See 31 Incredible Photos of White House Weddings
Since the White House opened in 1800, there have been 18 weddings and four receptions at the presidential residence. Soon, that number will rise: President Joe Biden's granddaughter Naomi Biden and soon-to-be husband Peter Neal will have a White House wedding reception in November 2022.
Typically only close members of the First Family or close staff, like Official White House Photographer Pete Souza, who married Patti Lease in the Rose Garden in October 2013, have been able to marry at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
The last member of a president's family to have a wedding reception (or wedding) at the White House was President George W. Bush's daughter Jenna Bush. Jenna married Henry Hager in May 2008 in Crawford, Texas, and then President Bush and First Lady Laura Bush threw the newlyweds a White House reception in June 2008. Before that, Hillary Clinton's brother, Anthony Rodham, married Nicole Boxer in the Rose Garden in May 1994 in a private ceremony and reception.
However, the last spectacular wedding of a member of the president's family took place in June 1971, when President Richard Nixon's daughter Tricia married Edward Finch Cox in the Rose Garden. Tricia joined a long line of first daughters—going back to Maria Hester Monroe, President James Monroe's daughter, marring Samuel L. Gouverneur in 1820—to tie the knot at the White House.
In anticipation of Naomi and Peter's White House wedding reception, a look back at some of the most memorable White House weddings over the decades.
Joe Biden's granddaughter Naomi Biden will have a White House wedding reception next month. Here, look back at some of the most famous White House weddings in history.