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Guests left guessing over Chelsea's top-secret wedding venue

Robert Winnett in Washington

Published 24/07/2010 | 05:00

The 500 guests invited to Chelsea Clinton's wedding should finally learn its location this weekend, less than a week before the American society event of the summer.

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The only daughter of the former president and current Secretary of State is to get married next weekend. It has been widely reported that the nuptials will take place on an estate in upstate New York.

But speculation is rife that this may be a "decoy" location -- leaked to divert attention from the real venue, which could be in Martha's Vineyard off Cape Cod in New England.

Chelsea, however, is determined to keep her plans secret. Two journalists were arrested for taking photographs at the purported venue this week. The guest list is arousing much intrigue.

Al Gore, mired in a masseuse scandal, is not expected to attend. It is rumoured that Oprah Winfrey, Steven Spielberg, Barbra Streisand and Ted Turner, the CNN boss, have been invited. John Major, the former Conservative British prime minister, has been named as a possible attendee, but not Tony Blair. President Barack Obama was invited but the White House is not expecting him to attend.

The event is expected to cost up to $2m (€1.55m).

Miss Clinton (30) is marrying Marc Mezvinsky, an investment banker and son of two former politicians.

He is Jewish while she is a Methodist, but it is not known whether either will convert or whether it will be a multi-faith ceremony. Leaks have suggested that the wedding will be at Astor Courts, near Rhinebeck, an estate owned by a Clinton donor. But local police have said they have not heard from the Clintons or their representatives.

The mother of the bride, Hillary Clinton, has spent the past week in Asia.

She has refused to answer questions about the wedding but did admit that it had turned her husband into a nervous wreck.

"You should assume that if he makes it down the aisle in one piece it's going to be a major accomplishment," Mrs Clinton said of her husband, Bill, adding that they were both "going to be emotional". (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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