List of weddings at the White House

This is a list of weddings that have taken place at the White House, the official residence and workplace of the President of the United States of America.

Tricia Nixon, escorted by her father, Richard Nixon, down the aisle at her wedding to Edward F. Cox in the White House Rose Garden, 2 June 1971
The East Room decorated for the wedding of Alice Roosevelt and Nicholas Longworth, 1906.

White House weddingsEdit

Eighteen documented couples who have had documented weddings in the White House. Nine have been children of presidents, three have been a niece or nephew of the president or first lady, two siblings, two staffers, one friend and one president. Of the twelve children of incumbent presidents who married during their parent's presidency in locations other than the White House, two had receptions in the executive mansion.[1]

Public weddings in the White House, particularly those of the president's children, "have been feel-good occasions for the country and the commander in chief, casting presidents in the sympathetic role of father."[2] President-elect Richard Nixon encouraged his daughter, Julie, and her fiancé, David Eisenhower, grandson of Dwight D. Eisenhower, to postpone their December 1968 wedding at New York's Marble Collegiate Church and instead have it after his inauguration at the White House, but the couple did not wish for the publicity of a White House wedding.[3] Her older sister, Tricia, is the most recent White House bride to be a child of the president.

These events are occasionally referred to in the press as "America's 'royal' weddings."[4]

List of weddings at the White HouseEdit

19th centuryEdit

20th centuryEdit

 
Wedding of Lynda Bird Johnson and Charles Spittal Robb, 9 December 1967

21st centuryEdit

List of wedding receptions at the White HouseEdit

 
Luci Baines Johnson and Patrick Nugent and their parents on the south portico, 6 August 1966

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Wedding Ceremonies Held at the White House". The White House Historical Association. Retrieved 23 August 2020.
  2. ^ Eschner, Kat. "A Brief History of White House Weddings". Smithsonian. Retrieved 23 August 2020.
  3. ^ Eisenhower, Julie (1986). Pat Nixon the Untold Story. Simon & Schuster. ISBN 1416576053.
  4. ^ Kermani, Genivive (29 April 2011). "America's royal wedding? Looking back at Luci Baines Johnson's wedding in 1966". CBS. Retrieved 23 August 2020.
  5. ^ Glass, Andrew (9 December 2008). "Lynda Bird Johnson marries in the White House, Dec. 9, 1967". Politico. Retrieved 23 August 2020.
  6. ^ "The Marriage of Tricia Nixon and Edward Finch Cox". Richard Nixon Foundation. Retrieved 23 August 2020.
  7. ^ "A Rose Garden Wedding". The New York Times. Associated Press. May 30, 1994. Retrieved March 23, 2008.
  8. ^ Larson, Leslie (October 21, 2013). "Obama photographer Pete Souza gets hitched in White House wedding...so who took the pictures?". NY Daily News. Retrieved September 30, 2017.
  9. ^ "Wedding Ceremonies Held at the White House". The White House Historical Association. Retrieved 23 August 2020.