We knew the moment Amal Alamuddin and George Clooney descended on Venice, it would be a five-star weekend. Romance and elegance permeated throughout the floating city late last month; it was definitely a glamorous affair worthy of an Oscar with a list of Hollywood’s elite in attendance.
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Of course, you may not want to spend an estimated $13 million on a wedding celebration, but you can take a few elegant trends from Hollywood’s new royal couple to make your own fairytale wedding. Here’s what we spotted on the canals of Venice.
WEDDING WEEKEND Because the actor/director and his human rights attorney met in Italy last September, it seemed fitting to wed in Venice—the city of amore! For their wedding weekend, the couple invited their guests to relax and set up camp at Belmond Hotel Cipriani. The couple began the festivities on Friday with a boat ride down the Grand Canal to join friends and family for the rehearsal dinner before going their ways for their bachelor and bachelorette parties. On Saturday, they exchanged vows in an intimate ceremony at the Aman Canal Grande Hotel followed by a reception into the wee hours. The celebrations continued with a post- wedding lunch the next day at The Cip, a dinner at Le Graneries at Belmond Hotel Cipriani, and then a civil ceremony on Monday morning.
MAKE IT YOURS From a welcome party to the farewell lunch, a wedding weekend gives you ample opportunity to entertain all of your loved ones with fun, memory-making, personalized events.
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VENICE Italy has always been a choice spot for celebrity weddings. Who can forget Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel, or John Legend and Chrissy Teigen, and most recently Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka? They have all said “I do” under the Tuscan sun. But for Mr. & Mrs. Clooney, the city of Venice—a group of small islands separated by long and winding canals—set the mood for their wedding celebration.
MAKE IT YOURS If Venice seems out of bounds, then opt for somewhere closer to home. The Caribbean offers spectacular accommodations at many all-inclusive resorts. And don’t forget Hawaii’s exotic appeal where you can entertain friends and family in our 50th state.
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THE MONOGRAM George and Amal have brought the monogram back in style. The couple personalized their wedding by designing a logo just for the event. Intertwined initials—an elegant “A” and the classic Art Deco “G”—graced many aspects of their wedding from the bride’s hatbox to flags that signified their fleet of speedboats.
MAKE IT YOURS Add elegance to the wedding by having your initials set the mood. Use it on wedding stationery and invitations, napkin holders, and certainly shining brightly as a cake topper.
SEEING RED While Alamuddin went with luxe traditional white for her wedding dress by designer Oscar de la Renta, romantic red played a big part of the weekend soiree. Alamuddin wowed everyone at the rehearsal dinner in a stunning red gown by Alexander McQueen. Red also appeared at the post-nuptial dinner at Belmond Hotel Cipriani in the flowers and silk pillows adorning the chairs. And no doubt about it, plenty of Italian red wine was enjoyed by all.
MAKE IT YOURS Whether it’s red or in combination with another color, make your signature color standout in décor, food and, yes, even your wedding dress.
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SPECIAL MOMENTS There’s no doubt to those in attendance that George and Amal are madly in love—and don’t take themselves too seriously. And like many newlyweds, they gifted their guests with a look into their playful romance by sharing a special photo of their romance including one of Clooney taking a bite out of Alamuddin’s hat.
MAKE IT YOURS Share your special times with loved ones with a photo that speaks your love for one another. It will be treasured by friends and family for many years to come.
CHECK THE PHONES Smartphones and all social media were banned to maintain the privacy of the ceremony and reception. However, cameras with trackable photos were provided for all guests.
MAKE IT YOURS Kindly ask guests to turn off all smartphones for the ceremony at the very least.
By Patricia Canole
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