So I’m usually not one of those girls that gets all excited and needs to know everything about the latest in Hollywood, but there is something about this past weekend. “Supposedly” on July 31 Chelsea Clinton got married to her fiance Marc Mezvinsky. All of the details of this wedding were kept hush hush and the guests were not told a specific place to go for the event. The press was buzzing about where and when and also who. It has been rumored that Oprah Winfrey and President Obama were going to attend. Give me a break! What I care about in this wedding is the pricetag. Check this out:
Video: $25,000 — For a woman who has grown up in the national spotlight, it’s probably a given that her wedding will also be captured on video. This is not a family that has shied away from the cameras.
Lighting: $75,000 to $100,000 — The perimeter of the estate needs to be illuminated along with each of the estimated 50 tables inside for the guests.
Hair and Makeup: $20,000 — The members of the bridal party need to look their best.
Invitations: $40,000 to $50,000 –“I would guess that they would go with a very nice, classic invitation,” Hanlin said. That means $40,000 to $50,000 for the invitation, menu card, details about security, calligraphy, programs and postage.
Party Planner: $175,000 — Hanlin said she didn’t know how much Rafanelli would charge for this event. Hanlin would charge $75,000 to $125,000 for a normal, upscale wedding. For something like the Clinton wedding, with its massive issues of privacy and security, she said the price would be between $125,000 and $225,000, probably right at the $175,000 mark.
Rehearsal Dinner: $250,000 — Josh Kroner, owner of the local Terrapin Restaurant, is said to be catering the rehearsal dinner at the Grasmere farm estate on the edge of town. Hanlin said it could cost $1,000 a head for each of the 200 guests, and probably another $50,000 for simple flowers and decor.
Security: $30,000 — This is a tricky one. The Secret Service will be providing its normal protection for the Clintons – and yes, you the taxpayers will be covering that – but there might be additional private security needed for the A-list guests. (President Obama, if he comes, will presumably also be bringing his own taxpayer-covered security detail.) Hanlin said private security for a typical celebrity wedding runs about $30,000.
Miscellaneous: $50,000 Add another $10,000 for valet parking, $8,000 to $10,000 for the wedding cake, $5,000 for welcome gifts, another $17,500 for favors at the end of the night and a few extra thousand for those unexpected last-second items that you never thought about.
Are you kidding me?! This is absolutely ridiculous. Her wedding will cost more than I will make in my life and the rehearsal dinner alone is more than double my entire college tuition at a private school. Really? What is this saying about America? Our tax dollars are going to pay for some of the security for the wedding of the daughter of a former President and poverty in our country keeps increasing. Wow is all I can say.