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First came the outdoor "I do" part of the Chelsea Clinton-Marc Mezvinsky wedding weekend at the opulent Astor Courts estate overlooking the Hudson River on Saturday, complete with the groom stomping a glass at the end of the interfaith ceremony.

That was before sundown. Then came a pair of joyous celebrations just steps away: a seated dinner and dancing for some 400 guests inside a structural windowed tent lit by chandeliers, and an after-party that began around 2 a.m. and rocked on until 4:30 in the private mansion's glass-roofed tennis court. The festivities ended with a Sunday brunch of lox, bagels and eggs in the stone barn at a nearby estate -- where Friday night's rehearsal dinner was held.

After weeks of deepest secrecy and wild rumor -- wedding costs ranging from $1 million to $5 million, Oprah and the Obamas as erroneously alleged invitees -- a few tight-lipped guests finally spilled a few innocuous beans. One called the marriage celebration of the daughter and son of a quartet of current or former Democratic politicians "wonderfully warm and loving and real." Another deemed it "just what you want in a family wedding."

chelsea clinton, marc mezvinskyChelsea, 30, who starts work on her PhD at New York University's Wagner School of Public Service this fall, and Marc, 32, a hedge funder at G3 Capital, executed some nicely rehearsed moves for their first dance to the Etta James classic "At Last." It was a fitting song, given that they've known each other for more than half their lives. Chelsea, the only child of former president Bill Clinton and current Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and Marc, one of 11 biological and adopted offspring of former U.S. Reps. Marjorie Margolies-Mezvinsky and her now-ex, Ed Mezvinsky, have been close friends since their teens and became romantically linked five years ago. (Two of Marc's brothers, Andrew "Drew" Mezvinsky and Vu Pham were his best men.)

After the ceremony, conducted by a Methodist minister and a rabbi, the bride traded one Vera Wang silk organza confection for another. She slipped out of her full-skirted white strapless wedding gown for a more dance-able ivory silk tulle Grecian number with a black grosgrain belt and crisscross back. The groom apparently saw no need to change out of his custom-tailored suit created by Burberry designer Christian Bailey, a Brit who told Women's Wear Daily he made it as a favor for the couple, who are good friends. A dozen bridesmaids wore lilac strapless, bias-cut silk chiffon dresses with plum grosgrain ribbons at the waist (take another bow, Ms. Wang).

At the reception, tables were covered with gray-blue cloths and arrangements of pink, blue and lavender hydrangeas and roses, guests said. Although the bride is a vegetarian, folks tucked into locally raised grass-fed beef or grilled fish, risotto and salad.

In one toast, the notoriously emotional father of the bride spoke for himself and his wife of nearly 35 years: "Despite the fact that we have had interesting careers, we still consider the most important job we ever had [is] being the parents of Chelsea," Women's Wear Daily reported.

Dinner ended with a multi-tier wedding cake (gluten-free in deference to the bride's allergies). Then came dancing to the 18-piece Jim Valli orchestra. Chelsea danced with her Dad to "The Way You Look Tonight."

And what Jewish (or semi-Semitic) wedding would be complete without a rousing hora? Two by two, the newlyweds, the Clintons, Margolies-Mezvinsky (wearing a dark blue strappless chiffon gown) and Mezvinsky were hoisted aloft in chairs and danced around the room. (This can be an exuberantly terrifying experience if those doing the heavy lifting aren't completely sober or in sync.)

Around 2 a.m., guests were ushered into the after-bash in the tennis court, whose soaring ceiling and stone walls tend to amplify sound to mosh-pit levels. By 4:30, with sunrise not so far off, the much-ballyhooed extravaganza ended. Then came Sunday brunch, with lots of hugging, mazel tov-ing and occasional yawning before guests returned home.

And on that very same day, Astor Courts -- a Beaux-Arts masterpiece designed in 1902 by Stanford White for American aristocrat John Jacob Astor IV -- was back on the market for a cool $12 million after being temporarily de-listed for the ClintVinsky wedding.

There was nothing subtle about the full-page ad in Sunday's New York Post that trumpeted, "Yes, It's for Sale. Home of the Recent Celebrity Wedding." Calls and e-mails to the estate's owners, Kathleen Hammer and Arthur Seelbinder, and to Heather Croner Real Estate, which put Astor Courts at the top of its listings, were not immediately returned.

And the newlyweds? They're off on a two-week honeymoon to a secret location. At least, it's secret for the moment.
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motgranny

Congradulations To Marc & Chelsa !!!!!

Wonderful parents and Family !!!!!!!!!

I Think Bill & Hillary are the BEST !!!!!!!!!!

I Just Love Bill & Hillary Both !!

Chelsa you looked Beautiful !!!!!!!!!!

August 05 2010 at 8:17 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
capitolb

I used to live in Rhinebeck, a lovely little historic town. I'm sure whatever was spent on this wedding (and the $3m-$5m were rumors, we don't really know) was a welcome addition to the local economy, not to mention all the money spent by the tourists hoping to see celebrities! At least they spent the money in the US and didn't go to Paris or somewhere to have the wedding! Stimulating the economy: priceless.

August 03 2010 at 11:18 PM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply
Brenda

Blooming love.
Nice.
All well wishes.

August 03 2010 at 8:43 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
Carm

By limiting what your readers can say is so un-American. This is a country that thrives on free speech. The Constitution allows me to say whatever I want, about whomever I want, whenever I want. That's one of the perks of being an American.

August 03 2010 at 8:11 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
moinks

Five million for a wedding is insane. The good they might have done with, say, using most for a good deed somewhere and only spent a mil... It's exessive and I'll never again trust anything anyone of them does or says. I really don't trust Bill and Hillary anyway....The Mayor of Los Angeles, gives money away, doesn't follow the rules on watering his lawn, takes payola by way of free seats at games, maybe he will find away to get L.A. to pay for some of it....lol

August 03 2010 at 7:23 PM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply
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xtrees130

moinks -
It is their money and they can spend it any way they wish.

August 04 2010 at 9:39 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Welcome, Joanne!

bEAUTIFUL BRIDE WHOSE TERRIFIC GENES WILL ALWAYS HELP HER IN HER MARRIAGE AND LIFE. GOD BLESS!

August 03 2010 at 2:17 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
danzillo4

400 guests divided by $3,000,000 = $7,500.00 per person....What was on the menu!

August 03 2010 at 1:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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katwhit84

That $3 million wasn't only for the food. It would include things such as the rental of Astor Court, tent rentals, music, flowers, food, dresses, gifts for wedding party members, lodging for some members of the wedding party and certainly for family members most likely, catering staff, clean-up staff, valets, transportation for guests between hotels and the wedding site, etc. etc. And, it's there money to spend for their only child. I think must people spend the most they can afford when their children get married. It's the American way.

August 03 2010 at 5:29 PM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply
Andi

President Clinton has a charitable foundation and gives much to help others. So why begrudge the Secretary of State and a former President from giving their only child the wedding of her dreams. They have been wonderful parents. The Bush's give Jenna a similarly expensive wedding, with full press to show off, and no one cared. And he isn't a self-made man. Bill Clinton grew up in poverty, and gives back to society. I say he made his money himself, and so did Hillary. They have a wonderful daughter, and have shielded her from the criticism that started at the beginning of her Father's presidency. They deserve an award for parents of the year, as they brought up a beautiful, poised, intelligent, kind daughter. Wish the couple a "Mazel Tov" and congratulate everyone for their secrecy. And, by the way, they are willing to let the marginal tax rates to go back to when he was President, and they are willing to pay the tax!

August 03 2010 at 1:18 PM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply
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katwhit84

Obviously not since the article clearly states the two were married by a Methodist minister and a Jewish rabbi.

August 03 2010 at 5:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
xtrees130

andrea -
You stated that Jenna Bush's wedding was similarly expensive - Not correct.
Jenna Bush's wedding cost $100,000.00.
Concerning the amount of money anyone spends - it is not any of our business. It's their money and they can spend it any way they like. This is America - not some European country where socialism dictates "redistribution" of wealth.

August 04 2010 at 9:51 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
ts47

There has to be more important things going on in this country beside the clinton wedding, doesen't there?

August 02 2010 at 11:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Grumpy

Best wishes to the couple - but 1 to 5 million for a wedding? How many hungry could that feed? How many marriages,that began with lavish weddings, end before the bills are all paid? Why not a simpler wedding then a big celebration if it lasts 10 or 20 years ? Maybe I'm just jealous because I don't have that kind of money - lol

August 02 2010 at 9:42 PM Report abuse -10 rate up rate down Reply
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xtrees130

Least we forget - this is America and yes we have capitalism. If you want to share your money with the masses(redistribution of wealth) then move to a socialistic country.

August 04 2010 at 9:54 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

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