The Wedding Breakfast for Nellie Grant

June 2017

The White House event was perhaps the most celebrated wedding of the 19th Century, made more dramatic by the President's opposition to the union.

Soft-Shelled Crabs on Toast    Chicken Croquettes with Green Peas
Lamb Cutlets with Tartare Sauce     Aspic of Beef Tongue
Woodcock and Snipe on Toast     Salad with Mayonnaise
Strawberries with Cream     Orange Baskets Garnished with Strawberries
Charlotte Russe    Nesselrode Pudding     Blancmange
Ice Cream     Garnished with Preserved Fruits     Water Ices
Wedding Cake      Small Fancy Cakes
Roman Punch     Chocolate     Coffee

Nellie Grant's Wedding at the White House, June 6, 1874.
Nellie Grant's Wedding at the White House on June 6, 1874 was perhaps the most celebrated nuptuals of the 19th Century.

The marriage of Nellie Grant, President Ulysses Grant's only daughter, took place at eleven o'clock on the morning of May 21, 1874. It was the first wedding to be held in the White House in thirty years, since President Tyler married Julia Gardiner.

Nellie married a young Englishman, Algernon Sartoris (to whom, at first, her father objected), in an elaborate ceremony in the East Room of the White House. The bride wore a white satin dress, with a white veil and a wreath of white flowers, green leaves, and orange blossoms. The wedding breakfast was served in the state dining room.

Although the press was not admitted, a reporter from the New York Herald managed to be present, and it is from his account of the breakfast that the menu is taken. "It is said," the journalist recounted, "by those who have long been frequenters of the White House, nothing to equal it was ever before witnessed."














Guests at the White House Wedding.
Guests at the White House Wedding.