George Clooney & Amal Alamuddin Got Their Marriage License in the Form of a Royal Proclaimation

Although we're all used to the concept by now, there was a time when George Clooney seemed like he'd never get married. At the very least, he claimed that he wouldn't often enough. The reveal of Clooney's engagement to Amal Alamuddin took us all by surprise, but now theirs is one of the most eagerly anticipated weddings since Kim Kardashian and Kanye West's. The happy couple has taken another huge step forward in the direction of their Italian wedding. According to People, Clooney and Alamuddin have their marriage license secured so now the countdown can truly begin.

The best part of Clooney and Alamuddin's impending wedding is the fact that it's now been announced via official proclamation. Apparently, by the laws of the United Kingdom where Alamuddin is a legal citizen, there is a notice of their intent to wed posted outside of Chelsea Old Town Hall. That's right. In the United Kingdom, when you're planning on getting married, they announce it to everyone in a notice posted outside of the Town Hall. How awesome is that? I assume it's the modern version of having a herald stand among the parapets and shout your intentions to an adoring crowd of your peasants.

The notice further confirms that Clooney and Alamuddin intend to get married in Italy. Although Clooney and Alamuddin still haven't chosen an Italian location, they're reportedly checking out places near his villa in Lake Como, Lombardy, Italy. The couple plan to get married in September, and, according to E! Online, that notice will be posted "for a period of 15 clear days and only then can the authorities which allow your marriage to go ahead, be issued".

The marriage license is good for 12 months unless a change in venue forces you to reapply. The news of their marriage license was first broken by Dlisted when a fan sent in a picture of the public notice, but there's nothing on the notice to indicate exactly how long it's been since it was posted and thus exactly how long Clooney and Alamuddin have to wait before they get the go-ahead from the British government. However, they've done it with plenty of time between now and their upcoming nuptials so I doubt they're too concerned.

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