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Chelsea Clinton’s Wedding Details DID YOU KNOW…?

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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.


  • Hey, I was all excited because the Clinton rehearsal dinner was held at the Grasmere estate–a place I spent many weekends visiting back in the 1980s & 90s. Back then it was communally owned by several families & my friend’s parents were among the owners. In fact, she got married there & her husband was in my former band, so we jammed at the wedding, under a tent out back on a hot June afternoon. No, it wasn’t a multi-million dollar affair & there was no A/C in the tent, but it was a helluva lot of fun!

    I read that the Clinton rehearsal dinner was in the renovated barn at Grasmere, not in the mansion itself. I remember standing in that barn when it was nothing but a big old barn full of hay. Anyway, it’s a gorgeous property & made me smile to know that the Clintons chose it for their pre-wedding festivities.

  • Robin, thanks for filling us in on the rehearsal dinner venue — what great memories you have of the Grasmere and the old barn. And to think, you were there way before the Clintons discovered it!

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