George Clooney ensured that his four-day Venetian wedding had the happiest of endings today as his marriage to British barrister Amal Alamuddin was finally made official in a 10-minute, €600 ($760) civil ceremony in the Italian city.
The 53-year-old actor and his new wife arrived at Venice City Hall to complete formalities and sign the wedding register in front of witnesses.
Although Mr Clooney’s spokesman in Los Angeles had declared that the couple had married on Saturday night, to make the union legal under Italian law they were still required to to turn up for a civil ceremony.
They paid the €600 fee charged by the Municipality of Venice to non-Italians who want to wed in the city, and proceedings were conducted in the glitzy Sala degli Stucchi reception room.
The city's council had closed of the streets around the 13th century city hall building, bringing a small part of the area near to the famous Rialto Bridge to a virtual standstill as the newlyweds arrived at the venue in a chauffeur-driven taxi boat flanked by police boats.
The civil ceremony came two days after the Hollywood star and human rights barrister Ms Alamuddin, 36, exchanged vows in a celebrity-packed wedding at the seven-star Aman Hotel.
Source: The Daily Mail