To friends, Bill Clinton jokingly complained about the cost of his daughter’s wedding, sounding rather like a sitcom dad all year. But the projected expense of the lavish event, estimated at well over $2 million, wasn’t a joke.
As the location Chelsea had chosen Astor Courts, a 1904 Beaux-Arts mansion with a 50-acre estate on the Hudson River in Rhinebeck. That rental alone was over $200,000 for the weekend. The catering for over 400 guests was probably more than three times as much.