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America’s Princess?

You’d have to be living under a rock to not know that Kim Kardashian recently got married to basketball star Kris Humphries. The “news” was all over Hollywood, and Kim’s questionable fame and A-list wedding has deemed her the title “America’s Princess” by many. Not sure I can hop on board with that one, but it is interesting to see how the wealthy party it up nonetheless. The photos of this extravagant event were released sold to People Magazine while the rights to her video footage were sold exclusively to E! -no shocker there, and yes I will admit, I am anxiously awaiting the special. No shame.

Anyway, as with any wedding, the big question of the day is “what will she wear.” Much like her sister Khloe, Kim chose Vera Wang as her designer for her wedding gown. Vera recently released sketches of her original design options for Kims dress.  (all images from the Vera Wang site here)

The first one is an ivory ballgown with full tulle skirt, basque waist, and hand-pieced Chantilly lace appliqué on bodice and train.

The second is an ivory georgette mermaid gown with hand pieced Chantilly lace appliqué on bodice. Skirt has hand cut organza petals intermixed with Chantilly lace motifs and organza sprig embroidery.

And last but not least, the third dress was an ivory bias-cut crepe back satin gown with V-neck and circle skirt. For comparison sake, here is a picture of Kim in the real dress (well the top half at least, the best I could find on Google):

This ballgown was the dress Kim chose to walk down the aisle for her wedding. The mermaid dress was Kim’s second and was worn during the couples first dance. Even better than Vera’s press release of the original sketches is the recent news that now you too can own Kim’s dress – well at least a replica. Two of the three sketches are being released as part of the Vera Wang White line at David’s Bridal. This is big news for any die hard Kardashian fan out there. What’s even crazier about the buzz around Kardashian, her wedding, and the replica release – is that her David’s Bridal gowns will cost nearly double the replica of Princess Kate’s dress. Still, I will be interested to see what the dresses look like in real life – maybe a trip to David’s might be in order soon. In the meantime, I can’t forget to set the DVR – don’t want to miss a minute of this crazy family’s shenanigans 🙂

If I Had a Million Dollars…

A wedding is certainly a worthy recipient for spending. The Clinton’s would agree. There has been a lot of buzz lately about this weekend’s biggest event – the Clinton- Mezvinsky wedding in Rhinebeck, NY. The multi-demoninational (Marc is Jewish – Chelsea is Christian) ceremony took place at the Astor Mansion with about 500+ guests in attendance. The guests were left in the dark about the exact location until the event arrived – told only to be within driving distance of NYC (according to ABC News that is).

Rumors stated that wedding cost $2-5 million dollars. Just for some perspective, at $2 million, the event cost 100x the national average of American weddings. I’m going to take a stab that the wedding actually cost on the lower end of the estimate, but either way you look at it’s freakin expensive. I was immediately interested in knowing where that money went. None of this is confirmed, but we’ll run with the rumor mill just for the fun of it.

Reception Space: up to $200,000

Catering: Rumored to be catered from three different restaurants – averaging $1500 a plate

Music: Jimmy Vali, $40,000 or so

Florist: Jeff Leatham from Paris (there was a brief TLC show about him about a year ago)

Wedding Dress: Vera Want $15000.

Mother of the bride dress: Oscar de la Renta

Planner: $175,000 (I can’t imagine making that much!)

Invites: Rumored anywhere from $35-50,000

Security: Rumored from $30,000-$200,000. Secret Service was obviously involved – and they also purchased the “no fly zone” above the event area

According to some of the news sources, residents in Rhinebeck who were directly affected by the Wedding (like the ones who lived on the shut down roads) were given wine baskets as appreciation gifts. I can only imagine the delicious wine in those gifts!

Official Details of the wedding are not being released, but I’m sure it was an amazing and wonderful event. Here are some images of what was released:

Source: Huffington Post and ABC News

In my opinion, Chelsea looked amazing. Hillary didn’t look too bad herself (check out pictures of the rehearsal dinner outfit – hello Hillary!).  While your at it… check out Jeff Leathem’s site if you wan’t to drool a bit – I know I do. Though I may never have a chance to work on a wedding even half this scale, it sure is nice to dream.