With one day to go, town braces for Clinton wedding

Fri Jul 30, 2010 6:51pm EDT
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By Jessica Rinaldi

RHINEBECK, New York (Reuters) - With a day to go before Chelsea Clinton's multimillion-dollar wedding, the tiny town of Rhinebeck, 100 miles north of New York City, was bustling with activity on Friday.

Tourists and reporters from all over the world have descended on the picturesque Hudson River Valley village to catch a glimpse of the former first daughter, who is set to marry longtime beau Marc Mezvinsky.

Police were directing traffic on Rhinebeck's normally quiet main street, which was jammed with television trucks.

Some roads will be closed from Saturday afternoon through early Sunday, and airspace over the wedding site will be closed on Saturday to fend off potential paparazzi.

"We expect a significant influx of people into the Rhinebeck area," New York State Police Troop K Commander Maj. Michael Kopy told reporters on Thursday.

State Police were working with the U.S. Secret Service on security for former President Bill Clinton, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and more than 400 expected guests.

The wedding will be held at Astor Courts, a historic 50-acre estate along the Hudson River. Media estimates have put the cost of the nuptials at $3 million to $5 million.

The wedding will feature a vegan menu and a gluten-free cake, to cater to Chelsea Clinton's wheat allergy, NBC television reported. The guest list may include dignitaries and celebrities -- but President Barack Obama and the first lady are not among them.   Continued...

<p>A member of the media interviews Gary and Kelly Kiernan, both of Rhinebeck, as they don Bill and Hillary Clinton masks in Rhinebeck, New York July 30, 2010. REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi</p>