As America's most eligible bachelor readies to marry the woman who finally got him to put a ring on it, details are starting to come into focus about their upcoming nuptials.
George Clooney, 53, is rumored to be tying the knot with British human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin, 36, on Sept. 20, in Italy.
It's been less than a year since the couple was first spotted in October 2013 having dinner together in London. At the time, a rep for the actor denied that they were on a date; they were simply discussing a satellite program over Syria. Six months later, George and Amal were engaged.
Clooney, who was previously married to actress Talia Balsam from 1989 to '93, seems like he's met his perfect match in Alamuddin. Though he's dated a bevy of beauties over the years, none have been quite as accomplished as his fiancée.
So as George and Amal prepare to walk down the aisle, here's what we know so far about their plans to marry:
Amal just filed for a marriage license: The Lebanese-born, Oxford-educated Alamuddin filed the documents for her intention to marry (the U.K. equivalent of filing for a marriage license) in London, where she resides.
According to the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, couples seeking to marry or form a civil partnership in England or Wales must give formal "notice" of intention to marry to a Superintendent Registrar at least 16 days before the date of their ceremony.
Alamuddin took the necessary legal steps towards tying the knot abroad in Italy by visiting the Chelsea Register Office and filing for a Certificate of Non-Impediment, for which only the British national is required to attend in person in order to obtain. Clooney didn't show up to the Register's office, reportedly to the disappointment of the some of the office's staff.
"I Amal Ramzi Alamuddin of London, give you notice that I and George Timothy Clooney of Studio City, Los Angeles, California…" the first part of Alamuddin's announcement read. Clooney's occupation on the notice is listed as an "Actor and Director," while Alamuddin's is listed as "Barrister." Italy is listed as the wedding's location.
U.K. law requires that notices or certificates then be displayed on the public notice boards of the Register Offices where they were filed for 15 days. On the 16th day, the Marriage Authorities are issued, and then the couple is responsible for ensuring that both of their Authorities are in the possession of the Register who attends to them on the day of their ceremony, otherwise the marriage cannot take place.
Accordingly, Alamuddin's notice was posted publicly outside Chelsea Old Town Hall, where it has since been taken down. (it's unclear on which date it originally posted.)
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It's up to the receiving country (in this case, Italy) to be satisfied with the documentation. Italian authorities also have the right to request further documentation. Clooney, as a non-British national, will have to arrange for documentation via the U.S.
Where will the wedding take place?: Somewhere in Italy. At least one report from Women's Wear Daily has the couple marrying in Venice, where Clooney has reportedly "secured an entire island" for the weekend's events. Still other speculation suggests that they will marry in Lake Como, where Clooney has long owned a villa that the couple spends frequent time at. The pair was spotted vacationing around Lake Como with their respective mothers in July.
Who will dress them?: According to WWD, Giorgio Armani is expected to dress Clooney, while the stylish Alamuddin is reportedly considering several designers including Oscar de la Renta.
Who's on the guest list?: The wedding's expected to be a small affair, with only family and close friends in attendance. We wouldn't be surprised if George's pals Brad Pitt and Matt Damon and their better halves, Pitt's fiancée Angelina Jolie and Damon's wife Luciana Barroso, made the trek abroad to see him say "I do."
And Amal probably has a few high-profile friends in the British legal world she wants to invite to her nuptials as well. "The barristers and staff of Doughty Street Chambers offer their best wishes and congratulations to Ms. Amal Alamuddin, a member of Chambers, and Mr. George Clooney on their engagement to be married," Alamuddin's law firm said in a statement following their engagement.
On Thursday, the New York Post's Page Six reported that Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour planned to attend, despite the wedding falling in the midst of several European fashion weeks. The Post adds that Wintouris planning on covering the wedding for an upcoming issue of Vogue.
The Hollywood Reporter wrote that Clooney's Ocean's Thirteen co-star Ellen Barkin threw a bridal shower at her home for Alamuddin in New York City last week, so it's good bet that she'll be there too.
Is this marriage the real deal?: Clooney doesn't seem to have any doubt that Alamuddin truly is the one for him. "I'm marrying up," he told Variety in July about his excitement over his engagement.
Earlier that same month, The Monuments Men star went on the attack against British tabloid the Daily Mail over a story they wrote about Alamuddin's mother, Baria Alamuddin, being against their marriage for religious reasons.
In a first person essay that he penned for USA Today, Clooney wrote, "First of all, factually none of the story is true," continuing, "If they fabricate stories of Amal being pregnant, or the marriage is on the set of Downton Abbey, or that I'm running for office, or any number of idiotic stories that they sit at their computers and invent, I don't care. But this lie involves larger issues. The irresponsibility, in this day and age, to exploit religious differences where none exist, is at the very least negligent and more appropriately dangerous. We have family members all over the world, and the idea that someone would inflame any part of that world for the sole reason of selling papers should be criminal."
The Daily Mail issued an apology, which the actor did not accept because the outlet's managing editor claimed their article was "not a fabrication," but rather based on legitimate sourcing.
This is behavior we've rarely seen from Clooney when it comes to his relationships. Clearly, he's a man in love.
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