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Chelsea Clinton, Marc Mezvinsky wedding details: "Like a family wedding"

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By Roxanne Roberts and Amy Argetsinger
Washington Post Staff Writers
Monday, August 2, 2010; 1:09 PM

Few guests will ever forget the sight at a certain wedding in Rhinebeck, N.Y., on Saturday night: A former president and the current secretary of state beaming as they balanced precariously in chairs hoisted above the dancing crowd.

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Other permanent memories: The bride, Chelsea Clinton, helping the minister remember the next line of verse when the breeze flipped his page over too soon. And then later, trading her silk strapless Vera Wang wedding gown for a slinkier little white number as she took the floor with her bridegroom, Marc Mezvinsky, for a cutely choreographed dance to "At Last."

The wedding party was formidable -- a dozen bridesmaids and nearly as many groomsmen -- and so too was security: Guests needed specially issued ID bracelets to board a bus to the ceremony. A few sharply dressed crashers who tried to blend in with the crowd were quickly rebuffed. The party raged until 4:30 a.m.

Marc and Chelsea, at the altar under their floral chuppah. (Genevieve de Manio via AP)

But otherwise, the wedding of Bill and Hillary Clinton's only child was noteworthy for being, you know, just a really nice wedding. Large? Definitely (about 400 guests). Lavish? Sure (though a longtime family friend scoffed at seven-figure estimates floating through the media). But not over-the-top, and not crammed with celebs.

"It felt like a family wedding," one guest said. "It didn't feel like a big extravaganza."

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