24 Hours to Chelsea's Big Day, and We're All Still Guessing

By Tracie Strahan and Jillian Scharr
|  Friday, Jul 30, 2010  |  Updated 12:33 PM EDT
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Chelsea Clinton's wedding is expected to be tomorrow night in Rhinebeck and police are supposed to come out in full force, but even with less than 36 hours before the "I do's," nobody's talking. Of course, that hasn't stopped people from guessing.

"I"m sure she would rather it be low-key, but when you're an ex-president's daughter you have to consider it's part of your territory," a Rhinebeck citizen told NBCNewYork.

And that territory will apparently be restricted -- the FAA has announced that airspace over the Rhinebeck area of the Hudson River will be restricted from Saturday afternoon until early Sunday morning. This, naturally, has added fuel to the still unconfirmed but prevailing rumor that Rhinebeck will host the wedding.

"Rhinebeck has never seen this kind of activity surrounding any type of event," the town's mayor, Jim Reardon, told NBCNewYork.  But he loves the free advertising.  "Madison Avenue would charge us millions for what we're getting for free." 

It's not quite "free," however. The town's police budget has been increased to provide extra security at the wedding, which will come out of residents' taxes, according to published reports.

But after all that, the mayor couldn't even confirm the wedding would happen in his town. 

"I have never been advised or have any confirmation that this is in fact happening, but I think it's pretty obvious that it is.  But if not, a lot of people went through a lot of trouble to put up a smokescreen," said Reardon.

It's estimated that the entire wedding will carry more than a $3 million price tag.  And that's certainly not the only reason they're calling it the "big day." Some of America's biggest stars will probably be there, and residents are ready to scope out a who's who of celebrity wedding guests. 

"Oh man, I'd love to see Bill Clinton," one Rhinebeck resident gushed.  "He's gorgeous."

Celebrities rumored to be in attendance include Oprah, Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg, Barbara Streisand -- all of that and a blushing bride dressed in ... well, that's another thing. Chelsea Clinton's wedding dress is still a mystery as well. 

She was seen visiting a Vera Wang bridal shop on Tuesday afternoon, Women's Wear Daily reportedBut NBCNewYork has heard that Oscar de la Renta was also an option.

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