Chelsea Clinton’s big day is being hailed as the wedding of the century — but she’s not the only presidential bride in our nation’s history!
When the child of a sitting or former U.S. President gets hitched, oftentimes the ceremony becomes a circus of no-fly zones and Secret Service guarding the über-exclusive nuptials. Before Chelsea Clinton, many other presidential children have tied the knot in ceremonies all their own. Whose big day was the “Most Like Chelsea’s” and who kept their nuptials the “Most Under the Radar”? Check out our White House wedding gallery and see for yourself!
Amy Carter: “Most Low Key”
- 28-year-old Amy Carter married 28-year-old computer consultant Jim Wentzel in a low key ceremony in Plains, Ga.
- Attended by 140 friends and family
- Amy baked her own cake
Caroline Kennedy: “Most Like Chelsea’s”
- The 28-year-old daughter of Jackie O. and John F. Kennedy married 41-year-old Ed Schlossberg at the Church of Our Lady of Victory in Centerville, Mass.
- Lavish pre-wedding events took place, including a bridal dinner for 100 at the Hyannis Port Club
- The bride wore a white silk organza gown with a long waist, short sleeves, a twenty-five-foot train, and rounded neck designed by Carolina Herrera
Jenna Bush: “Most Under the Radar”
- The daughter of sitting president George Bush and Laura Bush got hitched to former White House aide Henry Hager at a down home wedding at the Bush family ranch in Crawford, Texas
- 200 friends and relatives attended the nuptials, but the details of the wedding were kept securely under wraps
- Dad was proud: “Our little girl Jenna married a really good guy, Henry Hager. The wedding was spectacular, all we could have hoped for,” President Bush told reporters afterwards.
John F. Kennedy, Jr and Carolyn Bessette: “Most Elegant”
- The bride wore a sleek Narciso Rodriguez gown
- Small ceremony on exclusive Cumberland Island, a secluded Georgia barrier island
- Even family was in the dark: ‘I think it was, from what we heard, very small,” cousin Patrick Kennedy, who was not invited, said.
Tricia Nixon: “Most Presidential”
- In the only White House Rose Garden wedding in history, the daughter of Richard and Pat Nixon married Harvard Law student Edward Finch Cox
- The fiercely private Amy had 400 guests
- The dress was created by famed wedding gown designer John R. Burbidge
Luci Baines Johnson: “Most Unfortunate”
- At 19, Luci Baines Johnson married Patrick John Nugent in a high-profile wedding at the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C.
- The bride wore a gown by Priscilla of Boston
- The couple later divorced and Luci remarried
Lynda Johnson: “Most Regal”
- The introverted daughter married Captain Charles “Chuck” Robb, a marine officer and leader of the White House color guard at the White House
- Seven bridesmaids wore floor-length red gowns
- Lynda’s gown was designed by Geoffrey Beene