There's a reason why George Clooney is one of the nicest guys in Hollywood. The Oscar-winning actor and his now wife Amal Alamuddin tried to make their wedding weekend special not just for themselves, but for their family and close friends who flew in. Us Weekly can exclusively reveal that guests in attendance received a special gift from the happy couple and had a ball during the private reception.
The bag of goodies included a wedding weekend itinerary, suggestions for what to do, and yes, rules for the big day.
Friday, famous pals like Emily Blunt, John Krasinski and Matt Damon celebrated the lovebirds at Cipriani Hotel. Guests had the option to feast at the residence or in town, and were notified that drinks and piano entertainment would be available around the Cipriani pool well into the evening. If not, they could entertain themselves with the iPod and speaker they each received in their rooms. The bride and groom created a personal playlist for a special touch. (As previously reported, the pair also celebrated with separate bachelor and bachelorette parties.)
Saturday morning, guests were left to themselves before witnessing the pair exchange vows at the seven-star Aman Canal Grande hotel. They had the option to sip drinks downstairs, but were expected to make their way to the boats on time for the ceremony.
After the pre-wedding celebrations, Clooney and his British lawyer love finally said "I do," and received a big round of cheers around 8:45 p.m. Guests then feasted on lobster, lemon risotto, and fried polenta with mushrooms, and danced to hits from bands like Blondie, Jackson 5, Amy Winehouse, and Daft Punk.
Everyone was given a code for their phones for security purposes, and were asked to leave their personal devices back in their hotel rooms. Cameras were supplied at the reception, which lasted well into the early morning. (Good thing Sunday brunch begins at 2 p.m. back at Cipriani!)
Before heading home Sunday, guests will congratulate the newlyweds once more at a late dinner at the Granaries of the Republic. They won't be packing up just their fancy attire from the night before, however. Clooney and Alamuddin gifted everyone with a framed picture of themselves.
"We're both so glad you're here. You've come a long way so we'll make it worth the trip," a letter from the couple read. "Thanks for being here. It means the world to us."
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