Chelsea Clinton through the years
July 30th, 2010
10:35 PM ET

Inside Chelsea Clinton's (and Bill and Hillary's) big day

Journalists, celebrities and enough political bigwigs to put on an inaugural ball are converging on the quaint town of Rhinebeck, New York, this weekend for the wedding of former first daughter Chelsea Clinton, 30, and investment banker Marc Mezvinsky, 32.

The mother and father of the bride, former President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, won't need to worry about media helicoptors drowning out the "I do's." The airspace over the venue is restricted.

The posh venue, Astor Courts, was commissioned by millionaire financier John Jacob Astor IV, who died aboard the Titanic, according to the venue's website.

Despite the bouquet of details that CNN has gathered about the festivities, a number of questions remain mere hours from the start of the ceremony. Will the bride wear Vera Wang (as her recent shopping habits slyly hinted), Oscar de la Renta or a Bridal Mart rental? Will Bill break out the sax? And what exactly is "country chic" (the dress code offered for Friday evening's rehearsal dinner)?

But here is what others are saying about Chelsea Clinton's (and Bill and Hillary's) big day:

Chelsea Clinton's future father-in-law says the bride and groom are "two wonderful human beings." Ed Mezvinsky, 73, a former U.S. congressman, was spotted getting a haircut in Rhinebeck.

- Bill Clinton arrives in Rhinebeck and causes pandemonium. When asked by a reporter if he was excited, Clinton said, "You bet." The follow-up question: "Is your daughter going to look beautiful?" To which Clinton said: "She looks beautiful every day to me."

- Some large events have portable toilets, some have whole portable bathrooms. At a reported cost of $15,000, the latrines will have porcelain toilets, hot running water and audio speakers that play music.

- To make amends for causing a town ruckus, the family is giving wine to the locals. The Clintons sent nearby residents "Dear neighbor" letters attached to a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc. "It’s very sweet," a neighbor told the New York Post.

- Another couple has some special plans of their own on Saturday in  Rhinebeck. “I know she’s not doing it on purpose,” Emn Haddad-Friedman, a Brooklyn teacher said. “But Chelsea Clinton has taken what was supposed to be a special day for me turned it into hell.”

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  1. Biz Owner

    As a business owner, I would welcome anyone spending their on EMPLOYING people, no matter what the occasion. Nature of the people and occasion aside, it benefits the working folks when big accounts decide to whoop it up. Besides, any couple, rich or poor, deserves the support and spotlight of those who love them on their special day.

    July 31, 2010 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Miguel Puerto

    Why is it that people in this country worries so much about how much money I spend or the Clinton's spend!!! If they spend $5 or $5mil let them it's them!! Worry about your Life not others!!! Or you "people" think that by spending 10 grand or 10mil is going to affect you !!! Please !!! People all these shows HLN MTV ABC NBC ....... Are brain washing you!!

    July 31, 2010 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  3. HR

    Sure hope those $15,000 port-a-potties don't leak all over the guests – some of that $3,000,000 could help feed a few homeless in this country. Too bad Ol Zipper and Hilary were broke just two short years ago, begging people to pay off her campaign debts, wonder who they have conned into paying for the wedding?

    July 31, 2010 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Becka Scott

    WAKE UP PEOPLE ! The Clinton's are HELPING the economy by giving jobs to those who are catering.....flowers....rentals...flights to and from the wedding.....Hotels/Motels....restaurants....ETC.....not to forget the town they are getting married in and the business they are bringing locally.... PLUS...where is all the media covering the wedding staying.....DUH! They are BOOSTING the economy with their OWN money! Sit back, be quiet and enjoy the nuptials !! Becka

    July 31, 2010 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Debbie Creter

    I was stunned to hear the criticisms regarding how much the Clintons' are estimated to be spending on their daughter's wedding. Former President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton are two dynamic, generous historical figures who work tirelessly to earn their money and can spend it anyway they want. Spending an estimated $2 to $5 million on their daughter is their business. If I had that much money, I would do the same for mine. Remember, many businesses are benefitting from this as well. Congratulations to Chelsea and Marc!

    July 31, 2010 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Shona

    Who cares? It's their money. They earned it. It is no ones business. I would do it for my daughter if I had that kind of money.

    July 31, 2010 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
  7. stephanie98

    someone posted on NY Times article that say what anyone will about it, all weddings merit congrats. Really? In today's world? I 've been thinking just the opposite is true. A wedding is now something to be grieved over, pushed to the back burner, and certainly, by all sane people, discouraged!

    July 31, 2010 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Emmy

    I think it's wonderful that the Clintons spent so much on the wedding because it's a good deed – they are pouring it into the economy! The only way the economy will improve is if people spend.

    August 1, 2010 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Patricia A Lewis

    Is poor broke Shanequa really Mark Williams?

    August 2, 2010 at 8:42 am | Report abuse |
  10. Patricia A Lewis

    Whats up with all these negative people, do something with your life and turn that frown around.

    August 2, 2010 at 8:47 am | Report abuse |
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