Bill’s R37,5-m wedding bill

By admin
06 August 2010

It seems only yesterday she was an ugly duckling with a mass of red curls and braces on her teeth. Now it’s her wedding day, she’s dressed in white and beautiful as a swan. It’s enough to move any father to tears – and Bill Clinton is no exception.

Like any proud dad’s his eyes fill with tears as he watches daughter Chelsea – looking stunning in a sleeveless Vera Wang creation – say her vows.

His only child’s glitzy wedding beside the Hudson River in New York state was a bittersweet occasion for the former American president. His reputation as a womaniser is by no means forgotten. But ultimately the dirty laundry was forgotten and Chelsea (30) and banker Marc Mezvinsky (32) were allowed to shine on their big day.

And Chelsea giggled occasionally, especially when Marc crushed a glass underfoot as required by the Jewish tradition in which he was raised. Then the Clintons and Marc’s parents, Edward and ex-wife Marjorie Margolies, were lifted in chairs above the guests dancing the Jewish hora.

“It felt like a real family wedding,” a guest said afterwards. “It wasn’t overdone or full of celebrities.”

Who needs celebrity guests when you can walk up the aisle in a silk and tulle Vera Wang wedding gown worth about $25 000 (about R187 000), your mom is swathed in a plum-coloured Oscar de la Renta outfit and you’re paying $1 500 (about R11 250) a head to entertain your guests at the sumptuous reception.

In fact the event for 500 guests cost Bill about $5 million (about R37,5 million). No wonder he looked so moved.

Music at the reception, held in a marquee on the estate, was provided by the 18-piece Jim Valli Orchestra and Bill danced with his newlywed daughter to Fred Astaire’s The Way You Look Tonight.

In proposing a toast he said, “Ever since my daughter was old enough to formulate a thought I’ve been in a two-to-one minority in this household. Now with a son-in-law the playing field is more level. I’ve got someone on my side.”

The couple left for a two-week honeymoon in Rome. They’ll probably set up home in Marc’s Fifth Avenue apartment in New York, which he bought in February 2008 for $4 million (about R30 million). Both he and Chelsea are fund managers on Wall Street.

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