Ivana Trump Takes Control of Wedding Plans

Ivana Trump Takes Control of Wedding Plans
Ivana Trump and Rossano Rubicondi
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10/30/2007 AT 03:15 PM EDT

She's blonde and beautiful, with a high-profile wedding in the works – but Ivana Trump swears she's no Bridezilla.

"We have six months to finalize everything," the socialite, 58, told PEOPLE as she headed into the Denise Rich G&P foundation for Cancer Research Ball at Manhattan's Mariott Marquee on Monday. "I'm definitely not in panic mode by any means."

So, does the 35-year-old groom-to-be, Italian actor Rossano Rubiondi, get a say in the I-Do details? "Of course," said Trump. "But we pretty much like the same things. I'm [just] more in the business, because I have done hundreds of weddings in the Plaza Hotel."

Weddings Past

During her marriage Donald Trump, Ivana managed the New York landmark, then one of his holdings, for a salary of one dollar per year – and all the dresses she could buy.

"And Palm Beach is my territory," she added. "I have my own house there. But the wedding will be at [Donald's estate] Mar-a-Lago, because the ballroom can hold a lot of people. (The Apprentice star wed his third wife, Melania Knaus, on the property in January 2005.)

Finally, does the new bride-to-be get a discount from her ex – who, after all, is the author of The Art of the Deal – for the use of Mar-a-Lago? Replied a beaming Ivana: "You bet I do."

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