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    >>> drive near the tiny town of rhinebeck, new york, and you may hear the sound of wedding bells in the distance or maybe the sound of cash registers. and card machines saying, cha-ching. either way you look at it, a wedding priced at $3 million is a day away for chelsea clinton . courtney hazlett is live outside the beone of the most historic hotels in the country.

    >> it is actually going to be the hotel where most of the vip guests are going to be staying because reporters, we didn't find out about this until, really, a week ago. we're all staying far, far out of town for the most part. i spoke to some folks who stayed here last night, they're not going to the wedding but it was amusing to think that their hotel room would be sleeped in by a vip possibly as early as tonight. it's not typical to see a state trooper on every single corner right here. the local merchants are glad for the foot traffic. it's a big deal here and something that everyone is really embracing, which is what i think is so fantastic. no one i encountered said, i can't wait for all of this to be over. really a fantastic opportunity for the town of rhinebeck and they're excited to have this event happen.

    >> an economic gold rush for all those stores there.

    >> give us an estimate of what this wedding is allegedly going to cost.

    >> the estimates for this wedding begin at about $3 million for the total costs . there is talk that it is wildly inflated, but in talking to some folks here who have been privy to some of the wedding planning, they say it's the scale of what's happening that's so expensive. it's not just flowers being brought frin the wedding , flowers from some of the most specialized florists in the world, not exactly a corner store here in town. the tent for the wedding is not what you put up in your backyard. it's a tent that is actually a structure with glass, reportedly. a full air conditioning system, real floors for dancing. so, you can tell, it's extremely detailed planning here and the scale is going to be just phenomenal.

    >> the thing that caught me, they spent 15 grand on real porcelain port-o-potties for the guest. that's what i was reading.

    >> you know, you want your guests to be happy, right?

    >> that will do it for you, absolutely. courtney hazlett, thank you.

    >> if you're wearing a dress that costs $20,000, you kind of don't want to go into any old port-o-potty.

    >> thanks for the latest entertainment news logon to scoop.todayshow.com. learn all about the daily scoop right there.

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Residents Gary Kiernan, right, and Laurie Bathrick, wear Bill and Hillary Clinton masks while walking in downtown Rhinebeck in upstate New York.
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If some of Chelsea Clinton's wedding guests want to make a weekend of it in Rhinebeck, there's a stage production of "The Rocky Horror Show" on the boards Saturday night and Sunday.

They won't even have to pack extra clothes.

"We encourage people to come in costume and interact with the cast," said Babette Fasolino of the Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck. "So if they want to come in their tuxedos, they are perfectly welcome."

There's also a cow-judging event at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds, although formal wear might not be appropriate there.

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"If they come over after a few drinks they might not know what they're stepping in," said Vicki Imperati, spokeswoman for the county fairgrounds in Rhinebeck. "Most of the spectators are the families of the 4-H kids who bring their cows in. But everyone's invited, and it's free!"

Rhinebeck, population 8,000, is a busy place on summer weekends — tourists and day-trippers are attracted to antiques and crafts outlets and Hudson River scenery — and the rumored Clinton wedding isn't shutting things down.

Chelsea Clinton, 30, daughter of former President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, is expected to marry Marc Mezvinsky, 32, at a riverside estate in Rhinebeck on Saturday.

But state police Maj. Michael Kopy said Thursday that the influx of guests, reporters and curiosity seekers wouldn't come close to the crowds at the Dutchess County Fair.

Ballgames, yard sales, community theatricals and church services are proceeding as scheduled, and the roadside vegetable stands will be fully stocked in hopes that guests and gawkers will want to bring home some fresh squash or just-picked yellow daisies.

"Hopefully they'll stop here," said Leslie Lloyd at Lobotsky's Wonderland Farm Market & Nursery. "I think they will. We're on 308 on the way to the Taconic (Parkway)."

The Rev. LeRoy Ness also wouldn't mind if people stopped by his place, the Third Evangelical Lutheran Church, where a 50-child Bible school was in session this week.

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"I won't say I expect a lot of people, because we hope that the folks who come to celebrate this wedding would see that as a religious event," Ness said.

"But some people like to attend a Sunday service and they're welcome here, of course," he added. "I'm sure we'll mention the wedding during our service."

Asked if he thought visitors might swell the weekly collection, the pastor said: "No, I don't expect that. I don't expect any big gifts. But I would accept anyone's charity."

Ness said he had heard nothing official about the wedding or any official warnings about streets being closed for security, but he said, "I will avoid driving on River Road," near the elegant Astor Courts where the two are expected to wed.

Fasolino said she was anticipating wedding traffic and had warned all the parents involved in a children's production of "Cinderella" to allow extra time before Saturday morning's performance.

She said drop-in attendees are welcome and not unusual — "We get a lot of weekenders, out-of-towners from the B and B's around here."

At the Cocoon Theatre, where kids 5 to 15 are doing "A Grimm Tale," the box office recording says: "Yes, we are aware that Chelsea and Marc are getting married the same evening. They planned their happily ever after on our opening night as a symbol of good luck."

Marguerite San Millen, president of the theater, said some of the children had heard President Barack Obama might come to the wedding and wondered if he would stop in to see their show.

"They wanted to know, 'Where would he sit? Should we put his name on an empty seat? What if he can't get in?'" she said.

Alas, the president said Wednesday that he isn't on the guest list.

The Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome is staging air shows Saturday and Sunday with ancient airplanes, including a gossamer-winged "national treasure" that dates to 1909, spokesman Don Fleming said. Patrons can take rides over the Hudson Valley in a 1929 biplane but shouldn't expect a view of the wedding, FAA no-fly zone or not.

"That would be in bad taste," Fleming said.

If the wedding or the Junior Holstein contest or a Sunday church service causes anyone to try some introspection, Rhinebeck also has that covered. At the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies, there are workshops this weekend in "precision yoga," "psychoenergetic science" and "engaging your shadow."

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Photos: Chelsea Clinton’s ‘royal wedding’

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  1. The happy couple

    Marc Mezvinsky and Chelsea Clinton wed at an outdoor ceremony at the Astor Courts estate on Saturday, July 31 in Rhinebeck, N.Y. The wedding took place on a near-perfect summer day of warm temperatures, blue skies and cottony clouds.

    The Clinton-Mezvinsky wedding has been characterized by wedding planners and other observers as a "royal wedding for the U.S." (Handout / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. Father and daughter

    Former President Bill Clinton walks his daughter, Chelsea Clinton, down the aisle. "Today, we watched with great pride and overwhelming emotion as Chelsea and Marc wed in a beautiful ceremony at Astor Courts, surrounded by family and their close friends," he and Hillary Clinton said in a statement after the ceremony. "We could not have asked for a more perfect day to celebrate the beginning of their life together, and we are so happy to welcome Marc into our family." (Genevieve De Manio / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. An interfaith ceremony

    Mark Mezvinsky and Chelsea Clinton made sure their wedding ceremony honored both Jewish and Christian traditions. Mezvinsky is Jewish and Clinton is Methodist. (Genevieve De Manio / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Family portrait

    Former President Bill Clinton, far right, and wife Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, second from left, are pictured with their daughter Chelsea Clinton and Chelsea's new husband, Marc Mezvinsky, far left. The bride wore a gown designed by Vera Wang, and the mother of the bride wore Oscar de la Renta. (Barbara Kinney / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. Husband and wife

    In this handout image provided by Barbara Kinney, Marc Mezvinsky and Chelsea Clinton pose at their July 31 wedding at the Astor Courts estate in Rhinebeck, N.Y. Clinton and Mezvinsky were friends as teenagers in Washington, and both attended Stanford University. They now live in New York, where Mezvinsky works at a Manhattan hedge fund. (Handout / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. All dressed up

    Wedding guests wait for a shuttle ride to Chelsea Clinton's and Marc Mezvinsky's wedding in Rhinebeck, N.Y., on Saturday, July 31. (Mike Groll / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Sneaking a peek

    Spectators try to see wedding guests as they load into a shuttle bus before the wedding of Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky on Saturday, July 31 in Rhinebeck, N.Y. (Bryan Bedder / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. Coming through

    A wedding guest makes her way through the press as she walks toward a shuttle bus on the day of Chelsea Clinton's nuptials in Rhinebeck, N.Y. (Timothy A. Clary / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. Height of fashion

    Fashion designer Vera Wang avoids questions from the media in downtown Rhinebeck, N.Y., on Saturday, July 31. Chelsea Clinton was spotted outside Wang’s New York City bridal shop on Tuesday afternoon -- leading to speculation that Wang was designing her wedding gown, not Oscar de la Renta as expected. (Andrew Gombert / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. Excited onlookers

    People stand outside the Delamater Inn waiting for guests to emerge in Rhinebeck, N.Y., for the wedding of Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky on Saturday, July 31. (Mike Groll / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. Celebrities arrive

    Actor Ted Danson and wife Mary Steenburgen arrive at the Delamater Inn. "I knew [Chelsea] since she was a baby so this is a big moment," said Steenburgen, who wed Danson in 1995. "She's a lovely, lovely girl." (Mike Groll / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. Strolling through Rhinebeck

    Real estate developer and movie producer Steve Bing walks around Rhinebeck the morning of the wedding. (Andrew Gombert / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. Proud parents

    Bill and Hillary Clinton leave a party in honor of Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky on Friday night, July 30, in Rhinebeck. Instead of one of her signature pantsuits, Hillary Clinton wore a flowing, printed caftan. (Mary Altaffer / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. Crowds converge

    People gather outside the Beekman Arms Inn to catch a glimpse of guests arriving for a party in honor of Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky on Friday, July 30, in Rhinebeck. (Mary Altaffer / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  15. Heads of State

    Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeline Albright waves as she leaves a party for Chelsea Clinton in Rhinebeck, N.Y., on Friday, July 30. (Jessica Rinaldi / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  16. Guests' digs

    An American flag is unfurled at the Beekman Arms Inn on July 30, in Rhinebeck, N.Y. Many Chelsea Clinton wedding guests are rumored to be staying there. (Mario Tama / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  17. Father of the bride

    Former President Bill Clinton walks down the streets of Rhinebeck, N.Y., on July 30, 2010, the day before his daughter Chelsea's wedding. (Andrew Gombert / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  18. Well-wishers

    The day before Chelsea Clinton's July 31 wedding to Marc Mezvinsky, children in Rhinebeck, N.Y., wave from a bus decorated with a sign congratulating the bride- and groom-to-be. (Mary Altaffer / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  19. A gala affair

    The town of Rhinebeck, N.Y., has been preparing for the biggest social event of the year. The wedding took place at Astor Courts, a Beaux Arts riverside estate that was sealed off from the general public on the big day. (Bruce Buck / for The New York Times) Back to slideshow navigation
  20. Picture perfect

    The Astor Courts estate is located on the Hudson River near the Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge, about two hours north of New York City. (Bruce Buck / for The New York Times) Back to slideshow navigation
  21. Paparazzi-proof?

    To ensure privacy on the big day, the Federal Aviation Administration issued a temporary no-fly zone for the area around Astor Courts. (Mike Groll / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  22. Gorgeous views

    The former estate of John Jacob Astor IV has breathtaking mountain and river views and is situated about 70 miles away from the Clintons' family home in Chappaqua, N.Y. (Mike Groll / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  23. A town's excitement

    A man walks on East Market Street in Rhinebeck, where a sign hangs congratulating the couple. (Mike Groll / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  24. History and style

    The mansion on the Astor Courts property was designed by American architect Stanford White and completed in 1904. Its original owner, John Jacob Astor IV, died in the sinking of the Titanic in 1912. (Mike Groll / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  25. Home sweet home

    Astor Courts is home to Clinton supporters Kathleen Hammer and Arthur Seelbinder, and was listed for $12 million until it was taken off the market in July. (Bruce Buck / for The New York Times) Back to slideshow navigation
  26. Breathing room

    The main living area of Astor Courts has five bedrooms and more than 15,000 square feet of space. (Bruce Buck / for The New York Times) Back to slideshow navigation
  27. Amenities galore

    The entire estate is 40,000 square feet and boasts herringbone floors, an indoor pool and an indoor clay tennis court. (Bruce Buck / for The New York Times) Back to slideshow navigation
  28. Furry fan

    A mascot from the Hudson Valley Renegades baseball team holds a sign on East Market Street. Locals have been abuzz about the wedding, which reportedly will cost between $2 million and $5 million -- although a longtime Clinton family friend denied that the wedding would cost more than $1 million. (Stan Honda / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
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