March 17, 2004

An All-Clad Pot from POTUS?

What kind of invited guest not only won't come to your wedding but won't even send a present? A famous one, of course. While it is technically possible to invite anyone to your wedding - and sometimes it feels as if we are inviting everyone to ours - you can send invitations to world leaders, royalty and movie stars. They might not send you a pasta maker, but they will, in many cases, send you a personalized reply. Here are some addresses to add to your list.

The Honorable George W. Bush and Mrs. Bush
The White House
Attn: Greetings Office
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington, DC 20500-0039

The White House will send greetings from the president and first lady after your wedding, wishing you congratulations. Any invitation must include the name and home address of the couple and the exact date of the ceremony. It also couldn't hurt to include a daytime phone number. Depending on your poltical affiliation, it also couldn't hurt to wait until John Kerry takes office in January when the word "Honorable" might be a little more appropriate.

The Secretary to Her Majesty
Queen Elizabeth II of England

Buckingham Palace
London, England

Proper etiquette dictates addressing the outer envelope to the queen's assistant since all mail to Buckingham Palace is first sorted before making its way to the throne. American citizens are out of luck, however, as only royal subjects will receive a response. Instead, Americans can send invitations to our queen.

His Holiness John Paul II
Prefettura della Casa Pontifica
00120 Vatican City

In a gesture of interfaith goodwill, the pontiff formerly known as Karol Wojtyla sends greetings to Catholics and non-Catholics alike. Forget about limos; L and I want to arrive at our wedding in a Popemobile.

If you have a favorite celebrity you'd like to invite to your wedding, you can find his or her address - or at least the address of the management company handling fan mail - online. Big Law & Order fans, L and I have discussed inviting S. Epatha Merkerson to our wedding, although we doubt the no-nonsense Lieutenant Anita Van Buren will want to spend her summer vacation in Wisconsin. I don't know if she's married, but as a courtesy we'll include her on our wedding list as a "plus one."

Posted by The Groom at March 17, 2004 12:40 AM

I'd give up one of my invites for Jerry Ohrbach.

Posted by: MOG at March 17, 2004 08:13 AM

Who's list is S. Epatha Merkerson going on. You guys and we have already gone over our allotment, and you have used your parents extras as well, so unless someone is coming off, where do you think we will put her?

Posted by: MOB at March 17, 2004 09:51 AM

Complaint - I never got anything back from George W. - must have seen that I was a registered Democrat.

Posted by: Jen at March 19, 2004 03:31 PM

Maybe he only does it for large campaign donors.

Posted by: The Groom at March 19, 2004 04:37 PM