Details of Chelsea Clinton's top-secret wedding to investment banker Marc Mezvinsky are emerging. Until today all anyone really knew was it was at the end of July, and process of elimination had all guesses betting on upstate New York.
Good guess! The upstate wedding will be July 31. Residents of Rhinebeck, NY, a small, historical town two hours north of New York City, couldn't keep the secret any longer. One local spilled the location, a Hudson Valley mansion, to the AP but asked for anonymity because he "isn't authorized to divulge the information."
People reports the estate — a mansion high on a bluff with views of the Hudson River and Catskill mountains — was owned by John Jacob Astor IV, inventor of the bicycle break and member of the old-money Astor family, who (unfun fact!) died on the Titanic. Most of the Chelsea wedding secrets are still just that, but find out what else we know below.
- Wedding list: the guest list is capped at 400 people. To keep her parents' many "friends" out, Chelsea must personally know everyone on it. Al Gore won't be attending, though it's unclear whether he wasn't invited or didn't accept. The president and first lady were invited, but their attendance is not confirmed.
- Local residents will work the event: a local caterer is providing the food, and high school and college students have been hired to prepare the mansion's grounds.
- There will be no aerial photos: word is a tent will be erected for the ceremony to keep out paparazzi flying overhead.
- Oscar de la Renta will be there (in dress): Chelsea is expected to walk down the aisle in an Oscar de la Renta wedding dress.
- Bill Clinton won't cry: the former president told CNN last week, "I am going to try not to cry because this isn't about me, it's about her. And if I am crying then it becomes partly about me." He did not, however, rule out tripping.