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Even more Chelsea Clinton wedding details: Presidential moonwalking, the gift bags, the friend's band -- and where'd that crazy Oprah rumor get started?

Bill Clinton, (AP/Barbara Kinney), a bottle of Clinton Vineyards white wine (Stan Honda/AFP/Getty Images), Chelsea Clinton (AP/Barbara Kinney), Tim Blane, (Courtesy of Tim Blane).

Another memorable moment from Chelsea Clinton's wedding: Bill Clinton, on the dance floor Saturday night, making a very proud attempt at the moonwalk.

See? We knew we could cadge a few more details from the guests, once they'd recovered from a three-day weekend of festivities that didn't end until Sunday afternoon, with brunch for all 400 at a restored barn outside of Rhinebeck, N.Y.

And how about those guests? Ever more indication that this truly was Chelsea and Marc Mezvinsky's wedding, not a fundraising opportunity or Renaissance Weekend Redux. The only Cabinet-level guests from the White House years appeared to be Madeleine Albright and John Podesta. Podesta's predecessors as chief of staff, like Mack McLarty and Erskine Bowles, not in evidence. Instead: Many lesser-known staffers who'd spent more time with Chelsea, including two White House butlers. And Chelsea's spinning instructor, manicurist, family doctor. And scads of 30-something friends of the bride and groom.

Out of that category came Friday's rehearsal-dinner entertainment: Tim Blane, a Boston-based singer-songwriter, whose band has a jazzy pop sound. The Potomac native was a Sidwell Friends classmate of the bride's. In an e-mail he told us it was an "absolute joy" and honor to play for his friend -- but sorry, no other details, out of respect for their privacy.

Guests got gift bags that included pretzels, peaches and bottles of wine from the fortuitously named Clinton Vineyards in nearby Clinton Corners, N.Y.

Oh, and so you know, turns out that the jewelry Hillary Clinton wore with her Oscar de la Renta dress -- a pink crystal necklace and earrings -- was custom-made by D.C.'s Ann Hand store.

As a month of speculative frenzy finally quieted, we checked in with Jim Langan, editor of the Hudson Valley News, which had the biggest hit of the news cycle -- but also the biggest miss. The small-town weekly broke the news that this super-secret wedding would happen in Rhinebeck. But it also trumpeted a scoop -- echoed across the mainstream media -- that guests would include Oprah Winfrey, President Obama, Steven Spielberg and Ted Turner. None of it true.

Regarding the first story, Langan said, "We're pretty pleased. ... It certainly raised our visibility." As for the second, he wouldn't say what went so wrong, but "I can think of a couple sources I won't use again."

He added: "There was a palpable disappointment around town when they realized the biggest celebrity was going to be Ted Danson."

Finally, guests had barely cleared out of the wedding reception when the grand estate where it was held -- Astor Courts, the beaux-arts mansion built for John Jacob Astor IV -- was put on the market for $12.million. The headline on the ad in Sunday's New York Post: "Yes, It's for Sale. Home of the Recent Celebrity Wedding."

Read our earlier story about Chelsea Clinton's secret wedding details.

All Chelsea Clinton wedding coverage here.

See an extensive gallery of Chelsea Clinton wedding photos.

By The Reliable Source  |  August 3, 2010; 1:05 AM ET
Categories:  Chelsea Clinton wedding  
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Posted by: eye95 | August 3, 2010 12:43 AM | Report abuse

Wasn't the estate put BACK on the market following the wedding? I recall that it had been for sale prior, and was taken off the market a few months ago with little explanation given.

Posted by: OneSockOn | August 3, 2010 2:05 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: skinfreak | August 3, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

Congratulations to Chelsea & welcome to Michelle to sunny Spain.But in time of ditress-in this economic winter of our discontent- it is no wise & just this showing off of undemocratic glamour.
CesarĀ“s wife ( or daughter) not only should be frugal but show it.

Posted by: justdiogo | August 3, 2010 5:09 PM | Report abuse

justdiogo, Clintons spent their money for a wedding they could afford. Why not? It is a stimulus package for many people (and I only wish they had used more local vendors). I'm more concerned about taxpayers' money for POTUS's vacations, from Bush' to Obama'. (Yes both took more vacation days than Clinton in the same period of time). Should we say Michelle should be frugal not to go to Spain?

Posted by: spspww | August 3, 2010 5:27 PM | Report abuse

They may have had it better if they had held it on the dark side of the moon... without interruption or spying eyes...

Posted by: Wildthing1 | August 3, 2010 6:37 PM | Report abuse

Chelsea Clinton is Bridezilla to the max!

Posted by: lskloven1 | August 3, 2010 7:33 PM | Report abuse

My boss went to the wedding and had a very interesting write up of the event. Strange stuff...

Posted by: jill_kennedy | August 3, 2010 8:05 PM | Report abuse

Ummmm...I've never heard of an afternoon brunch. But I must add that I am completely impressed that Chelsea invited 2 butlers from the White House. That says a lot about who she is.

Posted by: forgetthis | August 4, 2010 9:28 AM | Report abuse

i read recently that in kenya, for instance, a family of 4 gets by on $800 for food in a year. and this wedding cost over $5 million? what? why not spend $100k instead and help thousands of poor people eat. why not just elope? wouldn't that make you feel better? this tendency towards overly-opulent self-aggrandizement is just plain disgusting; a form of degeneracy. and anyway, couldn't they have just had this wedding at goldsacks on wall street? a marriage made in money. i'd rather get married with a ring from a cracker jack box!

Posted by: tazdelaney | August 4, 2010 10:08 AM | Report abuse

Uh, diogo, I was under the impression that this was a Constitutional Republic, ya know, with elected leaders? The Clinton/"Cesar" comparison doesn't hold up, esp. since he's not even in office anymore.

Posted by: rmyurick | August 5, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Daughter of disgraced Presidentimpeached for perjury and obstruction of justice marries son of disgraced congressman convicted of wire and bank fraud still on parole who hasnt paid court ordered restitution and the media says this is a royal wedding? Sounds more like an alliance of crime families.

Posted by: epjp1987 | August 6, 2010 11:29 AM | Report abuse

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