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Chelsea Wedding To Cost $3 To $5 Million

From a swooning New York Daily News:

Chelsea Clinton’s lavish, star-studded wedding ceremony will cost between $3 million and $5 million

By Joe Dziemianowicz [sic]
Tuesday, July 27th 2010

Chelsea Clinton will wed fiance Marc Mezinsky [sic] in a lavish ceremony estimated to cost at least $3 million dollars. That’s what it takes to get Oprah as a guest.

On Saturday Chelsea Clinton is set to marry her investment-banker boyfriend Marc Mezvinsky at a posh private estate 90 miles north of Manhattan.

Mr. Mezvinskey works for Goldman Sachs. A detail that seems to have escaped the Daily News and the rest of our fatcat hating news media.

The hotly anticipated, highly secretive affair has been called the Wedding of the Decade and of the Century.

Extravagant and notable events like that don’t come cheap.

Experts in all things nuptial ballpark the cost of Bill and Hillary Clinton’s little girl’s big day at anywhere from $3 million to $5 million

"I don’t think we’ve seen a wedding with this much attention since Patricia Nixon," says Donnie Brown, a wedding planner featured in "Whose Wedding Is It Anyway?" on the Style Network.

"This will definitely be the biggest wedding of the year."

At the more conservative cost of $3 million, that’s a half-million behind Liza Minnelli and David Gest and a cool $1 million ahead of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes.

But this is different from your garden-variety superstar wedding, experts concur. This union includes world leaders and, well, Oprah.

"It’s bigger and more important than a celebrity wedding," according to celebrity event planner Diann [sic] Valentine. "It will certainly be the most influential of setting trends. If anything becomes public knowledge it will immediately set a trend."

As such, no expense will be spared.

If you’re crunching the numbers, at a budget of $3 million and with 500 of the former First Family’s nearest and dearests in attendance (that’s the anticipated count), it comes out to $6,000 a head

On the plus side, Bill and Hillary Clinton can afford it. Between 2000 and 2007 they earned a reported $109 million

Depending on the meaning of the word “earned.” Besides, you can bet that very little of the Clintons’ money is actually going to go into this. They always find someone else to pay their way.

And don’t forget the luxe air-conditioned tents where the guests will chow and party down. They’re estimated to cost about $600,000 for this Clintonfest

Why do they need to spend $600,00 for a tent when they are renting a 40,000 square foot, Stanford White designed, Versailles-like pavilion that was built for the Astors?

Security at Saturday’s wedding on the grounds of Astor Courts — a private, French-style mansion on 50 acres overlooking the Hudson — could cost $200,000 because of all the high-level politicians and global celebrities…

"And food and booze are already expensive," she continues, "but the Clintons are reportedly hiring multiple vendors, which is one reason the food estimate gets so high."

Even little details push the price tag up, up, up. Like place settings for the lucky 500. New York caterer Peter Callahan says that at Chelsea and Marc’s wedding they could go can go for $100 apiece…

Brown says they’ve probably spent more than $150 apiece for the invitations. "The aisle runner is probably hand-painted," he says

Again, we would normally say ‘it’s their money, they can do what they want with it.’ But the Clintons have made such careers out of demagoging against the rich, that the irony here is just a little too rich to pass up.

Meanwhile, in all this press attention on the wedding of the millennium, there has been one member of the party who has been conspicuously absent – the father of the groom. And he is almost as ‘colorful’ a figure as William Jefferson Blythe Clinton.

As we previously noted back in December 2006, ABC News reported:

Father of Chelsea’s Boyfriend in Prison for Fraud, Scams

December 08, 2006

Brian Ross and Joseph Rhee Report:

If reports are true that Chelsea Clinton and her boyfriend Marc Mezvinsky are considering marriage, the father of the groom won’t be able to attend the wedding until he is released from prison in November 2008.

Ed Mezvinsky, a former Iowa Congressman, is serving a seven-year sentence for fraud after getting caught up in a series of Nigerian e-mail scams.

Initially, Mezvinsky became the victim of "just about every different kind of African-based scam we’ve ever seen," federal prosecutor Bob Zauzmer told 20/20 for a report to be broadcast this evening.

But then, says Zauzmer, Mezvinsky began to steal from clients and even his own mother-in-law to raise the money to try yet another scheme.

"He was always looking for the home run. He was always trying to find the business deal that would make him as wealthy as all the people in his social circle," said Zauzmer.

After leaving Congress, Mezvinsky moved to Philadelphia’s Main Line suburbs with his wife Marjorie Margolies, a former television reporter, who won a seat in Congress herself

The Mezvinkskys were also close to Bill and Hillary Clinton and were frequent guests at White House state dinners.

Prosecutors say Mezvinsky used his connections to the Clintons and his son’s social relationship with Chelsea to persuade people to give him money to participate in the scams.

Mezvinsky traveled to Nigeria numerous times and ultimately lost more than $3 million as a victim of the scammers.

Prosecutors say Mezvinsky fell particularly hard for what is known as the "black money" scam. Victims are told millions of dollars have been coated with black ink so the money could be smuggled out of Nigeria.

The scammers then offer to sell a special, expensive chemical to remove the black ink so the currency can be used.

Prosecutors say Mezvinsky fell for at least three separate "black money" schemes that he thought would bring him millions

Come to think of it, this might go a long way towards explaining the younger Mezvinsky’s attraction for a Clinton.

He is naturally drawn to scammers.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, July 27th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

8 Responses to “Chelsea Wedding To Cost $3 To $5 Million”

  1. proreason says:

    They probably calculated Rush’s wedding to the penney. And this one will cost more.

    But hey, we need a new princess to rule us anyway. Thunderbutt is becoming a schoolmarm, what with the calorie counting and all.

    The lovely Chelsea, with her teeth and new-found gangster relatives, is certainly a more suitable dominatrix for the country. I wonder, does she think about her subjects as a village, or more as a shanty-town? And my goodness, what if she produces an heir to the throne? Will the creature gnaw its way out of the womb? What if it ever encounters the two mistakes? Thunderbutt juniors meets Thunderthighs junior in the Thunderdome on MSlsd tonight at 8 !!.

  2. U NO HOO says:


    Why don’t the hayseeds just rent a boy or girl scout camp?

  3. Warren says:

    For now, at least, we taxpayers are not footing the bill. But with Bill and Hillary Clinton involved, who knows. They will find some way for us to subsidize the cost.

    • confucius says:

      From WCCO, a local CBS affiliate:

      Resident To Clintons: Pay For Extra Wedding Cops

      July 27, 2010

      RHINEBECK, N.Y. (CBS) ― Wedding bell buzz is kicking into high gear in Rhinebeck, N.Y. and as the town prepares for Chelsea Clinton’s big day more details are emerging about the groom, CBS station WCBS-TV reports. …

      Town officials in the Hudson Valley bracing for Clinton’s wedding this weekend approved spending $2,500 for extra police coverage.

      One resident at the council meeting shouted that the extra expenses should be paid for by the father of the bride.

      Rhinebeck, a town of about 8,000 residents, is just 75 miles from the Chappaqua, N.Y., home the former president and first lady bought before her successful run for the U.S. Senate in 2000. The Clintons have passed through the town a number of times.


      What’s $2,500 admist a multi-million dollar wedding? It’s chump change, I tell you. Chump change.

      Let the chumps pay it.

  4. Papa Louie says:

    “They always find someone else to pay their way.”

    Do you think they could use the BP slush fund to pay for the wedding if they made the claim that the wedding had to be moved away from the Gulf Coast because of the oil spill?

  5. CKP50 says:

    “Why do they need to spend $600,00 for a tent when they are renting a 40,000 square foot, Stanford White designed, Versailles-like pavilion that was built for the Astors?”

    I imagine the owners of this fine palace would like to hang onto their silver.

  6. fallingpianos says:

    Between 2000 and 2007 they [the Clintons] earned a reported $109 million…

    And not a peep from Obama. Apparently, the threshold for having earned (and in the case of the Clintons, the word “earned” is used very broadly) enough money is a sliding scale, directly related to one’s position in the Ruling Class.

  7. canary says:

    Hey now! Why the Clinton’s aren’t paying a penny for those luxury wedding tents compounds.

    Dictator Libyan Moammer Khadafy gave his staked luxurious tent compounds w/gold waterfalls to Hillary after he was kicked out of neighborhood during a UN visit.
    Hillary, provided him with VISAs & tax payers Top Security, & new digs AFTER he gave the Lockerbie bomber a hero’s welcome.
    Don’t forget Hillary & Valeri Jarret accompanied Obama on his Saudi Arabia golden necklace & Cairo visit in their own private plane.

    Daily News Washington Bureau: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton hunting digs for Libyan dictator Moammar Khadafy for UN visit

    BY Richard Sisk Aug 26 2009

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton needs to find Libyan dictator Moammar Khadafy (below) a place to stay

    WASHINGTON – Hillary Clinton likes to remind people, including her husband, that she’s the secretary of state, but her role has now expanded to became the hotel booking agent for screwy Libyan dictator Moammar Khadafy.

    The State Department was desperately trying to avoid an international incident by finding Khadafy a place in the city so he doesn’t put down stakes, literally, by pitching a tent in Englewood, N.J.

    The State Department has the charge of issuing visas to the Libyan delegation, providing security and finding accommodations.

    That last task became more difficult last week when Scotland released Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset al-Megrahi. The terrorist in the 1988 airliner blast that killed 270 people received a hero’s welcome home from Khadafy in Libya, outraging Americans.

    [NOTE: Khadafy’s several ELABORATE TENT COMPOUNDS]

    Khadafy likes to claim Bedouin roots – he has several elaborate tent compounds in Libya – and Libya’s embassy asked about Central Park

    Read more:

    Check out these enormous luxury Raj tents.

    Enormous American luxury tents

    The lucky groom knows Chelsea learned from her mother to stay with him, no matter what he does.

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