George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin Kick Off Wedding Festivities in Venice

George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin in Venice ahead of their wedding (INFdaily.com)
George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin in Venice ahead of their wedding (INFdaily.com)

All aboard the love boat!

George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin's three-day wedding celebration officially kicked off in Venice, Italy, on Friday, and naturally, it is already a star-studded affair.

Clooney's regular water-taxi driver picked up the couple this evening in a boat appropriately titled "Love." The actor's parents, along with Rande Gerber, who is rumored to be the best man, and Cindy Crawford were with the guests of honor. Amal looked effortlessly chic in Dolce & Gabbana for the ride, which took the group on a scenic tour down the Grand Canal and in front of the Cavalli Palace where the couple is expected to be wed in a civil ceremony on Monday.

The AP reports George and Amal waved to well-wishers as they passed under the Rialto Bridge. The wedding party was dropped off at Hotel Cipriani on the island of Giudecca where a dinner is set to take place at around 6:30 p.m. local time. According to People, a bar hall at the famed retreat was set up for the welcome celebration, where guests sipped Champagne and Bellinis while hundreds of white and pink Cyclamen blooms provided gorgeous ambiance.

Rande Gerber, Cindy Crawford, George, and Amal cruise along the canals (Splash News)
Rande Gerber, Cindy Crawford, George, and Amal cruise along the canals (Splash News)

Matt Damon and wife Luciana, Anna Wintour, Gabriel Byrne and Ellen Barkin (who hosted a bridal shower for the bride-to-be), and musician Steve Lukather have been photographed in the City of Water. John Krasinski, Emily Blunt, and Bono have supposedly been spotted as well, while a few outlets say that Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are expected, although that has yet to be confirmed.

[Related: George and Amal's Relationship Timeline]

All 44 rooms and 41 suites at Hotel Cipriani — where Clooney has frequented for 15 years — have exclusively been rented for the weekend.

Matt Damon and his wife head to Hotel Cipriani (Splash News)
Matt Damon and his wife head to Hotel Cipriani (Splash News)

After tonight's rehearsal dinner, E! News reports that Clooney and Alamuddin will have mini bachelor and bachelorette parties. The actor will supposedly stay at Hotel Cipriani with the boys (sipping on Casamigos tequila, we're sure), while Amal is said to be jetting over to the Aman Canal Grande hotel, where she will toast her pending nuptials with her girlfriends.

Then Saturday is the big day. The ceremony is said to be taking place at the Aman, where everyone will arrive at the seven star hotel, built in 1550, by boat. All 24 rooms are fully booked for the weekend.

George will be wearing custom Armani, while it's still TBD who will dress Amal (Oscar de la Renta, Stella McCartney, and Alexander McQueen are rumored to be the contenders). Walter Veltroni, a close Clooney pal who served as mayor of Rome from 2001 to 2008, will officiate.

[Related: Check Out Amal's Amazing Style]

Reportedly, the nuptials will be featured in Vogue (Wintour's attendance certainly fuels those rumors), and not surprisingly, cell phones have also allegedly been banned.

Anna Wintour touches down in Venice (Splash News)
Anna Wintour touches down in Venice (Splash News)

At the reception, guests will feast on a five-course banquet created by Italian chef Riccardo de Pra, famous for his pairing European and Asian cuisines, according to Us Weekly. Then it's back to Hotel Cipriani for late night drinks, fireworks, and the afterparty.

But that's not all! Hey… this is George Clooney — who used to say he wouldn't marry again — after all.

On Sunday, another dinner is planned for the newlyweds… who won't technically be married yet. The civil ceremony is set to take place the following day.

Venice city officials ordered the closure of a walkway fronting the picturesque Grand Canal on Monday to keep crowds away from the actor's wedding to the human rights lawyer, according to the Associated Press. Pedestrian access to walkways accessing the 16th-Century Cavalli Palace will be shut down from 12-2 p.m., citing "the George Clooney wedding" as the reason.

This will be the second marriage for Clooney and Amal’s first.