MINIMALIST, white and with a hint of old-world romance is how Nicole Kidman's dress may look when the actress walks down the aisle for the second time.
One source close to the wedding, who claims to have seen the dress, described it as white, with a Victorian-like high collar.
Others say Kidman's choice of wedding dress for the "Kurban" nuptials on Sunday, as the US press has dubbed her wedding to singer Keith Urban, is likely to reflect the elegant simplicity of her most successful red carpet sorties.
LA-based vintage clothing dealer and stylist Cameron Silver, who outfitted Kidman for the New York premiere of Moulin Rouge in 2001, said the world was her oyster in terms of style.
"I can't imagine that she's going to be wearing a traditional Cinderella kind of gown - a full-skirted, over-the-top rococo concoction," Mr Silver said.
Nicolas Ghesquiere, the creative director of the Paris fashion house Balenciaga, has been widely rumoured as the creator of Kidman's wedding dress. Chanel, a haute couture specialist, has been mooted as another possibility, although Chanel Australia denied the company was involved.
L'Wren Scott is a frontrunner in the stylist stakes. The partner of Mick Jagger, Ms Scott is the Hollywood stylist with whom Kidman has worked most closely and she is expected to, at the very least, be a wedding guest.
The wedding is expected to take place at the Cerretti Chapel at St Patrick's in Manly, although the International College of Management, which shares the site, denied yesterday that the white marquee erected earlier in the week was for a wedding. However, Manly police confirmed yesterday that the wedding was taking place in their suburb on Sunday and they were working with Kidman's security.
The wedding has attracted a frenzy of international media scrutiny, with Kidman's every movement pursued by paparazzi and helicopters.
Yesterday morning, Kidman's children Isabella, 13, and Connor, 11, arrived in Sydney, reportedly on a private jet from Tokyo, where their father, Tom Cruise, is promoting his film Mission: Impossible III.
Before 3pm, Kidman went with her children and her mother to the Sydney Children's Hospital in Randwick to visit patients in the oncology, hematology and neurology wards. She met five-year-old accident survivor Sophie Delezio by chance in one of the hospital corridors. After leaving the hospital, the actress was overrun by fans and media.
Kidman's priest, Father Paul Coleman, said yesterday that reports that the 39-year-old had her marriage to Tom Cruise annulled were wrong.
Father Coleman, who has become an oft-quoted source on the wedding, told the Herald there was no annulment because in the eyes of the Catholic Church, Kidman's marriage to Cruise, a Scientologist, was not recognised.
"The Catholic Church sets down requirements to have a valid Catholic marriage. In the case of Nicole's first marriage, those requirements were not fulfilled," said Father Coleman, who will conduct the traditional Catholic ceremony on Sunday afternoon.
"We have our traditional prayers, vows and blessings," Father Coleman said.
"All marriages are valid, it's just that a Catholic marriage has certain requirements. Normally you have a Catholic priest or a celebrant approved by the church, and in the case of Nicole's first marriage, that did not take place."