Clinton Wedding Countdown – Tears and Dollars

When Bill and Hillary Clinton married, the ceremony was small in size and was held at home.

For the wedding of their only child Chelsea, their plans call for an extravaganza befitting what many call “American royalty.”

With a price tag rumored to be approximately $2 million, the wedding of the summer will be elegant and poignant.  For when Bill Clinton walks his only daughter down the aisle, the memories of walking her to school and ballet, are sure to be dancing in his head.

Fathers and daughters have a special bond, and Bill and Chelsea enjoy a closeness which takes years of hard work, persistence, and attention.  Those of us with daughters will surely understand the myriad emotions this walk down the aisle will produce.

But by all reports, Chelsea’s fiance Marc Medvinsky has been warmly embraced by the Clintons and will be certain to be under close scrutiny as he takes his place on the Clintons very public world stage.

And as the town of Rhinebeck, New York gears up for the onslaught of guests, media, and the curious, this stately town on the Hudson is being turned inside out in preparation for the Clinton wedding.  Though Rhinebeck is all abuzz about the impending nuptials, lips are sealed.

While word has leaked out about the caterers, florists, and the like, Rhinebeck residents politely refuse to discuss the details of the event, except to say that it will be wonderful if the world’s attention on this upstate New York locale puts the town on folks’ radar.  It’s a wonderful place to live and boasts delightful eating establishments and galleries.

Some wedding guests are expected to stay at the Beekman Arms Inn and the rehearsal dinner is slated for the gorgeous Grassmere stone barn.  A white tent has already been erected on the grounds of Astor Courts in preparation for the event.

According to the The Hudson Valley News which published pictures of the tent Friday, the Clintons will “stay at the nearby estate of Andrea Colombel, the daughter of billionaire George Soros.”

Astor Courts was designed by renowned architect Stanford White for John Jacob Astor IV, an early 20th century titan who died on the Titanic.  Perched high above the Hudson, Astor Courts is elegant and dreamy, a white confection befitting the wedding festivities of a young bride who once called 1600 Pennsylvania Ave her home!

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More:

Chelsea Clinton Wedding Maestro Master of ‘Sophistication and Awe’ Events « BostonKayakGuy John Prescott…http://bit.ly/b0HXlW

In Rhinebeck, N.Y., Sealed Lips about a Clinton Wedding – NYTimes.com http://nyti.ms/c4ihWq

*photo courtesy of Getty Images

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