Now that we’ve survived the extravagance, pomp, and circumstance that is #KimyeWedding, we have a new set of A-list nuptials to obsess over: George Clooney’s.
A month after news broke of his engagement to British lawyer Amal Alamuddin, sources say that Clooney is eyeing the Highclere Castle for their upcoming ceremony, where the award-winning Downton Abbey is filmed. The actor flew in to London this week to visit Alamuddin, and a trip to the (once-troubled) castle was reportedly a part of their agenda.
“George became close friends with Hugh Bonneville, who plays Lord Robert Crawley, when they did Monuments Men together last year, and they really hit it off,” a source told Daily Mail. “He contacted Hugh and asked him to arrange a private tour of the castle. Amal was blown away. 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.”
The estate, fit for a king and the Carnarvon family since 1679, is priced at $25,000 for wedding rentals, with East Lawns, South Lawns, and Ornamental Gardens at the wedding party’s disposal. If Clooney does insist on marrying at the English estate come September, it will be quite the departure from his first, Las Vegas wedding to Talia Balsam in 1989. He may even be game to kompete with Kim and Kanye.
“George loves the idea of marrying at the castle, because it’s a glamorous place he could secure,” the same anonymous source added. “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.”
You know, because we’re game for anyone who can outdo the #worldsmosttalkedaboutcouple.