Monday, August 9th, 2010...10:19 am
Chelsea Clinton’s Wedding Details DID YOU KNOW…?
Details of Chelsea Clinton’s July 31st wedding are finally streaming in. Did you know, for example, that while Chelsea is a vegetarian, short ribs were part of the menu? Now here’s where it gets interesting: according to this article in The New York Times, wedding planners are calling the Clinton/Mezvinsky wedding “understated,” “minimalist” and “un-embellished.” Yet, the affair is rumored to have cost from $3 million and up! The bride wore not one, but two Vera Wang wedding gowns (she changed for the reception into a Grecian-style dress with a crisscross back and a black belt. Why, Chelsea, why?? The bridesmaids, by the way, wore strapless lavender chiffon dresses, each with a plum-colored bow embellishment).
And while it’s true that a simple white runner was rolled out vs. trendier, adorned runners, it’s also true that a massive tent complete with chandeliers, air-conditioning and a 20-piece orchestra was set up on the grounds of the 50-acre Astor Courts estate in Rhinebeck. (You’ve already read about the roomy porcelain porta-potties, right?) Instead of one wedding favor, the couple gave out gift baskets to the 450 guests (450!) stuffed with local treats — a nice idea, albeit, an expensive one. But there’s more: the gluten-free cake, created by La Tulipe Desserts in Mount Kisco, had nine tiers. The event was designed by wedding planner Bryan Rafanelli, who planned last month’s Oheka Castle wedding for Clinton pals, Huma Abedin and Representative Anthony D. Weiner. Rafenelli set up hundreds and hundreds of flowers — lilies, roses, hydrangeas and more — throughout the reception site. No word yet about the after-party, but let’s be real: this was a presidential wedding. The key elements were elegant and refined and there was absolutely nothing minimalist about this event.