By Phil Mercer
BBC News, Sydney
It's Australia's wedding of the year.
Nicole Kidman will marry country and western star Keith Urban this weekend.
"It's a huge deal for us because it's like Hollywood coming to Australia,"
says gossip columnist Ros Reines.
About 200 guests are expected to attend the service, including actors Naomi Watts, Russell Crowe and Hugh Jackman.
There is talk that Kidman's ex-husband Tom Cruise will also attend, along
with their two adopted children, Isabella and Connor.
"I think Tom will come," says Ms Reines; "Nicole's kids would have to come as well so I think it's natural for Tom to be there."
"I think they make a fantastic couple. I'm so thrilled she didn't marry
Lenny Kravitz because that wouldn't quite have the same glow about it
because he's not Australian," she adds.
Neither - strictly speaking - is Keith Urban. The country crooner was born
in New Zealand but grew up across the Tasman.
Actress Kidman's every move has been tracked by the press
Like many talented Kiwi exports, Urban is claimed as one of its own by Australia (as were Russell Crowe, along with former Crowded House stars Neil and Tim Finn).
Details of his wedding to Kidman are a closely guarded secret. It is
reported that guests will be told the specifics at the last-minute to keep
the ceremony as hush-hush as possible.
Workers at a gothic-style Catholic church overlooking the Pacific Ocean in the Sydney suburb of Manly are busy preparing for a big event.
"We're building a pavilion," a worker told an Australian newspaper.
When asked what it was for he replied "dunno" and smiled.
There is also speculation that the ceremony could take place in Fiji. That
appears to be a remote possibility but the guessing game continues.
A celebrity get-together just would not be the same without the stars trying
to give the media the run-around.
A posse of photographers and news crews have besieged Nicole Kidman's
harbourside home in Sydney since she arrived home on Monday.
There is speculation that Kidman's ex-husband Tom Cruise will attend
"This is one of the largest events we've seen here for a long, long time,"
says veteran snapper Peter Carrette.
The Kidman-Urban wedding could be worth a fortune to the paparazzi.
"If you had a picture of the two of them doing the 'now you may kiss the
bride' bit, I think you could get a £1.5m for it around
the world," says Mr Carrette.
The press has tried its best to stay on the right side of Kidman - the two sides have clashed in the past.
Last year the Oscar-winning actress won a restraining order against two paparazzi photographers after a bugging device was found outside her Sydney home.
But relations appear to have improved.
Earlier this week the media sent the Australian film star flowers on her 39th
birthday and sang Happy Birthday to her via an intercom at her mansion.
"We don't know what Kidman - herself an accomplished singer - and her award-winning fiance made of this motley serenade, but later in the day they sent a case of beer to the waiting press with a note that read: "Enjoy! Nicole and Keith," says Mr Carette.
As the wedding approaches photographers like Peter Carrette believe
that the couple should give their fans a glimpse of their happy day.
"This is a fairytale wedding. It's a wonderful thing for Australia," he says.
"But it's un-Australian of them not to come out and pose and say 'g'day'!'"
When the wedding is over the paparazzi will embark on its next mission - the
pursuit of the honeymooners, perhaps to an exclusive hideaway in tropical
"If you had the two of them strolling at sunrise or sunset hand-in-hand down
the beach, I think you'd probably make £2 or £3m," says Mr Carrette.