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When planning a wedding, as I am, you learn very quickly how much people love to give unsolicited advice. Some of it can be useful, like when a friend-of-a-friend told me to decide on flowers before setting a date so that I wouldn't spend a small fortune on securing out-of-season stems. And, naturally, some of it can be bad. Like when my mom told me that I should get my teeth whitened before the big day. Thanks, Mom.
Of course, I can only imagine what kind of advice Chelsea Clinton is getting on her upcoming nuptials to investment banker Marc Mezvinsky. Their wedding, rumored to be a lavish affair on the scale of a White House State Dinner, will reportedly take place before some 500 guests at a fairy-tale location on the banks of the Hudson River in Rhinebeck, N.Y., on July 31. I'm nervous about walking down the aisle. But can you imagine worrying about tripping over the likes of Oprah and President Obama? Or how about having to seat the one Republican likely to attend, news commentator and former Dick Cheney aide Mary Matalin, among a sea of Democrats?
Mother of the bride Hillary Clinton recently told NBC that this is very much Chelsea's wedding, and we're sure that's true. But I know all too well that reminding people who's in charge here doesn't necessarily stop them from sharing their two cents. And that's okay. (Because now that I know my Aunt Betsy is allergic to chocolate -- thanks again, Mom -- I won't be offended when she doesn't eat the chocolate wedding cake I picked out.)
So I'll share with Chelsea the best piece of wedding advice I've gotten so far: On that day, your angels will align and everything will go smoothly, people who gripe about the wedding cake be damned.
What advice would you give Chelsea Clinton in advance of her wedding day? Chime in below!