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Post by party animal - not! Fri 26 Sep 2014, 09:34

Saw this journalist's twitter page yesterday - also on Frenchiesfans - thank you - could be worth watching........


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Post by theminis Fri 26 Sep 2014, 09:55

Hi Everyone
Thought it would be a good idea to put all pre wedding news here - will make it easier than trudging through the Wedding Venue 10 page thread..




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Post by theminis Fri 26 Sep 2014, 10:10

Worth a look - if this hasn't been posted yet, so many articles its hard to tell.

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George Clooney wedding hotel: what's it like inside the Aman Canal Grande?


With the Aman Canal Grande expected to host George Clooney's wedding this weekend, Nick Trend - a former guest - explains the appeal of the hotel, and considers which suite might host the happy couple

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The Aman Canal Grande opened just a year ago and has the huge advantage of being the only hotel in Venice which feels more like a private palazzo than a hotel. And that is because, essentially, it still is.

The original building dates back to the 16th century, but it was acquired by the Papadopoli family and has been their home for 200 years. Though they have sold an interest to Aman, they still retain apartments on the top floor. Meanwhile, the rest of the palace has been immaculately restored.

The building fronts directly onto the Grand Canal, so George Clooney and his guests can expect to arrive by private water taxi at the private landing stage. It’s the proper way to arrive - nearly all Venetian palazzo were built to be entered in this way because any family of note would travel around the city by gondola. From via the ‘porta d’acqua’, guests progress across the classic chequered floor of pink and white marble and up the main staircase, to the piano nobile.

Another essential architectural feature of a Venetian palazzo, this is the main reception hall and party space - the cielings are double height and lit by a glittering Murano chandelier and the walls are lined with silk wall hangings.
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From here, the main balcony looks directly out over the Grand Canal, while down the side of the building is the ballroom, gilded and decorated with mirrors, frescos and the original chandeliers.

Next to this are Yellow Dining Room and the Red Dining Room which have 18th-century ceiling frescos by Tiepolo. On the floor above, there is yet more room for the party to expand - the Salon, which has a grand piano. also overlooks the Grand Canal and there are three more reception rooms adjoining it.

In short, the Aman is about as opulent as it gets - and life is not so different to how it used to be for the grand Venetian families of the 15th-18th centuries; all about ease, elegance and the display of enormous wealth.

As for the bedrooms, because of the very high prices the hotel commands (about £1,000 a night upwards), the palazzo’s rooms have not been divided up to increase the number of guests who can stay, as they have in nearly every other Venice hotel. In fact, it’s the opposite - the ensuite bathrooms are often as big as the bedrooms they serve.

Most of the 24 bedrooms are actually in the 19th century wing which is linked the main palazzo, but several have spectacular views across the hotel garden and over the water. However, the most likely “wedding night suite” is the £3,130-a-night Alcova Tiepolo suite: a cascade of decorative stucco surrounds the bed, and there is a fresco by Tiepolo on the ceiling above; original chinoiserie fabrics adorn the walls in the living room. Another huge bonus are the Aman’s gardens - especially the formal lawn at the front of the buidling. It is unique among Venetian hotels, and extremely rare among any of the palazzi, in having such a space overlooking the Canal. In fact, it’s hard to think of a more private, and idyllically situated outdoor space anywhere else in Venice. (A big bonus when the weather forecast for this weekend is virtually unbroken sunshine with a top temperature of 23C).

If the Clooneys do use the Aman for their wedding reception or wedding night, the papparazzi will also have a hard time snooping. The only land entrance to the hotel is via a tiny alley way in San Polo, and there are no public quays or spaces nearby or on the opposite side of the Grand Canal - although, conveniently, the grand Palazzo Cavalli, is just across the Canal from the Aman - and it is here that civic wedding ceremonies are held in Venice. So should they marry here, it will be a very short gondola ride back to the reception indeed.
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Post by theminis Fri 26 Sep 2014, 10:12



My translation, paps are waiting at airport? It's Me please obliged, so dislike google translate
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Post by theminis Fri 26 Sep 2014, 10:16

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Either Amal or Host in the garden on Aman having cocktails -
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Post by hathaross Fri 26 Sep 2014, 10:33

Thanks for the links Smile

I wish I was in Venice....
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Post by theminis Fri 26 Sep 2014, 10:47

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Translation: The garden of Aman fills with guests, yet no-one (assuming reports/paps) know who they are.
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Post by theminis Fri 26 Sep 2014, 11:49



Dont they look cute?
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Post by theminis Fri 26 Sep 2014, 11:52

Lots of stuff? starting to arrive now

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Post by theminis Fri 26 Sep 2014, 11:55

Where are you all???
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Post by Sevens Fri 26 Sep 2014, 12:19

theminis wrote:

Dont they look cute?
George should give away the "AG" badges to fans... Very Happy CUTE&LOVELY
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Post by theminis Fri 26 Sep 2014, 12:25

Someone has just reported the following:  Cant copy tweet as PC is crumbling under the pressure!



Two gazebo set up in the garden of Palazzo Papadopoli . The festival will be here
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Post by theminis Fri 26 Sep 2014, 12:35

Okay detectives (Mel and PAN are quite good at this) Who is this in the pic below??

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Post by melbert Fri 26 Sep 2014, 12:37

I'm wondering if it's Nina.  It looks like she's wearing glasses.  But, why all bundled up?
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Post by theminis Fri 26 Sep 2014, 12:38

Where are our locals? well more local than I, Socimar, Its Me, Lela??
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Post by party animal - not! Fri 26 Sep 2014, 12:38

Lana Del Rey??

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Post by melbert Fri 26 Sep 2014, 12:38

DorisDay is also in Italy!


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Post by theminis Fri 26 Sep 2014, 12:39

You are good Mel, I was thinking the same thing. Assuming all bundled up to hide the outfit, so as not to spoil the first photos of the whole group together, I dont know.
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Post by theminis Fri 26 Sep 2014, 12:40

Oops sorry Doris Day, didn't mean to forget you.

There are photos of a bunch of teens loitering around Venice hoping to meet Lana Del Ray, pretty confident she was there so who knows. Could be Lana, but why so shy?
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Post by party animal - not! Fri 26 Sep 2014, 12:43

Well, she's in a spot of trouble for opting out of some European promotional gigs.....bet she's the cabaret at the Cipriani tonight. Possible His Nibs hasn't told Amal................

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Post by theminis Fri 26 Sep 2014, 13:01

Apparently Aman (the location) has just begun to obscure the gates, journalists are not amused. Guess everyone wants a sneaky peek
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Post by it's me Fri 26 Sep 2014, 13:30

I am at home
I will work tomorrow
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Post by theminis Fri 26 Sep 2014, 13:36

Hi Its Me, nice to see you, sad you have to work tomorrow, unless of course you work at Cipriani???
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Post by it's me Fri 26 Sep 2014, 13:50

hahahahaha!!! no
absolutely not Very Happy
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Post by theminis Fri 26 Sep 2014, 13:53

Cant blame a girl for asking x
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Post by theminis Fri 26 Sep 2014, 13:57



Looks like a great party bus
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Post by it's me Fri 26 Sep 2014, 14:03

if they start boozing from there.... OH MAMMA MIA!!!!



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Post by theminis Fri 26 Sep 2014, 14:06

I know can you imagine what a fun party that would be on arrival? Now Id pay to see pictures of that
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Post by theminis Fri 26 Sep 2014, 14:15



Assuming these are some of the media waiting for photo op, but is someone going to remove the laundry first??
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Post by Nicky80 Fri 26 Sep 2014, 15:42

We missing all the fun there Laughing
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Post by theminis Fri 26 Sep 2014, 15:45

I know, how fabulous would it be, should have laminated some COH business cards and tried to pass myself off as journo.
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Post by Sevens Fri 26 Sep 2014, 15:54

The letter A design looks like Amal's long beautiful hair and she's resting on George's shoulder!
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Post by Donnamarie Fri 26 Sep 2014, 16:02

I know Sevens. I love the way the very feminine "A" rests against the very upright strong "G". Wonder who came up with that? And will it be used in other ways at events during the weekend?
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Post by annemarie Fri 26 Sep 2014, 16:55

The AG is for Arman Grande it just happens to be their initials.

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Post by Sevens Fri 26 Sep 2014, 17:58

annemarie wrote:The AG is for Arman Grande it just happens to be their initials.
Oh no I think it's for them...otherwise all the reporters should've known
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Post by theminis Fri 26 Sep 2014, 18:04

A lot of reporters were tweeting that the logo was for George Amal as per photos above.
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Post by Katiedot Fri 26 Sep 2014, 18:09

Aman Grande don't have that logo on their website (yes I know, just call me geek)
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Post by LornaDoone Fri 26 Sep 2014, 19:25

theminis wrote:Where are you all???

3:55 a.m sleeping.
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Post by Katiedot Fri 26 Sep 2014, 19:55

Luggage!

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I'm a pinto grigio fan, but this seems like a lot for just 60 guests . . .
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Post by Joanna Fri 26 Sep 2014, 20:45

Theminis that is a fabulous thread you made !
Thank you....
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Post by party animal - not! Fri 26 Sep 2014, 21:41

from twitter @Idranaz81

I think it says ' Amal returned to the Aman Canale tonight at 10.08 in sa long red dress. George was with her   (? Help!)

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Post by party animal - not! Fri 26 Sep 2014, 21:42

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And 'where is George staying?'

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Post by Donnamarie Fri 26 Sep 2014, 21:51

George was having a separate party at Cipriani for his friends. Maybe he's staying there or he's still partying.
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Post by The next mrs clooney Fri 26 Sep 2014, 22:09

Donnamarie wrote:George was having a separate party at Cipriani for his friends.  Maybe he's staying there or he's still partying.
I thought it was the rehearsal dinner tonight so would make sense that they were together.
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Post by party animal - not! Fri 26 Sep 2014, 22:10

Here's A J Calloway's video report for Extratv of all the venues in Venice and a fairly knowledgeable lady from VanityFair.It - reckons there are three dresses diplomatically chosen. I could see that


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Post by party animal - not! Fri 26 Sep 2014, 22:13

I agree, TNMC, but for another reason really. I get the impression they don't want to be apart if they can possibly avoid it.......especially now..

would love a shot of the red dress.........

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Post by Donnamarie Fri 26 Sep 2014, 22:29

It was the Telegraph this am that reported there were two separate parties going on. At Cipriani and the Aman. Of course like every other media outlet they could be wrong. George was entertaining at Cipriani and Amal at Aman.
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Post by Donnamarie Fri 26 Sep 2014, 22:51

E News said that George was dropping her off at the Aman Hotel for her to continue partying with eight of her gal pals as a last hurrah to being a single woman. Where they got this info (a source) I don't know. Yes, would love to see what she was wearing.
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