George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin’s wedding weekend reportedly cost about $1.6 million dollars according to PEOPLE. The publication also dismisses reports that Alamuddin’s family paid for the wedding. There has been a public backlash against the couple who secured lucrative deals to have their official wedding photos published in the latest issues of People, British tabloid Hello! and Vanity Fair Italy. George Clooney is reportedly donating all of the money he makes from the photos to support various charities. “Every photo in both magazines will be saving a life,” a source told TMZ about the deals George made with the magazines. People features 25 exclusive photos of the intimate ceremony while Hello shows an additional 20 pictures from the private event.
The October issue of Vogue also features a photo of Amal trying on her wedding dress for a private fitting at Oscar De La Renta’s showroom.
The dress is an exquisite mille-feuille of ivory tulle appliquéd with fourteen yards of Chantilly lace, its bodice hand embroidered with beading and crystals.
Oscar De La Renta also designed a silver and pearl beaded Great Gatsby inspired flapper dress. Amal changed into the dress which is from the Fall 2014 collection at the reception. The ensemble was complete with a pair of silver pumps that De La Renta also provided which were shown at his spring 2015 runway show.
For the biggest day of his life, the groom turned to friend Giorgio Armani to create his wedding tuxedo and four additional suits. “He’s the class acts of class acts,” says Clooney. “He’s been a good friend for many years, and the night wouldn’t be complete without him.” From the Giorgio Armani Made to Measure collection, the custom tux— featuring a label stitched by the designer— features an ultrafine wool-cashmere blend. “George is genuinely charismatic and eclectic,” says the designer. “One minute he is a prankster who enjoys joking around, while the next an authoritative spokesman for philanthropic initiatives. It was a great honor to dress him for his next big role: that of husband.”
The founder of the website ‘Your Barrister Boyfriend’ has been the most vocal about her dislike of the lavish nuptials. Natalia Naish once featured Clooney’s bride as a ‘Barrister Hottie’.
She has written a harsh critique about the wedding as more details emerge in several publications.
‘Seems quite rich, given George’s hatred of tabloids,’ Naish points out. Amal has taken to her newfound fame like a duck to water, radiating “in love” while she struts her stuff in surprisingly short couture dresses apparently, suggesting that female barristers give up their right to wear anything above the knee when they pass the Bar. As the details of their four-day wedding emerge – the caseloads of tequila, the never-ending parade of Amal’s designer dresses, the boatloads of grinning celebrities, and the $13 million (£8 million) price tag – it all begins to seem slightly unseemly and in-your-face, especially for a couple who profess to be extremely private.’
Naish even compares Clooney’s orchestrated event to Kim Kardashian’s wedding to Kanye West in Italy. According to sources, Amal shortened the hemline on her couture wedding weekend dresses from Oscar De La Renta, Alexander McQueen and Giambattista Valli.
‘Even though George and Amal careened around Venice in speedboats, posed up a storm for the paparazzi like modern-day royalty and sold their wedding photos to glossy magazines, they received none of the tut-tutting that was directed at Kim Kardashian.’ Naish wrote in Legal Cheek. “Why? Because Kim Kardashian is perceived as vacant and shameless while George is supposedly a sophisticated humanitarian.” Clooney’s reputation, she claims, is founded upon the fact that he “is good at playing twinkly silver foxes in action films, that he holidays in Lake Como and that he supports various charitable causes”.
“This alone has enabled him to shed his reputation as a hot college dropout from the Midwest and assume a more dignified and statesmanlike mantel,” she continued. “Until he has proven himself as a towering intellect, let us see him for what he is: someone who has benefited from the arbitrary rewards of Hollywood and chosen to splash out on a very flashy and self-aggrandising wedding,” Naish concludes. “Please spare us all the do-gooding talk.”
The mother of the bride, Baria, spoke about her experience at the wedding.
‘George and Amal radiated love all night. The wedding was so unbelievably special. It was legendary!’
[via PEOPLE, DailyMail, Independent]