At some point during the ceremony, there will be a fireworks display along the Hudson River, and the ever-conscientious Clintons have made contingency plans in the event of a power outage. "Apparently, they have an army of electricians and carpenters in case there is a thunderstorm and the lights go out," said Jim Langan, executive editor of the Hudson Valley News. "Electricians have been told to wear tuxedos." Chelsea will be draped in $250,000 worth of jewelry, and—if her recent trip to the Vera Wang boutique in New York City is any indication—will likely don a Vera Wang dress at some point. Hillary is rumored to be wearing Oscar de la Renta, a favorite of hers who she's worn to dozens of public events and fancier affairs like inaugural balls. Bryan Rafanelli, the head of Rafanelli Events, is the wedding planner and Laura Pensiero, one of Oprah Winfrey's favorite chefs, is rumored to be the event's caterer. Post-ceremony, the guests will nosh on a gluten-free vegan cake. And $15,000 is being spent on portable toilets.
After nearly two years of the Obama administration, I certainly have a greater appreciation for the Clintons. This does not mean I am willing to buy the media meme Chelsea's wedding is "the closest thing we have to an American royal wedding." Jenna Bush received no such distinction when she married during her father's term in office and we did have that whole revolution thing a couple hundred years ago. Nevertheless, here's hoping the bride and groom have many happy years together.