Nothing but the best for the future Mr. and Mrs. West! Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are sparing no expense in anticipation of their much-anticipated international wedding weekend, which kicks off this Friday, May 23, in Paris, France. As previously reported, the superstar couple have booked the stately Forte di Belvedere in Florence, Italy, as one of their wedding locations — and preparations at the venue are already well under way.
"This is literally going to be Hollywood movie set level," one source tells Us Weekly of the elaborate staging currently taking place at the Forte. Indeed, crates and trucks have been coming and going since Saturday, May 17, bringing equipment, decorations, tables, and even art installations.
"We are up to our necks with this wedding," a worker from a local company told Us. "The security surrounding this is huge…The organizers let us know day by day what they need."
Florence Council press spokesman Marco Agnoletti, meanwhile, confirmed to Us that the couple would have "no more than 200 guests" at their nuptials, per an agreement with the council based on safety and security concerns at Forte di Belvedere. He also noted that the rental fee for the venue — an estimated 300,000 euros— would be put toward "cultural projects in the city."
Florence is a special place for the bride and groom-to-be, who got engaged on Kardashian's 33rd birthday last year. In an interview with a local paper earlier this month, West, 36, said he thinks their daughter North, 11 months, was conceived there, "among the Renaissance masterpieces."
"I adore Florence," he said of the historical enclave where Da Vinci, Botticelli, and others made their marks. "It is one of the most beautiful cities in the world—for me, the most beautiful in Europe."
In fact, West is so inspired by Florence that he was studying there with fashion designer Ermanno Scervino—whose influence is all over the Kimye wedding. "Ermanno has helped Kanye with a lot of the planning. Kanye is so involved and so excited about the day," an insider tells Us of the rapper. "He has thought about every last detail. Kim will be the luckiest wife in the world. It truly is like a princess fairytale day."