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​Military Uniforms at Weddings: Yes or No?

Posted by Sandy D. on

Are you considering allowing military garb at your wedding? If you or your future spouse serves in a branch of the military, you can distinguish your wedding as a “military wedding.” Military wedding traditions vary, but the common denominator is that the bride and/or groom wears formal military uniform. Even if your wedding is a “civilian” wedding, you can allow any active military members of the bridal party (or guests) to wear their uniforms.

Formal dress protocol and uniforms vary across the different military branches (Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard and Marine Corps). The two most common types of uniforms are “mess” uniforms for black tie events, and “service” uniforms for formal events. Having a military wedding or asking your bridal party to dress up can make a striking statement, but there are also some potential drawbacks to consider.

Pros:

* It shows support for U.S. military branches.

* It honors the servicemen in your wedding and their service to our country.

* You wouldn’t have to rent or purchase a new tuxedo (since dress uniforms are usually already purchased).

* Your photos would be unique and memorable.

* It can add an official air to your wedding.

Cons:

* Many servicemen and women don’t feel comfortable wearing their uniforms.

* You’re held to a different standard while in uniform (and can’t really “let loose”).

* A uniform can attract significant attention and distract from the bride or groom.

* Wearing uniforms may alter wedding plans for wedding colors and décor, etc.

* You’ll need to be sure all your insignia is up-to-date before appearing in public.

Some couples regret not having a military wedding, while others long for a true “civilian” wedding. What you decide to do will depend on how important it is to honor this aspect of your life (along with your love for each other).

Happy planning!

with love & style from: Sandy D. (bridal blogger extraordinaire)

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