Getting married military style

Getting married military style – Family

Beth Reece

IF your sweetie pops the question this Valentine’s Day, consider getting married military style. The main differences between military and civilian weddings are the use of military uniforms instead of traditional wedding clothes and the saber arch, through which couples depart the chapel.

Couples who want to get married in military chapels should make reservations early, as chapels are booked quickly during spring and summer. Premarital counseling may also be required, so couples should seek advice from their chaplains.

Many officers’ and enlisted clubs have the facilities and experienced personnel to make wedding receptions a dream come true. Accommodations usually range from formal sit-down dinners for as many as 300 guests to intimate cocktail parties for 25.

For details and help on planning a military wedding, go to http.//usmarriagelaws.com and www.weddingdetails.com/lore/military.cfm. Also inquire at installation clubs and chapels.

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