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Chelsea Clinton's wedding a no-fly zone — and other details [poll]

July 29, 2010 |  9:37 am

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Nothing says "romance" like restricting airspace.

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Chelsea Clinton will marry Marc Mezvinsky on Saturday in a wedding ceremony and reception set for Rhinebeck, N.Y., where a no-fly zone has been declared from 3 p.m. EDT until 3:30 a.m. the next day over Astor Courts. (Yes, it was built for those Astors.)

That's just what happens when Dad is former President Bill Clinton, Mom's the current secretary of State, and they insist on inviting a few of their friends from work. Even if the current head honcho isn't on the guest list.

Expect to see the bride wearing Vera Wang, unless you think Hillary Rodham Clinton and her daughter hit the designer's bridal shop for grins on Tuesday; money's on Oscar de la Renta ...

... for the mother of the bride, according to the Washington Post.

The wedding budget has been rumored to be $2 million, $3 million or even $5 million, depending on where you look. Carrie Underwood's half-million-dollar event pales in comparison, as does Jenna Bush's $100,000 shindig. The New York Daily News has a breakdown of how you get in the neighborhood of the middle number. Hint: $10,000 for the cake won't raise an eyebrow once you've read the rest of it.

The 500-person guest list is still a guessing game, but rumors have included Oprah Winfrey, Barbra Streisand, Kate Capshaw and Steven Spielberg, former British Prime Minister John Major, Ted Turner and a number of names from the Clinton White House days. Those rumors also included President Barack Obama, so believe what you will.

And don't forget the groom. He's a Goldman Sachs investment banker originally from Philadelphia and also the child of politician: two-term Rep. Edward Mezvinsky (D-Iowa), who got out of federal prison in 2008, and Emmy Award-winning broadcast journalist Marjorie Margolies-Mezvinsky, who also served two years in the House of Representatives. 

It's also an interfaith marriage: Chelsea was raised Methodist, and Marc grew up in a Jewish household.

— Christie D'Zurilla

Photos: A sign outside Leonardo's Italian Market, top, in Rhinebeck, N.Y., on Wednesday. Astor Courts photographed from the air, while it's still possible to do that. Credits: Stan Honda / AFP / Getty Images, top; Mike Groll / Associated Press, right.

Related dispatch from the Ministry of Gossip:

Chelsea Clinton engaged to boyfriend Marc Mezvinsky -- for real this time

PHOTOS: Preparing for Chelsea Clinton's wedding

PHOTOS: Weddings in the political spotlight

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