Royal Wedding Mania: Kate Middleton and Prince William vs. Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky

With Prince William and Kate Middleton’s nuptials this week, we couldn’t help but compare the royal wedding to our own famous newlyweds

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Weddings are always a pop-cultural touchstone. Every summer, movie studios slap together a female-targeted, wedding-related romantic comedy as counter-programming for all the superheroes and robot movies in multiplexes. (Usually, these movies are bad. Real bad.) This year, there are two: Something Borrowed and Bridesmaids. (Bridesmaids might actually have a shot at being funny, too.)

But that’s not enough. It seems each year the culture-at-large has to anoint one real-life wedding as the One to Watch. (And by “watch,” we mean, “can’t avoid because it’s in the news for 16 hours out of every 24-hour cycle.”) The honor normally falls to people that don’t attract much notice outside of their weddings. This year, of course, it’s the royal wedding between Price William and Kate Middleton. Though normally Americans have no interest in royal goings-on, ABC news estimates that 600,000 tourists will travel to England this week for the nuptials.

Last year, we covered Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky’s wedding in Rhinebeck — hands down the wedding of the year. How does theirs compare to the across-the-pond royal extravaganza going down this Friday? (See next page for the breakdown.)

» Read about the Chelsea Clinton-Marc Mezvinsky wedding in Rhinebeck

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Marisa LaScala

Marisa LaScala
Elmsford, NY

Associate Editor Marisa LaScala joined Westchester magazine in 2003, and ever since she's blown every paycheck at the Greenburgh Multiplex. She also staunchly defends Richard Kelly, doesn't mind spoiling the endings of trashy movies you're curious about but don't want to pay to see, wishes the Hold Steady would come back and rock out Westchester, misses Arrested Development more than anyone can imagine, and still watches cartoons and Saturday Night Live. You can find more of her cultural criticism at, where she is a staff writer.



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