The exclusive Rhinebeck, New York nuptials of Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky will take place at the elegant 50-acre Astor Courts estate on Saturday, July 31. Activity was well underway mid-week as evidenced by the aerial shot of the massive estate grounds.
The high profile ‘event of the decade’ will reportedly set back former President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to the tune of nearly $1 million — though many media outlets have estimated the wedding price tag at between $3-5 million. Friends of the couple say, ‘No Way’!
The guest list will be a veritable Who’s Who — but one high profile figure has been excluded from the guest list — President Barack Obama. He told the ladies on The View that he didn’t get an invite…for obvious reasons. The security will be high enough without adding the entourage that accompanies POTUS on a day that is supposed to be all about the bride and groom.
Obama quipped: “You don’t want two presidents at one wedding! All the secret service, guests going through metal detectors, all the gifts being torn apart.”
A network of massive white tents were erected on the grounds of the estate overlooking the Hudson River on Wednesday. The air-conditioned structures will hold 500 guests for the reception that follows the ceremony. Ryder moving trucks were parked outside, with worker-bees unloading large boxes and chairs.
The interior rooms of the estate, where the wedding ceremony will take place, are elegantly chic as seen in photos below.
Mother and daughter were both photographed entering a Vera Wang store on Tuesday afternoon. The bride-to-be had on a floppy hat, presumably to cover up her hair – which appeared to be styled in the elegant up ‘do that will be replicated on her wedding day.
Hillary Clinton was spotted at Oscar de la Renta’s Seventh Avenue showroom earlier in the day, which suggests that the mother of the bride will be sporting wedding attire from another one of the world’s leading fashion designers.
A pre-wedding party on Friday night, hosted by Bill and Hillary, was attended by several high profile people, including former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and real estate developer Steve Bing – see photo gallery.
UPDATE: Following the wedding the family issued a statement: “Today we watched with great pride and overwhelming emotion as Chelsea and Marc wed in a beautiful ceremony at Astor Courts, surrounded by family and their close friends. We could not have asked for a more perfect day.”
More wedding photos and video coverage below: