Journalists, celebrities and enough political bigwigs to put on an inaugural ball are converging on the quaint town of Rhinebeck, New York, this weekend for the wedding of former first daughter Chelsea Clinton, 30, and investment banker Marc Mezvinsky, 32.
The mother and father of the bride, former President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton,¬†won't need to worry about media helicoptors drowning out the "I do's."¬†The airspace over the venue is restricted.
The posh venue, Astor Courts, was commissioned by millionaire financier John Jacob Astor IV, who died aboard the Titanic, according to the venue's website.
Despite the bouquet of details that CNN has gathered about the festivities, a number of questions remain mere hours from the start of the ceremony. Will the bride wear Vera Wang (as her recent shopping habits slyly hinted), Oscar de la Renta or a Bridal Mart rental? Will Bill break out the sax? And what exactly is "country chic" (the dress code offered for Friday evening's rehearsal dinner)?
But here is what others are saying about Chelsea Clinton's (and Bill and Hillary's) big day:
-¬† Chelsea Clinton's future father-in-law says the bride and groom are "two wonderful human beings." Ed Mezvinsky, 73, a former U.S. congressman, was spotted getting a haircut in Rhinebeck.
- Bill Clinton arrives in Rhinebeck and causes pandemonium. When asked by a reporter if he was excited, Clinton said, "You bet." The follow-up question: "Is your daughter going to look beautiful?" To which Clinton said: "She looks beautiful every day to me."
- Some large events have portable toilets, some have whole portable bathrooms. At a reported cost of $15,000, the latrines will have porcelain toilets, hot running water and audio speakers that play music.
- To make amends for causing a town ruckus, the family is giving wine to the locals. The Clintons sent nearby residents "Dear neighbor" letters attached to a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc. "It‚Äôs very sweet," a neighbor told the New York Post.
- Another couple has some special plans of their own on Saturday in¬† Rhinebeck. ‚ÄúI know she‚Äôs not doing it on purpose,‚ÄĚ Emn Haddad-Friedman, a Brooklyn teacher said. ‚ÄúBut Chelsea Clinton has taken what was supposed to be a special day for me turned it into hell.‚ÄĚ