If the bride was trying to avoid attention, the father of the bride, former President Bill Clinton, was not.
He was sighted Friday strolling through and stirring up the once-quiet town. Wearing blue jeans and a black shirt, Clinton smiled, shook hands and even took questions about his future son-in-law.
"I like him very much, I really do. I admire him. I feel very blessed," the former president said. "Hillary thinks the same way. We think he's fabulous."
Of Rhinebeck, he told onlookers that "We love it here. Chelsea loves the area as well."
As the wedding drew near, more and more details leaked out.
The wedding was a lavish, glamorous and expensive affair. The costs are estimated to be anywhere from $2 million to $3 million. Friday night's rehearsal dinner reportedly cost a quarter of a million dollars. It all boils down to more than $6,000 a person.
To put things in perspective, the average American wedding costs $24,000 -- that's how much the Clintons are spending for the video crew alone. Then again, most people don't have to spend $200,000 on security.
Jim Langan, executive editor of the Hudson Valley News, said that on Saturday, the Hudson River is going to be closed for a fireworks display.
The Clintons were bracing for any possible power outages too.
"Apparently, they have an army of electricians and carpenters in case there is a thunderstorm and the lights go out," Langan said. "Electricians have been told to wear tuxedos."
The rehearsal dinner was at the nearby Grasmere Farm Estate, and the couple reportedly asked guests to wear "country chic or cocktail apparel." Afterward the family went to Beekman Arms Hotel, the oldest inn in the country, where Madeleine Albright and Vernon Jordan came to toast the bride and groom before the big day.
Fireworks won't be the only thing shimmering at the wedding. Chelsea was reportedly wearing a Vera Wang dress and $250,000 worth of jewelry. The mother of the bride is rumored to be wearing Oscar de la Renta.
The wedding cake was to be vegan and gluten free. Laura Pensiero, one of Oprah Winfrey's favorite chefs, was reportedly be one of the caterers, for the rumored 500-person guest list.
Bryan Rafanelli, the head of Rafanelli Events and the Clintons' wedding planner, was expected to have some surprises in store.
"Rafanelli will do something really personal," said editor-in-chief of Bride magazine Millie Martini Bratten on "Good Morning America." "He likes to channel what is really special about the couple ... Maybe they'll write their own vows ... They'll be some family moment."
Martini Bratten said she expected that the former president would play the saxophone.
Adding to the elegance, the driveway at the lavish Astor Court Estate, a sprawling mansion built for John Jacob Astor IV where the ceremony will take place, was being widened to accommodate limousines. The portable toilets on site are equipped with hot water and music cost $15,000.
Security is tight in Rhinebeck, where everyone was prepared for an influx of dignitaries and A-list celebrities. Rumored guests include Oprah, Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks and Barbara Streisand, who sang at Bill's inauguration and may serenade the happy couple.
One person left off of the guest list: President Obama. He told "The View" earlier this week that he did not score an invite to the exclusive ceremony.