There is literally no planning ahead if you’re married (or about to be married) to someone serving his/her military duty. Organizing the wedding can be quite a challenge even if we’re talking about ‘’regular’’ (civilian) type of wedding. The military weddings come with even more challenges.
Pictures of bride and groom marching out of the ceremony and walking beneath the arch of drawn sabers and swords is really a sight to behold. However, the difficult part is making this all work and planning ahead for it.
So, what are the most common challenges of organizing a military wedding?
In this article, we tried to give you possible solutions for each one of them.
Choosing a Proper Place for the Ceremony
Constant deployments and living on-the-move are what makes living in a military family very dynamic and fun, but it also aggravates military wedding planning.
Not to mention the chances for the best man and some other relatives that are planned to be invited and present at the wedding ceremony are also serving in the Army. Sometimes this makes it practically impossible to find the time and place where and when everyone can attend.
There is the advantage of the Internet in these situations. Since you probably won’t be in a position to give them invitations personally, you might want to open a wedding journal which will be accessible online at any time. There they will gather the information about where the ceremony will take place, what hotel or restaurant will organize the reception and things like that.
Also, being able to comment and to engage with the others will keep everyone involved in the loop and promptly informed.
It doesn’t have to be a separate website though, simply creating a closed group on FB will do the trick most of the times.
Know Where and How to Save Money
Organizing wedding ceremony and a reception after that can be pretty expensive. However, there are some perks of having a military wedding that you might not want to miss on.
For instance, there are many businesses that offer a discount for military couples (including Serendipity Diamonds!). Just by utilizing those you can save a fortune when buying rings, flowers, or cake for the wedding.
You might want to spice up your military-themed wedding and present custom-made military coins to the wedding attendees. You can make those with companies such as Embleholics.
Furthermore, choosing a place and establishment where the actual ceremony and wedding party will take place can save you hundreds, even thousands of dollars. Did you consider getting married on base? Military bases usually have churches and everything needed for a proper ceremony and it won’t cost you an arm and a leg also. Not to mention that this will be perfect for anyone deployed and not able to take a couple of days off.
Insurance Against Unforeseen Circumstances
We are all aware of the uncertainty military life brings. What if you spend a couple of months planning and organizing a wedding and you have to move the date of the wedding just because you military-other has other urgent orders to attend to on that day?
Getting wedding insurance is something you should definitely consider in these cases. Leave no hostages when it comes to your special day.