The entire town has been sworn to secrecy, but many storefront windows bear signs saying "Congratulations Marc & Chelsea" and similar messages.
"You could make a case that this is the most significant thing to happen in Rhinebeck since Washington's army drove the British out of Rhinebeck back in the 1700s," said Jim Langon, editor of the Hudson Valley News newspaper, who was the first to report that the wedding would take place there.
The parents of the bride, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and President Clinton, were seen arriving at a formal dinner at the Beekman Arms Inn in Rhinebeck on Friday night.
Also attending were former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, presidential adviser Vernon Jordan and numerous young couples presumed to be friends of the bride and groom.
"This is the wedding of the century," wedding planner Tatiana Byron said.
(CNN) – Camera crews caught up with former President Bill Clinton on Friday in Rhinebeck, New York, the site of his daughter's upcoming wedding.
While he mostly kept quiet as he moved through the crowd that had gathered after his arrival, when asked by a reporter if he was excited, Clinton said "you bet"
The follow up question: "Is your daughter going to look beautiful?"
"She looks beautiful every day to me," Clinton said
There are reports of lavish spending on the wedding: seven figures, some reports say even eight figures.
But a longtime Clinton family friend pushes back, telling CNN National Correspondent Jessica Yellin the cost is actually less than $1 million. Regarding the many wedding planners who are guessing at the cost of Chelsea's wedding – this Clinton family friend tells CNN, "Maybe it's because these planners said they couldn't do it for less than 2 to 5 million – that's exactly why they weren't picked as the planner."
Rhinebeck, NY (CNN) - For days, the grass in front of the Beekman Arms Inn in Rhinebeck, New York has looked like the White House North Lawn. The hotel, reportedly hosting many of Chelsea Clinton's wedding guests, is surrounded by reporters, all clamoring for the smallest detail about the closely-guarded affair.
Clinton, 30, is expected to wed investment banker Marc Mezvinsky, 32, in the town on Saturday at Astor Courts, a posh estate built more than a century ago along the Hudson River.
Until tomorrow, visitors will be able to come as close to the mansion as the gated, dirt road entrance to the property (the venue is about a half mile past its gate). On Saturday, the road leading to Astor Courts, as well as the air space above it will be blocked. State police will also be patrolling the parts of the Hudson with "high traffic." All in an effort presumably to ensure both security and privacy for Clinton's nuptials.
Sawhorses are currently stacked on River Road, the road leading to the estate, and there has been construction on the road this week.
Washington (CNN) - Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky will exchange vows under a sky free of low-flying air traffic, courtesy of the Federal Aviation Administration.
At the request of the U.S. Secret Service, the FAA is restricting air traffic Saturday evening within 1.5 miles of Rhinebeck, New York, the expected site of the much-anticipated wedding. Air traffic over 2,000 feet - including all commercial flights - will not be interrupted.
The Secret Service requested the flight restrictions for security reasons only, the FAA said. In this instance, the notice says it is for "VIP movements."
(CNN) – Chelsea Clinton's soon-to-be father in law is thrilled about his son's upcoming wedding and tells CBS' Inside Edition that he has repaired his relationship with his family and the Clintons after spending more than four years in jail on several convictions of fraud.
"These are two wonderful human beings that have sensitivity about life and have a warm regard for family, and that's what it's really all about," said former Iowa Rep. Ed Mezvinsky, he father of Chelsea's fiancé, Marc.
Mezvinsky, who prosecutors once called a one-man "crime wave," was convicted in 2003 on multiple counts of fraud that involved several million dollars. Mezvinsky was then imprisoned until the spring of 2008.
"I'm remorseful for what happened," Mezvinsky told Inside Edition. "It was a terrible time, and I was punished for that. And I respect that and accept responsibility for what happened, and now I'm trying to move on and am grateful I have the opportunity for that."
Washington (CNN) - Just days before her wedding, Chelsea Clinton was spotted by Women's Wear Daily outside the Vera Wang showroom in New York City, sporting an enormous straw hat that drooped over her entire head.
Ostensibly meant to shield her from prying eyes, the hat (and the rest of Chelsea) is featured prominently on the WWDEYE Scoop's website, along with a story detailing some other juicy tidbits about the Clintons' pre-wedding festivities.
In the piece, which was posted online Wednesday, Rosemary Feitelberg said that Chelsea Clinton was "asked on the street what she found most challenging about planning a wedding." Feitelberg writes that, "Clinton looked up briefly but remained silent and lowered her head again." Feitelberg also noted that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton attended the Vera Wang event with her daughter, and described the nation's top diplomat as scrolling through her Blackberry "momentarily on the sidewalk while waiting for her handlers to disembark."
Washington (CNN) - White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said Monday President Obama will not attend the wedding of Chelsea Clinton scheduled for this weekend.
The location and invite list have been guarded like state secrets, but when asked at the end of the Monday White House press briefing whether the president would attend, Gibbs said "no." Previously, Gibbs had said he was not aware of plans, but this is the first time he'd directly indicated the president will not be in attendance. No word on whether the president had actually been invited.
Media reports have the wedding taking place at the former estate of John Jacob Astor, Astor Courts in Rhinebeck, New York on Saturday, July 31. Some local media outlets had reported President Obama was to attend the event after the Secret Service was spotted working on security preparations. The 30 year-old Clinton is marrying longtime friend and beau Marc Mezvinsky, 32.
(CNN) – With less than two weeks before 30 year-old Chelsea Clinton's wedding to longtime friend and beau Marc Mezvinsky, 32, on July 31, speculation over the details of the big event has reached a frenzy.
Asked by NBC's Andrea Mitchell on Sunday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton would not disclose even a hint at the guest list saying, "It is hers, and it's a family wedding. The people coming are her friends and people that have been meaningful in her life, as it should be."
Media reports have Clinton and Mezvinsky tying the knot at the former estate of John Jacob Astor, Astor Courts in Rhinebeck, NY. Local businesses have fueled the speculation, with one local florist, Lynn Lobotsky, telling CNN that "about a month ago, they started working around the clock on the stone wall along River Road," the road that leads to Astor Courts. "They even worked on Sunday," she said.
Washington (CNN) – Sec. of State Hillary Clinton said Saturday that she hasn't let her demanding schedule get in the way of what she calls her most important task: wedding planning.
"It's a very happy time for my family," Clinton said during an interview with Polish media. "It [the wedding] truly is the most important thing in my life right now."
Clinton's daughter, Chelsea, is engaged to marry Marc Mezvinsky, the son of former members of Congress Marjorie Margolies-Mezvinsky of Pennsylvania and Ed Mezvinsky of Iowa.
Asked how she balances her professional responsibilities and role as mother of the soon-to-be bride, Clinton said both are tasks are "serious, important and stressful" but that, "[W]e have email now. I can communicate, and people can send me pictures of flower arrangements or other kinds of decisions."