A Brief History of White House Weddings
Any American can get a note from the White House congratulating them on getting married, but for most people, getting married at the White House isn’t a reality. There have been White House weddings—17 in all, according to the White House Historical Association—but they’ve mostly been confined to members of the president’s family or, in two cases, people close to the president. First Daughter Nellie Grant had “the first really grand White House wedding,” writesthe Association, on this day in 1874. President Ulysses S. Grant and his wife redecorated the East Room especially for the wedding ceremony, writes the Association, adding