Since Joe Biden’s granddaughter is married today, here’s a look back at other White House weddings

Naomi Biden, President Joe Biden’s eldest grandchild, is scheduled to be married to his fiance Peter Neal on Saturday, November 19, on the South Lawn of the White House.

The Biden-Neal wedding will be the 19th such event at the White House, according to the Library of Congress — and the first wedding to take place at the venue since 2013.

Naomi Biden is also the first presidential grandchild to marry in the White House. Her father is Hunter Biden.

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Here’s a look at some of the other weddings that have taken place at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue over the years.

First documented White House wedding

The first documented White House wedding was on March 29, 1812, according to the Library of Congress.

Peter Neal and Naomi Biden are shown attending the after-party for the Paramount White House Correspondents' Dinner at the French Ambassador's Residence in Washington, DC on April 30, 2022.  Their wedding will take place on Saturday, November 19, 2022, a private matter at the White House.

Peter Neal and Naomi Biden are shown attending the after-party for the Paramount White House Correspondents’ Dinner at the French Ambassador’s Residence in Washington, DC on April 30, 2022. Their wedding will take place on Saturday, November 19, 2022, a private matter at the White House.
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The bride was Lucy Payne Washington, whose sister was First Lady Dolley Madison; The groom was Thomas Todd, Deputy Supreme Court Justice.

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It’s unclear exactly where the wedding took place, but the Library of Congress website says it “probably took place in the Blue Room” on the State Floor.

At the time, weddings were typically held indoors and weren’t big affairs, the website says.

Lucy Payne Washington met Todd after moving into the White House after the death of her first husband, George Steptoe Washington, from tuberculosis.

Guests arrive on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, on November 19, 2022 for the wedding of Naomi Biden, 28, granddaughter of President Joe Biden, and Peter Neal, 25, a House has hosted 19 documented weddings over the years .

Guests arrive on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, on November 19, 2022 for the wedding of Naomi Biden, 28, granddaughter of President Joe Biden, and Peter Neal, 25, a House has hosted 19 documented weddings over the years .
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Dolley Madison described the wedding as “sudden” — and few other details are available.

Presidential Wedding

To date, only one President has married in the White House: President Grover Cleveland.

Cleveland was unmarried when he took office as president and began courting with Frances Folsom, a college student 27 years his junior.

A portrait of President Grover Cleveland who served from 1885-1889 and 1893-1897.

A portrait of President Grover Cleveland who served from 1885-1889 and 1893-1897.
(Reuters/Library of Congress/handouts)

While the two became engaged to be married in August 1885, this was not public knowledge until five days before their marriage on June 2, 1886, notes the Library of Congress.

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Vows were exchanged in the Blue Room – and only 28 guests attended.

First wedding in the rose garden

Perhaps the most notable White House wedding was that of Tricia Nixon—a daughter of President Richard Nixon—and Edward Finch Cox on June 12, 1971.

At a premiere, the two married outdoors in the rose garden.

The previous 15 weddings all took place indoors, the Library of Congress said.

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The affair was reportedly attended by 400 guests, and the White House later released a recipe for the wedding cake that was served in the East Room reception.

Since that wedding, every subsequent White House wedding has been held outdoors.

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In 1994, then First Lady Hilary Clinton’s brother, Tony Rodham, married the daughter of Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-California, at the Rose Garden.

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In 2013, White House Chief Photographer Pete Souza married Patti Lease in a small ceremony in the Rose Garden.

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