Weddings are so exciting, especially when a relationship has been going on for a couple of years or so, and no one knows who's going to jump and how far. Well, Elias Mavroleon of the Greek shipping family (aren't they all?) put an end to all that when he asked his sweetie, the glamorous Scandinavian blonde (aren't they all?) Birgit de Ganay, to become Mrs. Mavroleon and she hastened to say yes in several languages. They will be married on Sunday in Greece at the Porto Heli house on the sea of Caroline and Bluey Mavroleon, a relative of the groom (aren't they all?) Everyone is quite overjoyed at this happy ending, and guests are expected for kilometers around, including Rosemarie Kanzler, who lives just down the road, and, if she's in residence, billionairess Amalita Fortabat, Argentina's answer to almost everything, who also lives just around the corner when she's not bunking down on her yacht, which is usually lying -- not so doggo -- right at the front door. Sigh.
Since you probably haven't heard anything about Mrs. Cornelius Vanderbilt (Marylou) Whitney in the last five minutes, be informed that she is up to her usual Saratoga tricks. Marylou is giving her big annual party-with-a-theme on July 29 at Canfield's Casino in the smart racing resort, and this year's bash, called the "Over The Rainbow Gala," is in honor of The Tin Woodman, The Scarecrow, The Lion and Dorothy. Cute, that. Gents are asked to don their black ties, and the ladies are requested to wear Ruby Red Slippers, even as Dorothy did in Oz. Cute, that. Marylou, who can out-costume anybody you care to name, will probably come as Dorothy -- but don't rule out Toto. Rich girls just like to have fun.
Speaking of rich girls, Danielle Steel, who has made millions with her millions of bestsellers, is not only good looking but chic as well. When she was honored at the Beverly Wilshire in Los Angeles by 350 of the world's top booksellers at Dell Publishing's cocktail party opening the American Booksellers Association, she swept in in a white couture pantsuit by Dior, and the Grand Ballroom quivered. (Special limited editions of Danielle's upcoming novel, "The Gift," were given to each guest, the better to keep their minds on business.)
The next day, Danielle turned up briefly at the convention in an aqua Givenchy pantsuit and matching blouse. Sort of drop-dead in a raffinÄ way. At both events she was accompanied by her husband, John Traina, whose first book, a handsome coffee table edition titled, "Extraordinary Jewels," will be published by Doubleday on Sept. 1. All in the family.