It was the wedding we had all been waiting for: The most eligible bachelor in Hollywood finally became a married man.
George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin exchanged vows on Saturday in the picturesque location of Venice, Italy, amid a sea of famous faces, but one of the groom’s good friends was glaringly absent from his celebrations. So, why did Ben Affleck miss out on the wedding of the year?
During an interview with ET Canada on Saturday, Affleck revealed he had to work, instead of partying alongside other A-list celebs.
“Yeah. Some people have to work, and everybody else gets to be in Venice,” the Gone Girl actor joked. “But [George] found a great girl and I’m happy for them. I wish them the best.”
While Affleck was busy promoting the upcoming thriller Gone Girl in New York City, New York, over the weekend, Clooney and his beautiful bride were partying it up at the Aman Canal Grande hotel with Affleck’s BFF Matt Damon, Emily Blunt, Bill Murray, Anna Wintour, Cindy Crawford and husband Rande Gerber, and John Krasinski — we bet Affleck is sorry he missed this party!
Affleck also missed out on some really cool party favors! According to Us Weekly, the couple gave each guest a personalized iPod and speakers in their rooms, a framed photo of the happy couple and a note that read, “We’re both so glad you’re here. You’ve come a long way so we’ll make it worth the trip. Thanks for being here. It means the world to us.”
Clooney’s wedding celebrations did not end on Saturday, however, because the couple’s civil ceremony took place on Monday at the 16th-century Palazzo Cavalli adjoining the Venice town hall. According to Us Weekly, Clooney’s friend, former Rome Mayor Walter Veltroni, performed the civil ceremony, which was conducted in accordance with Italy’s laws.
Congratulations to the happy couple!