Michael Gove and Sir Michael Caine will be among the guests but David Cameron and George Osborne will be conspicuous by their absence at the wedding event of the year for the British media and political elite.
Rupert Murdoch, 84, will exchange vows with Jerry Hall, 59, on Saturday in a ceremony at St Bride’s church, just off Fleet Street in central London. It will come a day after the two were formally wed at a low key civil ceremony in a registry office.
The BBC executive Alan Yentob, a longstanding friend of Hall’s, is a confirmed guest, and there is speculation that there will be a place on a top pew for Murdoch loyalist Boris Johnson. If the MP attends, it will give them an opportunity to discuss their shared interest in Brexit.
The bride, who has been showing off her $4m (£2.8m), 20-carat “marquise cut” diamond engagement ring, is expected to wear a gown by the British fashion designer Vivienne Westwood, a favourite of Hall’s and other celebrities such as Nigella Lawson.
The event in the church will be officiated by Canon Alison Joyce, assisted by Fr Jonathan Morris from New York, who has done some work for Murdoch’s Fox News.
It is Murdoch’s fourth marriage and technically Hall’s first, after her 1992 Bali wedding to Mick Jagger was deemed legally void following an acrimonious high court battle. The couple met last summer and rapidly established a strong chemistry.
About 100 people are expected to attend, including Murdoch’s niece Penny Fowler, who introduced the couple; Rebekah Brooks, recently restored to the job of News UK chief executive, and her husband, Charlie Brooks; plus Robert Thomson, former editor of the Times and now chief executive of News Corporation, and his wife, Ping.
Tony Blair will not be there. The former prime minister was once a close friend of Murdoch’s and is godfather to his daughter Grace, but the two fell out after Blair made a solo visit to see Murdoch’s previous wife, Wendi Deng, at their Californian ranch two years ago.
On Friday Murdoch avoided the topic of marriage and continued to tweet about his favourite current subjects, the schisms in the Republican and Tory parties.
He took a pop at the US statistician Nate Silver, who correctly called the last presidential election, saying he had “not such [a] good prediction record these days”. On Thursday night he took a swipe at the UK government for making “obviously false claims aimed at scaring voters” in the EU referendum debate.