suspected.

“I met my future bride in Italy and I will soon be getting married in Italy, in a few weeks. In Venice, everywhere, ”revealed the 53-year-old.

The star took his blushing future bride as a date at the Black Tie Gala, which was held on September 7 in support of the Andres Bocelli Foundation and the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center.

“I can’t wait to be your husband”: George Clooney spoke about his fiancée Amal Alamuddin at an event in Florence, Italy


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