Just married: George Clooney & Amal Alamuddin tie the knot in Venice

(Picture credit to AFP)

It’s been billed as the wedding of the year, with a flurry of news over the internet all weekend.

And it’s now official: Hollywood film star George Clooney has married his Lebanon-born British fiancee Amal Alamuddin in Venice on Saturday, the actor’s representative said.

The pair had swept into the floating city on Friday aboard a water taxi dubbed “Amore”, zipping up the Grand Canal to cheers from fans at the start of nuptials set to span the weekend. And tantalizing details of Clooney’s wedding dinner have emerged, according to AFP, with Hollywood stars reportedly to dine Saturday on lobster, wild mushrooms and figs at a banquet in Venice fit for the gods. The venue is reportedly an exclusive seven-star hotel in the 450-year-old Palazzo Papadopoli.

On Friday, former supermodel Cindy Crawford and Hollywood actor Matt Damon were among the first guests spotted in Venice. Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie and Sandra Bullock also checked in to the Cipriani before the gala meal rustled up by Italian chef Riccardo de Pra.

Clooney, 53, and Alamuddin, 36, who were engaged in April, have not publicly divulged details of the weekend-long celebrations — leaving plenty open to speculation. Media have speculated that the couple will have two ceremonies — one on Saturday followed by a civil ceremony Monday.

Venice city officials have announced the closure of a 50-meter (yard) length of pedestrian way along the Grand Canal near the 16th-century Cavalli Palace, used for civil marriage ceremonies, for two hours on Monday, citing the Clooney nuptials. The Cavalli Palace is just opposite the Aman hotel.