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25 Fun Facts You Didn't Know About Presidential and White House Weddings

From Martha Custis to Chelsea Clinton: a trip down memory lane with the first families.

By Caroline Cunningham Chelsea Clinton, walked down the aisle by Bill Clinton. Photographed by Genevieve de Manio.

1. As a wedding gift to his betrothed, Martha Wayles, Thomas Jefferson ordered a mahogany forte-piano that was to be “worthy the acceptance of a lady for whom I intend it.” [National Women’s History Museum]

2. Caroline Kennedy wore a gown by Carolina Herrera at her wedding to Edwin Schlossberg in 1986. The designer and her husband were said to have attended the ceremony themselves. [New York Times]

3. Though Barack Obama was invited to Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s wedding, he declined to attend. [Washington Post]

4. When Jenna Bush, daughter of George W. Bush and Laura Bush, wed Henry Hager in 2008, she wore a gown by Oscar de la Renta that the designer had picked out for her himself. [Today News]

Richard Nixon with his daughter, Tricia, on her wedding day. Image courtesy Library of Congress.

5. At Richard Nixon’s daughter, Patricia (Tricia) Nixon’s wedding to Edward Finch Cox in 1971, the cake was seven feet tall to feed all the guests--and the 600 journalists in attendance. [Today Weddings]

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Celebrity Weddings

Bridal DIY: Get Kaley Cuoco’s Wedding Makeup (Video)

A behind-the-scenes look at the celebrity bride’s affordable beauty look.

By Irina Grechko

Many celebrities like to guard the specifics of their big day; details are typically hush-hush, and photos are scarce. Which is why we especially dig Kaley Cuoco’s very welcome overshare. The Big Bang Theory star tied the knot with tennis pro Ryan Sweeting on New Year’s Eve, and has since released photos of her pink Vera Wang gown, the insane upside-down chandelier wedding cake, and the whimsical groom’s cake.

But our favorite is this video from Cuoco’s makeup artist Jamie Greenberg. Not only does the cute vid offer a behind-the-scenes look at Cuoco’s wedding preparation, but it also details the exact products she used, which—surprisingly—are totally affordable. Watch the video below for the breakdown of the look.

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Olivia Palermo and Jamie Chung: What Will They Wear? (Photos)

We guess what fashion’s recently engaged It girls could wear down the aisle.

By Irina Grechko

The new year has already been a good one for two fashion darlings, who both got engaged over the holidays. Socialite and former reality television star Olivia Palermo will wed model Johannes Huebl—news they announced with the cutest Instagram video (possibly a new wedding trend?). And actress and fashionista Jamie Chung got engaged to actor/singer Bryan Greenberg after almost two years of dating. Obviously the biggest question on our fashion-obsessed minds is: What will these two stylish ladies wear on their wedding days? We turned to their best red carpet moments to inform our fashion predictions.



Olivia soared at the 2011 British Fashion Awards in this plumed number. We can see her rocking the trend again, but in a sleeveless style, for her big day. We love this flirty shift from Carolina Herrera.

Photograph of Palermo via Featureflash/Shutterstock; dress courtesy of Carolina Herrera.
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Wedding Bells: LeBron James Gets Hitched, Chrissy Teigen Shows Off Her Gown

This week’s celebrity wedding and engagement news.

By Irina Grechko John Legend and Chrissy Teigen. Photography via Rena Schild / Shutterstock.com

John Legend married model Chrissy Teigen on Saturday. The bride used Instagram to show off one of her three Vera Wang wedding dresses. [E! Online]

Another celebrity wedding dress is revealed. What do you think of reality star Holly Madison’s custom-made Greg Barnes gown? [Us Weekly]

The Miami Heat’s LeBron James tied the knot with his high school sweetheart, Savannah Brinson, this weekend. Read on for details of the three-day celebration. [Brides]

You will never guess where Jimmy Fallon got his wedding ring. [Glamour]

Sci-fi fans will love this wedding! Sir Patrick Stewart of Star Trek and X-Men got married to Sunny Ozell. None other than Ian McKellan, also of X-Men, officiated the Lake Tahoe ceremony. [The Knot]

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Wedding Bells: Scarlett Johansson Flashes Her Engagement Ring, Kate Bosworth Gets Married

This week’s celebrity wedding and engagement news.

By Irina Grechko Kate Bosworth and Michael Polish. Photograph via Helga Esteb / Shutterstock.com

Actress Kate Bosworth married writer/director Michael Polish. The bride wore two custom-made dresses by Oscar de la Renta. [Martha Stewart Weddings]

Scarlett Johansson flashed her vintage-inspired, art deco engagement ring. What do you think of the stunner? [Glamour]

Didn’t see this one coming! Actress Zoe Saldana secretly married artist Marco Perego earlier this summer. [People]

Girls Next Door star Holly Madison married Pasquale Rotella. You won’t believe where the ceremony took place. [Us Weekly]

To mark the 60th anniversary of JFK and Jackie’s wedding day, Life offers a lookback at some of Lisa Larsen’s snapshots from the memorable day. [Life]

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Wedding Bells: Beth Ditto Ties the Knot, Rose McGowan Flashes Her Engagement Ring

This week’s celebrity engagement and wedding news.

By Irina Grechko Justin Mikita and Jesse Tyler Ferguson tied the knot last weekend. Photograph via Helga Esteb / Shutterstock.com

Modern Family’s Jesse Tyler Ferguson married boyfriend Justin Mikita last weekend. Check out their adorable cake topper. [Glamour]

Rumor is that Jennifer Aniston married her actor beau, Justin Theroux—and that the wedding happened at a local venue. [The Knot]

Lead singer of Gossip Beth Ditto married her longtime girlfriend, Kristin Ogata, in Hawaii. What do you think of her Jean Paul Gaultier dress? [Huffington Post]

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Wedding Bells: Jimmy Kimmel Ties the Knot, Kelly Osbourne Gets Engaged

This week’s most buzz-worthy engagement and wedding news.

By Irina Grechko Jimmy Kimmel and Molly McNearney tied the knot last Saturday. Photograph via Jaguar PS / Shutterstock.com

Jimmy Kimmel married Molly McNearney, a head writer on his late-night show, with lots of celebrity pals in attendance. Find out why two brides showed up at the ceremony. [Daily Mail]

Kelly Osbourne is engaged to Matthew Mosshart. Read about the romantic proposal. [Hello!]

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Wedding Bells: Celebrity Link List

Consider this your invitation to the week’s most buzzworthy weddings and engagements.

By Irina Grechko Halle Berry and Olivier Martinez are allegedly finally tying the knot this weekend. Photograph via Helga Esteb / Shutterstock.com

Kerry Washington married football player Nnamdi Asomugha. We didn’t even know they were dating. Olivia Pope would be proud. [E! Online]

Happy endings for actress Elisha Cuthbert and hockey star Dion Phaneuf. What do you think of her wedding dress? [People]

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15 Celebrity First-Dance Songs

We rounded up some of our favorite tunes played at the weddings of stars whose marriages are still going strong.

By Irina Grechko Kate Middleton and Prince William on their wedding day. Photograph via Featureflash / Shutterstock.com.

Stumped about what song to select for that perfect first dance on your big day? Take some inspiration from celebrities who’ve tied the knot and—amazingly—are still together. While some, like Beyoncé, chose a song from their own greatest hits repertoire, others opted for tried-and-true classics, as well as more unexpected tunes. Scroll down for 15 of our favorite songs and add them to your wedding playlist.

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