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All about Military Weddings

-Evening dress uniform (blue in winter, white in summer) is worn for an ultra-formal, wedding comparable to a white-tie affair.

-Dinner or “mess dress” uniform is appropriate at a formal or semiformal event, comparable to black-tie.

-Dress blues or whites are worn for less formal weddings; they are equivalent to a nice suit.

-Non-commissioned officers and other enlisted ranks may wear dress blues or Army green uniforms at a formal or informal wedding.

-Any nonmilitary wedding-party members simply wear traditional wedding clothes of the same level of formality as those in uniform.

A boutonniere is never worn with a uniform. The only uniform decorations should be authorized awards and medals.

Your guests are sure to be awed by the elegant ceremony of the “arch of sabers” or “arch of steel” that the bride and groom pass through to exit the chapel. This passage is meant to ensure the couple’s safe transition into their new life together.

Military chaplains are paid by the service they represent. You need not to pay them a fee but it is customary to make a donation of $50 to $60 to the chapel to show your appreciation.

Suggestions for the reception:

Play some regimental music, including the anthem of the bride’s and/or groom’s branch of service.

Decorations could include American flags and the standards of your unit in addition to flowers.

Red White and Blue make classic military themed wedding favors. You can also purchase chocolates foil-wrapped in a flag theme.