Weddings

Here's How Ivanka Trump's And Chelsea Clinton's Weddings Stack Up

The brides both wore Vera Wang.
On the left, bride Ivanka Trump and her groom Jared Kushner. On the right, bride Chelsea Clinton with groom Marc Mezvinsky. 
On the left, bride Ivanka Trump and her groom Jared Kushner. On the right, bride Chelsea Clinton with groom Marc Mezvinsky. 

Their parents’ politics aside, Ivanka Trump and Chelsea Clinton have been friends for years and have quite a bit in common ― including similar taste in weddings.

Trump, a businesswoman and author, married Jared Kushner, a real estate developer, investor and the publisher of the New York Observer, on October 25, 2009. Less than a year later, on July 31, 2010, Clinton, vice chair of her parents’ charity the Clinton Foundation, married hedge fund manager Marc Mezvinsky.

See how their big days stacked up below:

The Dress:

Businesswoman Ivanka Trump looked ever the elegant bride in her Vera Wang wedding gown. 
Businesswoman Ivanka Trump looked ever the elegant bride in her Vera Wang wedding gown. 

Trump donned a custom Vera Wang gown for her nuptials, which she paired with jewelry from her own collection. The dress, inspired by the one Grace Kelly wore to her 1956 wedding, featured sleeves and layers of Chantilly and Lyon lace.

“It’s modest and tasteful,” Wang told The New York Times in 2009, noting that the bride had converted to Orthodox Judaism before the wedding. “She was actually very much about being covered and I seized on the chance to do a dress that wasn’t naked and very Hollywood.”

Clinton's ceremony dress featured a strapless bodice and a voluminous organza ball gown skirt. 
Clinton's ceremony dress featured a strapless bodice and a voluminous organza ball gown skirt. 

Clinton also went with designer Vera Wang for her big day look. She wore not one, but two Vera Wang gowns for the occasion: a strapless silk organza number with a sparkly belt for the ceremony and an ivory silk tulle Grecian-inspired gown with a black belt for the reception.

Wang, who was also a guest at the wedding, said it was a “privilege” to dress the former First Daughter.

The Venue:

Trump and Kushner tied the knot in an Orthodox Jewish ceremony at the private Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey.

The bride's father, former President Bill Clinton, walked her down the aisle at the venue in Rhinebeck, New York.
The bride's father, former President Bill Clinton, walked her down the aisle at the venue in Rhinebeck, New York.

Clinton said her “I dos” in an interfaith ceremony at the private Astor Courts Estate in the sleepy town of Rhinebeck, New York. The bride was raised Methodist, and the groom was raised Jewish.

According to USA Today, the 13,000-foot mansion, which is “supposed to evoke Versailles,” boasts striking views of the Hudson River, and is located on a 50-acre property.

The Guests:

Barbara Walters is one of the notable guests who was in attendance at the Trump-Kushner wedding.
Barbara Walters is one of the notable guests who was in attendance at the Trump-Kushner wedding.

The Trump-Kushner celebration included 500 friends and family including the likes of Natalie Portman, Barbara Walters, Russell Crowe, Rupert Murdoch and Regis Philbin.

Actors Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen were among the famous guests at Clinton's nuptials. Above, a photo of the pair arriving at the Delamater Inn in Rhinebeck, New York on the day of the wedding.
Actors Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen were among the famous guests at Clinton's nuptials. Above, a photo of the pair arriving at the Delamater Inn in Rhinebeck, New York on the day of the wedding.

Roughly 400 people attended the Clinton-Mezvinsky nuptials, according to People; but the affair was less star-studded than many had speculated. Notable guests included former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, Vera Wang and actors Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen (pictured above).

The Rings:

Trump's 5.22-carat sparkler certainly catches the eye. 
Trump's 5.22-carat sparkler certainly catches the eye. 

With help from one of the Ivanka Trump Fine Jewelry designers, Kushner created a 5.22-carat cushion-cut diamond for his bride.

“I love the very delicate setting, and I wanted the band to be as thin as possible,” Trump told Elle.

A peek at Clinton's engagement ring on her wedding day. 
A peek at Clinton's engagement ring on her wedding day. 

Not much is known about Clinton’s engagement ring, but from what we can see of it in the photo above, it sure is pretty! In 2009, Mezvinsky popped the question to his longtime girlfriend over Thanksgiving weekend. Afterwards they sent out an email to their loved ones that read, “We’re sorry for the mass email but we wanted to wish everyone a belated Happy Thanksgiving! We also wanted to share that we are engaged! We didn’t get married this past summer despite the stories to the contrary, but we are looking toward next summer and hope you all will be there to celebrate with us.”

The Cakes:

Celebrated <a href="http://www.sylviaweinstock.com/" target="_blank">cake designer Sylvia Weinstock</a>&nbsp;created the dramatic cake for Trump's wedding.
Celebrated cake designer Sylvia Weinstock created the dramatic cake for Trump's wedding.

Famed cake-maker Sylvia Weinstock designed Trump and Kushner’s 13-layer confection that measured in at nearly 6-feet tall. It contained a variety of flavors such as chocolate, carrot, almond and yellow cake.

“Each layer was ringed with flowers,” Weinstock told People in 2009. “We had lisianthus, roses, peonies, Lilies of the Valley, baby’s breath – all in the coloring of whites, creams, pinks ivory and flush tones.”

Clinton’s nine-tier cake, while still impressive, was shorter than Trump’s at 4-feet tall. Created by La Tulipe Desserts, the gluten-free, 500-pound confection was vanilla-flavored with a dark chocolate mousse filling.

What Their Parents Had To Say:

Ivanka Trump attends the&nbsp;2011 Comedy Central Roast of her father Donald Trump, along with husband Jared Kushner.&nbsp;
Ivanka Trump attends the 2011 Comedy Central Roast of her father Donald Trump, along with husband Jared Kushner. 

“It was a great wedding,” Donald Trump told People in 2009. “I’m very happy. They’re really a beautiful, smart couple. I think you’ll hear a lot of great things from them in the years to come.”

Bride Chelsea Clinton poses with her new husband&nbsp;Marc Mezvinsky and parents Bill and Hillary Clinton.&nbsp;
Bride Chelsea Clinton poses with her new husband Marc Mezvinsky and parents Bill and Hillary Clinton. 

“Today, we watched with great pride and overwhelming emotion as Chelsea and Marc wed in a beautiful ceremony at Astor Courts, surrounded by family and their close friends,” Hillary and Bill Clinton said in a 2010 statement. “We could not have asked for a more perfect day to celebrate the beginning of their life together, and we are so happy to welcome Marc into our family. On behalf of the newlyweds, we want to give special thanks to the people of Rhinebeck for welcoming us and to everyone for their well-wishes on this special day.”

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