Steve Wynn says he wants his upcoming wedding to Andrea Hissom to be a largely private affair.
To quote those on the casino floor who helped Wynn build his resort empire, “Good luck with that.”
Nonetheless, Wynn and Hissom are doing their best to keep the media at bay when they celebrate their marriage during a two-day fete Friday and Saturday at Wynn Las Vegas. Hissom has done such an effective job that she was not around today, when Wynn met members of Las Vegas media outlets in a new greeting room at his villa adjacent to the Wynn Las Vegas Country Club. He was alone.
Hissom, still reluctant to assume the role of public figure that Wynn’s ex-wife, Elaine, has played for decades, did not attend the small but stately summit.
“We have been together at red carpet events, but when you’re talking about being a public figure, she is not that,” Wynn said, telling a story about how he and Hissom were to attend an event at Planet Hollywood with Andre Agassi and Stefani Graf. They repeatedly asked the limo driver to take them through a side entrance to avoid the crush of media packed behind the velvet rope on the event’s red carpet.
But they were led straight to the carpet anyway.
“There were all these cameras going off, which is something we’d tried to avoid,” Wynn said. The couple can expect more of the same as they are formally and legally linked as one.
We did learn today that Hissom will take Wynn’s last name. Wynn confirmed that Clint Eastwood will serve as best man, returning the favor to Wynn after Wynn was best man at the wedding of Eastwood and Dina Ruiz at Wynn’s home at Shadow Creek Golf Course in 1996 (Wynn dropped the ring that day; Eastwood has promised to do the same Saturday).
Wynn’s daughters Kevyn and Gillian Wynn will be in attendance but have no formal role in the ceremony, “which is how they want it,” as Wynn said (it has already been reported by my colleague Robin Leach that Elaine Wynn will be attending Warren Buffett’s annual economic symposium in Omaha, Neb., this weekend). Wynn said 250 couples are invited, a fair amount fewer than the 1,000 some reports anticipated to take part in what some observers have dubbed Las Vegas’ own royal wedding.
Wynn winces at such claims, but I’ll make it, too: This is in essence Las Vegas’ own royal wedding.
What else was disclosed during Wynn’s pin-balling, hour-long session with print and TV journalists? Read on:
• Wynn says that the video that first surfaced on TMZ of Wynn posing in an Elvis-inspired jumpsuit, wig and shades was shot without his knowledge or approval. He was working with Kenny Ortega on a set of stills to be played for wedding guests. As he said, footage of him posing as Elvis was shot from a hidden camera in the chapel and released online. When asked if he was going to take action in the aftermath of this video going viral, he said, “No, we have a wedding to plan.”
• Aside from Eastwood, notable members of Wynn’s wedding party are financier Michael Milken and Wynn Resorts executives Marc Schorr and Mike Maddox. Hissom’s bridesmaids are all close friends of hers, and the total number of wedding participants is 14, seven apiece.
• Wynn declined to specify what sort of entertainment would be provided, wanting his guests to be surprised. In an unrelated note, Wynn’s friend Donald Trump is expected, and Wynn finds him one of the more entertaining individuals on TV today.
• Wynn and Hissom are still vegan, having opted for the lifestyle after viewing the jarring DVD “Eating” by nutritionist Mike Anderson, who is among the invited guests.
• Wynn and Hissom are not adhering to the tradition of spending their final night as an unmarried couple apart. “It’s too late for that,” Wynn said, laughing. The two have been living together for about two years.
• Wynn says that, at age 69, he has no use for a bachelor party, which is a bummer to at least two and maybe three members of the media crew in attendance. He declined to answer a question about whether the couple signed a prenuptial agreement.
• Hissom’s dress was made by Monique Lhuillier. Wynn said he believed the bridesmaids would be donning mauve dresses.
• Hissom and Wynn originally wanted to exchange vows during the month of May, but the ballroom being used for the reception was booked on those dates.
• Wynn dovetailed into politics, again assigning responsibility for the nation’s deficit on President Obama’s economic policies and decrying “Obamacare,” which he says is costing his company millions in health care coverage for its employees. He’s a big fan of Gov. Brian Sandoval (“He is incredibly qualified”) and Nevada Senate Majority Leader Stephen Horsford (“Very ambitious, and that is not a bad thing”). He said the economy in Las Vegas would improve, “Eleven is better than 10,” he said referring to last year and this.
But when asked if he would consider a run for public office, Wynn gave a rare one-word answer: “No.”
Who has the time? He’s about to be a new husband, after all.