The anticipation surrounding the impending nuptials of former first daughter Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky has reached a fever pitch, inspiring us to look back at how some other first children celebrated their weddings. It turns out that these high profile affairs have tended to fall into two camps—lavishly produced events with massive guest lists, or intimate anti-weddings. (And we're thinking Chelsea's wedding is poised to fall into the former category.)

Carolyn Bessette and John F. Kennedy Jr., September 1996

The glamorous and deeply private couple married in a secret ceremony on Cumberland Island, off the Georgia coast. The wedding plans were kept so tightly under wraps that an editor from The National Enquirer remarked that JFK Jr. could "run the CIA." The evening ceremony took place in the tiny Brack Chapel of the First African Baptist Church, which was lit by candles and kerosene lamps. The 40 guests included the late Senator Teddy Kennedy and John's sister Caroline. The bride wore a silk crepe bias-cut gown designed by Narciso Rodriguez. (Its simple, body-skimming sheath silhouette influenced bridal fashion as we now know it, making it okay for brides to wear sexier, non-traditional designs.) Rachel Lambert Mellon, who created the White House's Rose Garden for President Kennedy, chose the flower arrangements, and the reception was held at the nearby Greyfield Inn.

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