Celebrity Inside George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin's Wedding Weekend Party Central Matt Damon and John Krasinski are among the A-list wedding guests who have been spotted at the Belmond Hotel Cipriani in Venice By Jeff Nelson Jeff Nelson Instagram Twitter Jeff Nelson is the Senior News Editor, Entertainment at PEOPLE. For nearly a decade, he has worked across the brand's entertainment verticals, reporting on breaking news and writing and editing across platforms, as well as securing A-list cover exclusives, including Barry Manilow's coming out and an at-home interview with Madonna. Jeff has appeared as an expert on Good Morning America, Extra, HLN and SiriusXM, as well as at RuPaul's DragCon as a moderator. He studied magazine journalism at Drake University, graduating with a B.A. in Journalism & Mass Communication. People Editorial Guidelines Published on September 27, 2014 08:50 AM Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: Pierre Teyssot/Splash News Online SEE 26 MORE CLOONEY WEDDING PHOTOS! Subscribe now to People’s digital edition and get 26 BONUS photos from inside the ceremony, the parties and more, starting today – and pick up the new issue on newsstands. To insiders, the famed Belmond Hotel Cipriani in Venice is known as “the Cip” (pronounced “chip”). This weekend, it may as well go by another name: George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin‘s Party Central. A starry group of guests have already been spotted at the luxe resort as the couple’s wedding festivities kick off, including Matt Damon, John Krasinski and more. The bride’s sister, Tala, enjoyed drinks with fellow revelers at the bar Thursday night, and Damon was seen nursing a Bellini with his wife Luciana at the pool. A bar hall was set aside for a welcome celebration on Friday evening, and on Thursday gardeners freshened up the grounds with hundreds of white and pink Cyclamen blooms. The groom has a history with the hotel: He’s been a regular there for years while in town for the Venice Film Festival – and he’s even helped create some of the libations on the hotel’s Gabbiano Bar’s cocktail menu. Located on the island of Giudecca – away from the hustle and bustle of the floating city’s central islands and across the lagoon from the historic Saint Mark’s Square – the Belmond Cipriani was founded by Bellini cocktail inventor Giuseppe Cipriani in 1958. The swank hotel and restaurant chain’s roots actually lie in Venice: The original Cipriani establishment was Harry’s Bar in Venice, opened in 1931, which still sits today as a historical site in Saint Mark’s Square. The prestigious locale exudes Venetian flair: The 15th-century palazzo features local Murano glass and other handmade artifacts, antique furnishings and works from local artisans. George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin Party – Separately – Before Their Wedding When they aren’t tied up with the nuptials, guests are free to indulge in the resort’s many upscale amenities, including the only pool in central Venice. And the hotel even offers private boat tours on the “Shirley” to explore neighboring islands, which are known for their artisanal culture of glassmaking and fishing. • With reporting by PETER MIKELBANK Want more stories like this? Sign up for our newsletter and other special offers: sign me up Thank you for signing up!