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    >> is on to the so-called wedding of the year. in just five days former first daughter chelsea clinton will walk down the aisle. natalie has the details.

    >> when bill and hillary clinton were married they had a small ceremony held in the living room of their home. this is quite a different story for their only child chelsea . by all accounts saturday's wedding will be one of the most lavish, elegant events of the summer. usually the small village of rhinebeck, new york, is peaceful. not this week.

    >> the circus is coming to town.

    >> reporter: this coming saturday, chelsea clinton will marry 32-year-old investment banker marc mezvinsky here, 90 miles north of new york city .

    >> the place is a beehive of trucks, caterers.

    >> reporter: just days ago a huge tent was put up at astor courts, the elegant 50 acre estate where the wedding is expected to be held. it has views of the hudson river and a lot of privacy.

    >> the biggest concern is the crush of media, paparazzi and curious onlookers.

    >> reporter: the 400 guests, many know chelsea and marc, but the entire guest list is top secret . spielberg, strbarbra streisand and oprah are reported to be coming. the rehearsal dinner is expected to take place in the stone barn at the grasmere farm estate. in a tough economy, many americans scaled back on weddings, but it appears the clintons are going all out for their only daughter. from the flowers to the food, it's lavish. that means a hefty price tag.

    >> for a wedding of this caliber with the types of vendors that the clintons have been hiring we expect the wedding to come in at about $2 million.

    >> reporter: the cost includes a band, of course, and the clintons are big music lovers. so what's on the play list ? according to the website tmz, it includes such party staples as diana ross 's "i'm coming out," abba's "dancing queen" and u2's " beautiful day ".

    >> i think chelsea and the family have very good taste fitting a royal wedding for the u.s.

    >> the gifts are already arriving. last week the president of vietnam presented hillary clinton with a mosaic portrait of her and chelsea during their 2000 visit to the country.

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  1. A Chelsea morning

    The only child of former president Bill Clinton and current Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Chelsea Clinton has grown up in the public eye. Here she is with her parents at the age of 1 week on March 5, 1980, when her father was governor of Arkansas. Her name came from the Joni Mitchell song "Chelsea Morning." (Donald R. Broyles / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. Daddy has her vote

    Chelsea was 6 when she joined her father in the voting booth during the Democratic primary in Little Rock, Ark., on May 27, 1986. Then-governor Bill Clinton was being challenged by former Arkansas governor Orval Faubus and W. Dean Goldsby -- unsuccessfully, it turned out. (Danny Johnston / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. A cause for applause

    At age 11, Chelsea Clinton joined her father and mother in applauding her dad's inauguration to a new term as Arkansas governor on Sept. 20, 1991, in Little Rock. (Danny Johnston / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Hand in hand

    Chelsea Clinton holds her father's arm and hand at the end of the Democratic National Convention in New York City, Thursday, July 16, 1992. Bill Clinton would go on to win the White House that November. (Amy Sancetta / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. Day of destiny

    Chelsea, 12 years old, arrives with her father and mother in Little Rock, Ark., on Nov. 3, 1992 -- Election Day. On that day, Bill Clinton defeated incumbent George H.W. Bush for the U.S. presidency. (Tim Clary / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. Hope and a hug

    Chelsea Clinton, just shy of 13, hugs school friend Elizabeth Fleming during the "Faces of Hope" luncheon on Jan. 18, 1993 at the Folger Library in Washington, D.C. (Luke Frazza / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Inauguration Day

    Bill Clinton kisses daughter Chelsea just before being sworn in as 42nd President of the United States on Jan. 20, 1993. (Tim Clary / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. Having a ball

    Just a few days after her father captured the White House, Chelsea Clinton was out on the soccer field on Jan. 28, 1993. (Mike Marucci / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. Super Bowl Sunday

    On Jan. 31, 1993, Chelsea, her father, and her cat, Socks, watched Super Bowl XXVII at the White House. Joining them were Texas governor Ann Richards (left) and New York governor Mario Cuomo (right). (Robert Giroux / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. State of the Union

    First lady Hillary Clinton has a word for her daughter Chelsea during the introduction of President Bill Clinton's State of the Union address on Jan. 23, 1996. (Luke Frazza / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. Yuletide cheer

    In December 1993, Chelsea helped her mom and dad press the button lighting the national Christmas tree. (Luke Frazza / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. Sweet 16

    A 16-year-old Chelsea Clinton sits with friend Marc Mezvinsky while watching a football game on the beach at Hilton Head Island, S.C., in December 1996. Mezvinsky is the son of former Iowa congressman Edward Mezvinsky and former Pennsylvania congresswoman Marjorie Margolies-Mezvinsky -- and Chelsea's fiance in 2009. (Mary Ann Chastain / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. I love a parade

    Chelsea joined her father and mother in the inaugural parade on Jan. 20, 1997 as Bill Clinton began his second term as U.S. president. (Paul J .Richards / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. Budding ballerina

    Chelsea Clinton rehearses with the Washington Ballet in May 1997. She began taking ballet lessons at the Washington School of Ballet in 1993 and was on the board of the School of American Ballet. (Karin Cooper / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  15. Running with president

    Chelsea Clinton joins her father jogging on Martha's Vineyard in August 1997. It was Bill Clinton's first public jog since undergoing surgery on his knee. (Stephen Jaffe / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  16. In Morocco

    In July 1999, Chelsea Clinton joined her parents and Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat in Rabat, Morocco for the funeral of that nation's King Hassan II. (Mustafa Abadan / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  17. At the Taj Mahal

    Chelsea Clinton takes the hand of her father as they walk past the gardens of the Taj Mahal in Agra, India, in March 2000, on a trip that combined matters of state with sightseeing. (J. Scott Applewhite / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  18. Convention crowds

    Chelsea joins her parents in a hug after President Clinton delivered a speech to the Democratic National Convention at the Staples Center in Los Angeles in August 2000. (Scott Nelson / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  19. Dad and daughter

    President Bill Clinton and daughter Chelsea walk from the White House to a waiting helicopter in October 2000. The president was on his way to New York for fund-raising events for his wife, Hillary Rodham Clinton, who was running for a New York Senate seat. (Mario Tama / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  20. Casting her ballot

    Chelsea Clinton exits the voting booth after casting her vote at Douglas Grafflin Elementary School in Chappaqua, New York in November 2000. Later that day, the Clinton family held a rally in downtown New York City later to celebrate the Senate candidacy of first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton. (Stephen Jaffe / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  21. Royal visit

    Chelsea Clinton joins her parents for a visit with Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace in December 2000. The Clintons had tea with the queen as they wrapped up a three-day trip to Ireland, North Ireland and the United Kingdom. (Paul J .Richards / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  22. A senator in the family

    Chelsea Clinton and her father, President Clinton, were on hand as her mother, Hillary Rodham Clinton, was sworn in as a Senator by Vice President Al Gore on Jan. 3, 2001. (Stephen Jaffe / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  23. A graduate on the ball

    Chelsea Clinton plays with friends during her Stanford University graduation on June 17, 2001. (Paul Sakuma / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  24. Tennis, anyone?

    Chelsea Clinton and then-boyfriend Ian Klaus attended the US Open Tennis Tournament at Flushing Meadows, N.Y. in September 2002. Clinton and Klaus dated for three years, but broke up in 2005. (Timothy A. Clary / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  25. Hillary takes center stage

    Chelsea Clinton and her father, now a former president, watch Senator Hillary Clinton at a New York City rally in June 2008, during the senator's unsuccessful run for the Democratic presidential nomination. (Shannon Stapleton / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  26. Meet my mom

    Chelsea Clinton is at the side of her mother, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, after introducing her at the Democratic National Convention in Denver on Aug. 26, 2008. (Stephan Savoia / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  27. Got your nose!

    A baby pinches Chelsea Clinton's nose as she and her father visit a rural healthcare clinic in Rwinkwavu, Rwanda, in August 2008. (Justin Sullivan / Getty Images for The Clinton Fou) Back to slideshow navigation
  28. Madam Secretary

    Chelsea Clinton and her father look on proudly as Hillary Rodham Clinton is sworn in as Secretary of State on Feb. 2, 2009. (Alex Wong / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  29. Wedding bells

    Chelsea Clinton and longtime beau Marc Mezvinsky shop in New York City in April of 2006. The couple got engaged over the 2009 Thanksgiving holidays, according to a spokesman for former president Bill Clinton. The couple will be married in the summer of 2010. (INFGoff.com) Back to slideshow navigation
  30. A vintage occasion

    Chelsea Clinton attends a party for top winery Chateau Haut-Brion, accompanied by her groom-to-be, Marc Mezvinsky. The event was thrown by Prince Robert of Luxembourg to commemorate his great-grandfather’s purchase of the wine estate 75 years ago. (MCMULLAN/PatrickMcMullan.com) Back to slideshow navigation
  31. Wedding day

    Chelsea weds Marc Mezvinsky at the Astor Courts Estate on July 31, 2010 in Rhinebeck, N.Y. The interfaith ceremony was held at the estate built by John Jacob Astor on the Hudson River. (Handout / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
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Explainer: Presidential weddings

  • Image: "All the Presidents' Children" book cover

    White House weddings have come a long way from the modest affair of Maria Monroe, the first child to wed while her father was president. Her private nuptials, over 188 years ago, received very little press — just a 34-word mention in a Washington paper.

    Flash forward 21 presidential weddings later and Jenna Bush’s lavish nuptials at the Bush family’s 1,600-acre ranch was an event covered by nearly every outlet.

    Only nine were actually wed at the White House: Maria Monroe, John Adams, Elizabeth Tyler, Nellie Grant, Alice Roosevelt, Jessie Wilson, Eleanor Roosevelt, Lynda Bird Johnson, and Tricia Nixon — who had her wedding broadcast live.

    In his book "All the Presidents' Children," author and former George H.W. Bush aide Doug Wead expounds on the rich history of White House families.

    For a peek at portraits of the first children and their nuptials, click through our interactive.

  • Jenna Bush

    Image: George W. Bush and daughter Jenna Bush
    Shealah Craighead  /  Shealah Craighead
    Henry Hager, a former intern for Karl Rove, proposed to presidential twin Jenna Bush at Acadia National Park in Maine on August 15, 2007.

    The two met during President Bush’s 2004 presidential campaign, where they bonded over their love of the outdoors — a passion that influenced their wedding style.

    The couple got married May 10, 2008 at an informal, outdoor affair, at the Bush family ranch in Crawford, Texas.

  • Dorothy Bush

    Image: Dorothy Bush
    Bush Library
    The last child of a president to be married while her father was in office was Dorothy Bush, daughter of George Herbert Walker Bush.

    Married for the second time in 1992 to Robert P. Koch, a former aide to House Democratic leader Richard Gephardt, Dorothy was also the only presidential child to have her nuptials at Camp David.

  • Trixia Nixon

    Image: Trixia Nixon
    White House Photo file
    Patricia "Tricia" Nixon, daughter of Richard M. Nixon and his wife, Patricia Ryan Nixon, was married to Harvard law student Edward Finch Cox in the Rose Garden in 1971. According to Life magazine, the bride was escorted down the aisle by her father in a wedding "akin to American royalty."

    In fact, Nixon’s wedding was so extravagant that her father noted that they needed a seven-foot tall cake just to feed everyone, including the 600 journalists!

  • Julie Nixon

    Image: Julie Nixon
    Library of Congress
    Unlike her sister Tricia's large and elaborate White House Wedding, Julie Nixon opted for a small and private 15-minute ceremony with presidential grandson, Dwight David Eisenhower II.

    Julie's wedding was in December, just a few weeks after Nixon had won the presidency.

    Julie and Dwight met met at the 1956 Republican National Convention.

  • The Roosevelts

    Image: First lady Eleanor Roosevelt with her five children.
    First lady Eleanor Roosevelt is pictured with her five children.
    President Franklin Delano Roosevelt would serve as president for more than 12 years, dying in office after winning a record fourth term.

    All of his children would be married while he was in office, and Elliot would be married twice. Eventually, the five Roosevelt children would have 19 marriages between them.

  • Alice Roosevelt

    Image: Alice Roosevelt
    Library of Congress
    In 1906, Alice Roosevelt, the oldest child of Theodore Roosevelt, was married to Republican Congressman Nicholas Longworth in a White House wedding.

    A controversial figure, Alice was a wild and outspoken woman who smoked, partied and held the personal motto: “If you haven't got anything good to say about anybody, come sit next to me.”

  • Jessie Wilson

    Image: Jessie Wilson
    Library of Congress
    Jessie Wilson, left, daughter of Woodrow Wilson, was married in a high profile wedding. The groom was an hour late because the White House guards refused to believe his story and let him in.

    Eleanor "Nellie" Wilson, right, would marry a member of her father's own cabinet, William McAdoo, who in 1924, started as the front runner for the Democrat presidential nomination.

  • Nellie Grant

    Image: Nellie Grant's wedding
    Library of Congress
    In 1874, Nellie Grant, the only daughter of President Ulysses S. Grant, was married to Englishman Algernon Sartoris in the first high profile American wedding.

    Grant, who worshipped his daughter, had his eyes to the floor and wept throughout the ceremony.

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