When Presidential Offspring Marry

The anticipation surrounding the impending nuptials of former first daughter Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky has reached a fever pitch, inspiring us to look back at how some other first children celebrated their weddings. It turns out that these high profile affairs have tended to fall into two camps—lavishly produced events with massive guest lists, or intimate anti-weddings. (And we're thinking Chelsea's wedding is poised to fall into the former category.)

Alice Roosevelt and Nicholas Longworth, February 1906

Known as "Princess Alice," Theodore Roosevelt's popular daughter had a rebellious party girl reputation that mesmerized American society. When her wedding to U.S. Representative Nicholas Longworth was announced, the press went into a frenzy, and speculation over the wedding details consumed the front pages. Reporters hounded secretaries, caterers, and florists for information, and there was a huge stampede for tickets and invitations. Eventually, the scramble for tickets became so desperate that President Roosevelt publicly asked that his friends help curb the chaos by offering to stay home. Alice refused to have bridesmaids, reportedly because she didn't want to be upstaged, and she wore an opulent gown with an 18-foot train and leg-of-mutton sleeves. The wedding festivities took over all of the White House's function rooms, and the final guest list topped 700.

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