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Jenna Bush's Wedding Details

Jenna Bush Dishes Wedding Details, and Why She Said No to the White House

Jenna Bush was on the Today show with her mom yesterday discussing plans for her upcoming wedding and finally clearing up why it will not take place at the White House. The Pennsylvania Avenue option was of course available to Jenna, but she turned it down saying, “Texas is home to me. . . I did live in Washington, but I never lived in the White House."

The celebration is to take place at sunset on the Crawford, Texas ranch with a guest list of about 200 people. For you detail junkies, Jenna sets the scene:

I guess it maybe says we’re crazy. I wanted to be at home, and I wanted it to feel natural and I wanted it to be a private thing. It’s the one day of my life — it happens once — that I want to have a private time with Henry and my family. Plus, I’m not that glamorous. I’m more an outdoor type.

See? Maybe I wasn't so far off with my cowboy boot comment! To see what everyone will be wearing, and what's in store for the couple post-nuptials,


Her gown, described as simple and casual, is an Oscar de la Renta creation of embroidered organza with matte beading and a small train. She will have 14 attendants and her twin sister Barbara Bush will be her maid of honor. The party will wear short chiffon dresses by Lela Rose, a Texas designer, in green, blue, yellow and lavender.

When Jenna is not preparing for her wedding she is promoting a children’s book she wrote with her mother and First Lady, Laura, entitled Read All About It, which is on sale now.

The husband-to-be is Henry Hager, son of John Hager, a political heavyweight in Virginia politics and assistant secretary of the US Department of Education. He's currently completing graduate work at the Darden School of Business Administration at the University of Virginia. Henry met Jenna while working on the 2004 Bush re-election campaign. After the wedding, it's rumored the newlyweds will move into a 128-year-old, two-bedroom, two-bath townhouse on the south side of Baltimore that they purchased for $440,000.

Sigh. Happily ever after!

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Join The Conversation
hausfrau hausfrau 9 years
No only the government can help the economy Cine! GAWD!
syako syako 9 years
of course not you greedy capitalist!
cine_lover cine_lover 9 years
Wouldn't an expensive wedding help the economy by spending money? :ponder:
KrisSugar KrisSugar 9 years
As a Texas girl who has been all over the world, I have to say this place is in your freaking soul. even if you grew up in a travel trailer on an empty lot behind Walmart, it's in your heart. I would get married on a ranch like that in a heartbeat! It's going to be so gorgeous in May.
syako syako 9 years
I don't know why my comment didn't show up - but it went something like this - you have to be kidding me! you're way out there with this comment. The girl can have a wedding wherever and whenever she wants. People can't get married and have a wedding if there's an economic downturn? um, what else... 200 people is not a huge wedding either, she probably would like to be away from negative press and crazies protesting. I'd want it in Texas too if I were here since that's my HOME! um... oh yeah, it's her freaking day so get over it.
EkaterinaBallerina EkaterinaBallerina 9 years
She's getting married in Texas because a White House wedding would look pretty offensive right now considering the state of this country's economy. People are losing their homes left and right, the economy is effectively tanking, and people are losing their children overseas. Who in the world would want to see her all dressed up in some fancy affair at the White House. It would be highly disrespectful. Don't think for a minute that she had any say in that one. They are doing it at the ranch, which is fairly secluded, so they don't suffer any backlash for what is likely to be an over the top and expensive affair in the midst of a serious economic downturn. This is all a pr move on their part. What's worse is that places like Costco are starting to ration food and she is probably not paying a dime for that wedding gown. As my dad said last night, if Karl Rove was still at the White House he would never have let ANY of this wedding news become public. He at least knew how bad this all looks. I cannot believe anyone finds this entertaining.
KrisSugar KrisSugar 9 years
I look forward to the day when my husband will want to shred my copy of something.
syako syako 9 years
my husband would gladly shred my copy --- and everytime TBS plays it (which is weekly) I watch it and giggle! Well rac, we're just hot stuff so our offspring are naturally hot.
raciccarone raciccarone 9 years
What's with the Republicans and the hot kids?
KrisSugar KrisSugar 9 years
and my dvd of zoolander is woefully neglected. i think i will watch it tonight!
KrisSugar KrisSugar 9 years
well they know what's up with me then! i think that's a perfect quote! I wish I could put it at the bottom of my work email.
syako syako 9 years
no it's just a place to have a little quote up there so when people visit your profile they will know "what's up" with you.
cine_lover cine_lover 9 years
But is chatter like instant messaging?
nicachica nicachica 9 years
thanks for the cake Syako! :) k, heading over to the "Hillary wins Pennsylvania" thread's getting interesting!
syako syako 9 years
I love birthdays too nica!! :cake:
syako syako 9 years
your's is like way on the bottom right under "latest comments"
syako syako 9 years
When you're on your profile page, they have this thing that says "what's up"
nicachica nicachica 9 years
hehe...okay i know that was a tad self-serving but i love my birthday!!!!! thanks ladies!
cine_lover cine_lover 9 years
What the heck is chatter?
KrisSugar KrisSugar 9 years
happy birthday!!!!!!!!!!
syako syako 9 years
yes I like the old avatars better :hug: PARTY UP IN HERE! :cake:
cine_lover cine_lover 9 years
HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :dance:
syako syako 9 years
WOOHOO! HAPPY BIRTHDAY! :dance: :an egyptian: :woohoo:
nicachica nicachica 9 years
hmmm...did i cover all the threads? ;)
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