At least, that’s what Us Weekly and E! News are telling us.
50 or so guests gathered in Puglia (Italy’s heel) for some pre-wedding drinks last night (October 17th). Andy Samberg and Beverly Mitchell were among the attendees at Cala Masciola beach, where lanterns decorated the setting, according to Us. At around 9:30, a fireworks display went off, and afterwards everyone headed back to an exclusive resort, where the nuptials are reportedly set to take place.
Today, guests were driven from the hotel to a local tourist spot for a lunch with traditional Italian costumed entertainment.
The wedding is allegedly setting Biel and Timberlake back $6.5 million. WTF, right? E! News asked Bridal Bar founder Harmony Walton how the hell one can run up such a tab.
Walton told E! that this is a rather high number, but ”with celebrity destination weddings in places like Italy, there are things that come into play that can jump a wedding budget dramatically.”
What is factored in? Security, hotel rentals (especially if the bride and groom are renting out the entire hotel for guests and footing the bill), renting out area surrounding the wedding venue to keep the paparazzi away. All this adds up.
“Events leading up to a destination wedding tend to be experiential,” Walton explained. “Maybe they’re renting vintage cars for 75 of their closest friends so they can do a car rally up the coast of Italy. If they’re getting helicopter tours for their guests to take tours of the neighboring islands, that’s going to cost.”
I need to find new friends.