Will Jay-Z wed Beyonce Friday?


Friday, April 4th 2008, 4:00 AM

Jay-Z IS breaking out the bubbly at his place Friday night for a big

The big question is whether it's to mark his rumored wedding to Beyoncé
Knowles, or his $150 million deal with Live Nation.

"Jay has invited some close friends, including Diddy, to his apartment in
New York," a source told the Daily News. "He hasn't said if it's for his

Celebrity blogger Perez Hilton reported late Wednesday night that the music
power couple planned to tie the knot today in New York City.

Several sources close to the families of Knowles, 26, and Jay-Z, 38, said
they knew nothing about a ceremony. There have been several false marriage
reports going back at least two years.

That hasn't stopped Beyoncé's dad, Mathew Knowles, from stringing along at
least one celebrity weekly with the offer of wedding pics for sale.

"Mathew first started talking about wedding photos on Monday," a magazine
insider told The News. "He said, 'How much are you offering?' There has
been a back-and-forth since then, but he has not revealed the date. He is
definitely talking about there being wedding pictures."

Reps for both stars have stuck with "no comment" - although Beyoncé's PR
agents revised their position after initially calling the report "false."

Celebrity friends of the couple known to be in the city include Kanye West,
Pharrell Williams and Jermaine Dupri, who were spotted together in SoHo
Wednesday night.

Other pals speculated that talk of a wedding was simply the continuation of
an April Fools' joke. On Tuesday, April 1, People.com was tipped the couple
had taken out a marriage license in Scarsdale.

One friend questioned a Star magazine report that said Beyoncé and Jay-Z
rolled up to the Scarsdale town hall Monday in a motorcade of three
Escalades, complete with security.

"He doesn't drive an SUV," the pal said. "He has a Rolls, a Maybach and a
Porsche. And why would he make a big show of it if they're supposedly
trying to keep the marriage secret? It doesn't make sense."

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While I would love to see these two get married, I hope that this is not a pub stunt. They are not the kind of people to chase the media and have kept their relationship pretty low key, so we'll see...