Wednesday, February 11, 2009

The honor of your presence is requested...Mr. President

Don't forget to invite the President of The United States of America to your wedding!  Although the chances of he and his wife actually attending are close to 0%, The White House does send greeting cards signed by the President to commemorate special events, accomplishments and milestones free of charge to U.S. citizens.  

Here's a photograph of the wedding invitation I sent as I prepared to get married back in 2004:

And here's what I received in response to the wedding invitation I sent:

Just follow the following guidelines to receive your special greeting from Barack & Michelle Obama:

ALL GREETING REQUESTS MUST BE SUBMITTED IN WRITING TO:
The Honorable Barack Obama and Mrs. Obama
The White House
Greetings Office, Room 39
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington, D.C. 20500
 Also, the following guidelines must be adhered to before mailing your request:
  • ADVANCE NOTICE REQUIRED -- Your request must be received six (6) weeks in advance of the event date. (Greetings are generally not sent after the event date, except for wedding congratulations and newborn acknowledgments.)
  • U.S. CITIZENS ONLY -- The White House will send greetings to United States citizens only, for special occasions as outlined below.
    •  ANNIVERSARY GREETINGS -- Anniversary greetings are extended only to those couples who are celebrating their 50th (and subsequent) wedding anniversary.
    •  BIRTHDAY GREETINGS -- Birthday greetings will be sent only to individuals 80 years of age and above.
    •  OTHER GREETINGS -- A limited number of special occasions other than birthdays and anniversaries exist for which the Greetings Office will send appropriate recognition to United States citizens. These occasions include important events such as:
      • Wedding (send your request after the event)
      • Baby's Birth (send request only after baby's birth)
      • Eagle Scout Award Girl Scout Gold Award 
      • Bar/Bat Mitzvah or equivalent occasion
  • REQUIRED INFORMATION -- Please include the following in your request:
    • Name and home address of honoree(s) form of address (Mr., Ms., Mrs., Dr., Miss, etc.)
    • Exact date of occasion (month, day, year) age (birthdays) or number of years of marriage 
    • Your (the requestor's) name and daytime phone number 
    • Any specific mailing instructions if other than to honoree's address 
    • Wedding (Include couple's married names and current or new address) 
    • Baby's Birth (Include baby's date of birth and full names and address of baby and parents)
You should expect your greeting to be mailed from the White House approximately ten days prior to the event.

Note: Wedding invitations to the President can also be faxed to: (202) 395-1232

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