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Donald Trump and Melania Knauss Marriage Profile

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Donald and Melania Trump at Larry's King's 50 Years of Broadcasting Celebration, April 18, 2007

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When Donald Trump and Melania Knauss were married in January, 2005, it was a major news event.

Here's information on the celebrity wedding and marriage of Donald Trump and Melania Knauss.

Born:

Donald John Trump: June 14, 1946 in New York, New York.

Melania Knauss aka Melanija Knavs: April 26, 1970 in Yugoslavia. The locale is now a part of the Republic of Slovenia.

How They Met:

Donald and Melania met in 1999 at a fashion event. Breaking up in 2000, they reconciled later. Donald proposed to Melania in April, 2004.

Ages at Wedding:

Donald, 58; Melania, 30.

Wedding Date and Ceremony:

January 22, 2005, 7:00 p.m. at Bethesda-by-the-Sea Church in Palm Beach, Florida.

The officiant of Donald and Melania's wedding was Rev. Ralph R. Warren, Jr.

Ines, Melania's older sister, was maid of honor. She is a designer from Slovenia and wore a gown designed by Vera Wang.

Donald's oldest daughter, Ivanka, did a reading during the ceremony. Donald Jr. and Eric served as best men. The celebrity wedding of Donald and Melania was not televised.

Wedding Guests:

Some of the 500 wedding guests invited included Oprah Winfrey, Luciano Pavarotti, Clint Eastwood, Alfonse D'Amato, Usher, and Elton John.
Other guests were Prince Charles of Britain, Prince Albert of Monaco,

David Letterman, Russell Simmons, Vic Damone, Sean Combs, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Shaquille O'Neal, Derek Jeter, Joe Torre and Muhammad Ali, Rudy Giuliani, Billy Joel, Katie Couric, and Trump’s children Donald Jr., Ivanka, Eric, and Tiffany.

Wedding Attire:

Knauss' wedding gown appeared on the February 2005 cover of Vogue magazine. Melania's 50 pound wedding dress was designed by John Galliano of Christian Dior.

The white duchesse satin dress, with a 13-foot train, rumored to have cost between $100,000 and $200,000, had almost 300 feet of material and 1,500 crystal rhinestones and pearls. The dress was so heavy and wide that Melania sat on a bench instead of a chair.

Melania changed into a Vera Wang sexy, sleek tulle dress after she had the traditional first dance with Donald.

Wedding Reception:

Trump's 17-acre, 118 room Mar-a-Lago Club located in Palm Beach, Florida was the site of the reception.

The Mar-a-Lago's $42-million ballroom is a very ornate room in the Louis XIV style. The wedding colors were white and gold. Trump, the deal-maker, managed to get discounts on many aspects of the wedding, including the 15-carat diamond ring that he gave to Melania. The regular price for the ring was $1.5 million, but he only paid half that price.

He also received discounts on the photography, flowers, meals, and transportation. The wedding planner, Preston Bailey, is from New York.

The Wedding Cake:

The orange Grand Marnier chiffon wedding cake was five-foot-high, seven-tiered, 200 pounds, 32 inches in diameter, covered with approximately 3,000 white icing roses, and filled with Grand Marnier butter cream. It did not have the traditional bride and groom on top.

Wedding guests each received an individual cake about the size of a cupcake. Looking like the top tier, the individual cakes were chocolate sponge cakes, filled with chocolate truffle, and decorated with one rose on top.

Wedding Invitations:

The gold script engraved wedding invitations were made by Tiffany & Co. The invitations included a card that mentioned the banning of any form of recording device or cell phones at the wedding.

Guests were invited to enjoy the luxury of Mar-a-Lago's amenities of golf, tennis, and spa on January 21st through the 23rd.

Food, Beverages and Entertainment at Reception:

There were conflicting reports about the reception meal.
Some said it was provided free and consisted of filet mignon with green peppercorn sauce and steamed shrimp. Others stated that the chef of Mar-a-Lago provided the meal of Steamed Shrimp Salad with Champagne Vinaigrette, Roasted Tenderloin of Beef with a Green Peppercorn Sauce and Horseradish Potato Galette.

Michael Rose led a 36-piece orchestra. Cameras were not allowed at either the church or at the reception. A day after the wedding, one official, black-and-white image was released.

From Trump's wine cellar: Magnums of Cristal Champagne, 1983, R.D. 2004, from the wine library of Louis Roederer; Classique-Montrachet, Marquis de Laguiche, 2002, a white burgundy; and Chateau Lynch-Bages, 1999, Pauillac, a red Bordeaux.
Source: Palm Beach Post

Previous Marriages:

Donald has two previous marriages. Both ended in divorce.
  • Ivana Marie Zelníčková and Donald were married on April 9, 1977. They divorced on March 22, 1992.
  • In a $3 million wedding, Ivana Trump married Italian model-actor Rossano Rubicondi on April 12, 2008 at Donald Trump's estate, Mar-a-Lago. It was her fourth marriage. Ivana is 24 years older than Rossano. Donald was a guest at the wedding.

    On December 1, 2008, Ivana announced she had legally separated from Rossano.

  • Marla Maples and Donald were married from December 19, 1993 to June 8, 1999.

Education and Occupations:

Donald has a B.S. from The Wharton School of Finance, University of Pennsylvania (1968).

Donald is a billionaire, was host of the NBC reality show "The Apprentice", a real estate mogul, and other business ventures.

Melania is a model.

Children:

Donald has five children:
  • Donald Trump Jr: Born in 1977. His mother is Ivana. Donald Jr. married Vanessa in 2005. Daughter Kai Madison born in 2007.
  • Ivanka Trump: Born in 1981. Her mother is Ivana. Ivanka married Jared Kushner on 10/25/2009.
  • Eric Trump: Born in 1984. His mother is Ivana.
  • Tiffany Ariana Trump: Born in 1993. Her mother is Marla.
  • Barron William Trump: Born in 2006 in New York City. His mother is Melania.

Residences:

Manhattan, New York and Palm Beach, Florida.

Religion:

Donald, Collegiate Reformed Dutch Protestant Church.

Quotes About Donald and Melania's Marriage and Family:

Donald on not being in the delivery room with Melania and being a hands-off father: "I think it's easier for Melania if I'm not there." The couple had already hired a full-time nanny.
Source: People Magazine

Donald on marrying Melania: "Frankly, I wouldn't have [gotten married again]. But she's very exceptional. If she weren't, I wouldn't do it."
Source: Newsday, Inc.

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