James Monroe's daughter Maria was the fist child of a president
to marry in the White House, in 1820. Her ceremony was restricted
to family. Subsequent weddings have become increasingly popular
events, and the public wants to know many of the details.
More recent White House brides have resorted to elaborate schemes to avoid intrusion. In 1966, Luci Johnson managed to keep her dress design secret until her wedding day. Respecting the privacy of the wedding party must be balanced with taking advantage of the tremendous political goodwill generated from these rare White House occurrences.