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IS THERE ANY DOUBT WHO IS RUNNUNG THE COUNTRY?
Rumored details of the wedding of former first daughter Chelsea Clinton to longtime boyfriend Marc Mezvinsky have been leaking out in the press for weeks, from what food will be served to what the bride will wear to what songs guests will dance to. And here, we’ve put them all in one place! (Much of the speculation, we’re sure, will shake out as fact, but the Clinton’s have confirmed few details beyond the date.) Herewith, find POLITICO’s round-up of what we know — and don’t know for sure — about the wedding of President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s daughter.
Date and Location:
One thing we do know for sure: this coming Saturday, July 31, is the big day, because the Clinton’s confirmed that fact on Tuesday. And, though the wedding site has not been announced by the family, pictures have appeared online of large, white tents being set-up on the grounds of the Astor Courts estate in Rhinebeck, N.Y.
The area paper, The Hudson Valley News, has also reported that gifts have been pouring into Rhinebeck, as have many trucks, one carrying large air-conditioning units and generators.
The rehearsal dinner is reportedly taking place at the nearby Grasmere, a 525-acre estate boasting a Federal-period manor house with formal gardens, stucco guest cottages and a large stone barn complex. Another area manse rumored to be serving the family over the weekend will be Glenburn, where the Clintons aresaid to be staying over the weekend. Glenburn is the Rhinebeck home of Eric and Andrea Colombel. Andrea Colombel is the daughter of billionaire financier and longtime Clinton supporter George Soros.
The guest list is suspected to number between 400-500 invitees, many of whom will likely stay at Rhinebeck’s Beekman Arms & Delamater Inn (which boasts a plaque that Bill and Hillary Clinton have eaten there). The Hudson Valley News reported that attendees may include Oprah Winfrey, Barbara Streisand, Steven Spielberg, former Clinton adviser Harold Ickes, former DNC Chairman Terry McAuliffe, media mogul Ted Turner, former British Prime Minister John Major and historian Doris Kearns Goodwin. However, another intrepid reporter called reps for some of these rumored guests and heard that many of them were either not going or had not been invited at all. Some things we do know: President Barack Obama will not be going (press secretary Robert Gibbs said on Monday that Obama had no plans to attend). Also, Vice President Al Gore and his wife, Tipper, will not be attending, either.
No confirmation on this yet, but after weeks of reports that the dress was either a design by Oscar de la Renta or Vera Wang, Chelsea’s visit to Wang’s showroom in New York on Tuesday makes it likely she is going with the latter. Earlier on Tuesday, Secretary Clinton was spotted at Oscar de la Renta’s 7th Avenue showroom, which lends credence to the rumor that she may wearing something by the designer. (He has, after all, dressed HRC both for her swearing into the State Department and for her ’98 Vogue magazine cover appearance).
Three companies are said to be catering the event: Blue Ribbon Restaurants, The St. Regis Hotel and Olivier Cheng Catering. A source familiar with the event told POLITICO that the food will have a heavy New York influence, signifying both Chelsea’s adopted hometown and the state her mother represented while serving as U.S. senator. Think lots of fresh, local vegetables to appease the vegetarian bride — who is also allergic to gluten.
Everything else (in case you care):
Music: TMZ reported this week that they had a copy of the playlist Clinton and her fiancé gave to the live band playing at the wedding. The songs are a mix of oldies and pop hits, including several Michael Jackson songs (“Billie Jean” “The Way You Make Me Feel,” “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough” and “Rock With You”). Also on the playlist: “Wild World” by Cat Stevens, “Sitting on the Dock of the Bay” by Otis Redding, “Think” by Aretha Franklin, U2’s “Beautiful Day,” and ABBA’s “Dancing Queen,” others. One of the newer songs: “I Gotta Feeling” by the Black Eyed Peas. (We’re taking this tidbit with a grain of salt.)
Wedding favor: One element of the welcome package waiting for guests at their hotels will be a bottle of wine from a nearby vineyard called, quite appropriately, “Clinton Vineyards and Winery,” the Wall Street Journal has reported.
Bathrooms: The deluxe portable toilets supposedly rented for the outdoor event cost an estimated $15,000, according to TMZ. (They do look fancy, but …)
Flowers: The Wall Street Journal also reported that floral arrangements will be supplied by Boston-based Winston Flowers and floral designer, Jeff Leatham — who counts the Four Seasons and Madonna as his clients. No word on what the bouquets will consist of.