In the world of celebrity, Kim Kardashian's wedding to Kanye West is going to be one of the the biggest events since… her 2011 wedding to Kris Humphries!
The official wedding festivities began Friday evening, when Kim and Kanye welcomed their loved ones at the Palace of Versailles. While palace officials tweeted in February that a wedding at the historic venue wasn't going to happen, the bride, groom, and officials at the Louis XIV estate released a statement this week:
"Kim Kardashian and Kanye West have decided to let their guests discover the Château of Versailles during a private surprise tour on Friday, May 23, the eve of their wedding. In making this choice, they are contributing to a better understanding and maintaining the exceptional heritage of the castle of Versailles, which is classed a World Heritage site UNESCO."
Guests will be treated to a private guided tour, where they'll have access to explore the famed gardens, The Hall of Mirrors, the King's Grand Apartments, and beyond. On Monday, members of the couple's team were spotted on the property, prepping and reviewing security.
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While guests reportedly still don't quite know the how or when, they are expected to be whisked away from Paris — presumably by private plane — to Florence, where the official nuptials are set to take place on Saturday.
A rep for the Florence mayor's office told the Associated Press that Forte di Belvedere, a fort built in the 16th century, will serve as the location for the ceremony featuring a Protestant pastor and a lavish reception. The cost was a cool $410,000, but hey, what's a few bucks for a first (and third) wedding? Workers were seen prepping the venue in the days leading up to the wedding, erecting tents and other structures.
Both Paris and Florence hold special meaning for the couple. They've visited the French capital often, and even Kim's bridal shower was Parisian-themed. Kanye recently revealed that the Italian metropolis might have the edge, though. "I think we conceived our daughter North here, among the masterpieces of the Renaissance," he told the city's La Nazione newspaper. "It was our first honeymoon."
Much like her 2011 wedding to Kris Humphries, expect to see Kim go through several costume changes throughout her big day. While she hasn't yet revealed who the lucky designer(s) will be, all signs point to Balmain, Valentino, Givenchy, or Lanvin (which she wore on the cover of Vogue, as well as to the Met Gala earlier this month). Kim wore a trio of Vera Wang creations for her second wedding, so it's a safe bet she won't wear the beloved designer this time around.
Some other bridal fashion hints can be found in some of the pre-wedding events. Before a family dinner on Wednesday evening, Kim's pal, hairstylist Jen Atkin, shared a collage of Paris pics, which included a shot of her and kim, as well as a Balmain hanger cloaked in pearls.
Jeweler Lorraine Schwartz — along with Kris Jenner's bestie Shelli Azoff — hosted a girls-only dinner at the Hotel Costes, so maybe she'll be providing some of the wedding bling. Also of note: Kim wore Balmain for that meal, which was followed by Kim and several of her closest gal pals visiting some of Paris's most famous landmarks, the Louvre and Trocadéro, before partying at the Eiffel Tower.
The couple, along with family members, spent Friday morning at Valentino Garavani's castle just outside of Paris, where the designer toasted them with a brunch. The bride wore a butterfly-covered metallic frock, so perhaps we'll see the colorful insect incorporated into the wedding's design.
Additionally, Yahoo has confirmed that Jennifer Aniston's longtime hairstylist, Chris McMillan, will be in charge of Kim's tresses for the big day.
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While it's safe to say Kanye will be looking dapper, exactly which designer's garb he'll be wearing is also uncertain. The shortlist for Kim's gown applies to the groom as well.
As for the guests, Michael Costello, a former contestant on Project Runway, offered a clue when he told E! he was creating dresses for some of the guests. "The designs are very romantic silhouettes, and they all have influences of lace," he said. "[They all] wanted lace. I feel like lace is part of the wedding."
A few more things you should know:
—Unlike Kim's last wedding, you won't see this ceremony on Keeping Up With the Kardashians. "You will see everything leading up til and after," Kim tweeted. "As much as we would love to share these memories on camera, we've decided to keep this close to our heart & share thru photos."
—It won't be huge, at least, by Kardashian standards. We already know some of who will be there — Common, Chrissy Teigen, John Legend, LaLa and Carmelo Anthony, Larsa and Scottie Pippen, Blac Chyna, Jonathan Cheban, Joe Francis, Q Tip, Andre Leon Talley, the Gastinau girls, loads of fashion designers, and, of course, the couple's families — and who won't — Brody Jenner, Jay Z, Beyoncé, Anna Wintour, Ryan Seacrest, Ciara and Future (who welcomed a baby this week). But Kim told Seacrest on his radio show in February that "as we go along, we're realizing that we want it to be smaller and more intimate than people are imagining and thinking." So expect a head count of between 100 and 250.
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—It'll still be lavish. This is still Kim Kardashian and Kanye West we're talking about. If the two countries weren't enough opulence for you, Us Weekly has reported that Italian artist Vanessa Beecroft is providing sculpture and installations for the Forte di Belvedere. And by the time Kimye walk down the aisle, 40 people will have spent a week prepping the fort for them, according to Entertainment Tonight.
—Kim's exes won't be there, especially Ray J. According to TMZ, he plans to offer the newlyweds a wedding gift of almost $47,000, which is supposedly four months of profit he received from his infamous sex tape with the bride. Thoughtful, right?
—Don't count out a surprise or two. James Franco revealed on The View that Kanye had contacted him about the possibility of Franco and Seth Rogen performing their spoof of Kimye in the "Bound 2" video on Friday night. If that happens, could it please be televised?
Knowing the Kardashians, fans won't have to wait long for more details; it should only be a matter of hours before they begin posting them to their social media accounts.
[Originally published May 21, 2014; updated May 23, 2014, with new details.]