Professional bachelor George Clooney and fiancé Amal Alamuddin are reportedly getting married in Highclere Castle near London — aka THE Downton Abbey. It's the same castle as depicted on the popular television series about British people and Maggie Smith telling each other secrets and being very dramatic while sitting down.
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"When he saw his bride-to-be's reaction to the spectacular Victorian castle, set on 1,000 acres of parkland, he began making some discrete inquires about having their wedding performed there," a source tells the Daily Mail. "And he was told they would be most happy to accommodate them!"
If you are invited to this September affair, pay close attention to not only where you are seated but also what room. Special diets will be accommodated.
Couples can marry in the Saloon, with the bride descending the sweeping oak staircase featured on the series. That room can hold about 120 guests, but the dining room can accommodate up to 400 people. They will also provide marquees on the grounds where guests can dine, dance and celebrate.
The castle boasts an award-winning chef in Paul Brooke Taylor, who prepares some of the Carnarvon family's favorites, as well as vegetarian and vegan fare. They also specialise in authentic Victorian foods and they offer an extensive wine list.
"George loves the idea of marrying at the castle, because it's a glamorous place he could secure," the same source goes on. "And the same way Kanye West and Kim's wedding guests were given a private tour of The Palace of Versailles, a private tour of not only the castle and grounds, but of the famous Egyptian Antique Exhibition in the Castle cellars could be arranged."
So really, the Clooney-Alamuddin wedding is, as all weddings henceforth will be, about one-upping Kimye's wedding.
Update: Some sources are saying that Clooney and Alamuddin are not getting married at Highclere Castle.
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