Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day in particular are about remembering and honoring those who have served our country. And honestly, there should be more days to do that! In the lives of a serviceman or his/her family, every day is about remembering and honoring them. So on such a big day like a wedding, it just makes sense to continue to do that. Below we’ve listed 4 ways to honor the military member in your life during the wedding festivities!
Invitations or Save the Dates
Go ahead and start off the wedding announcements as a reminder and thank you to your military bride or groom! We love these cute save the dates that Margo & Christian used. Not only was the save the date itself in honor of his service, but also this photo that their photographer was kind enough to grab with Christian’s name tape! Or you could keep a classic invitation and include the formal title with his name as a nod to his service!
Wear the Uniform
One of the easiest and most standard ways to include your or your spouse-to-be’s military service is to wear the dress uniform. This special attire is reserved only for big occasions such as this, so why not? And not to mention that it just looks so stately with the groom and his groomsmen standing their uniforms at the front!
Obviously, your wedding photos are something that you are going to treasure, look back on, and show your future children and grandchildren. Incorporating a few photos that honor you or your hubby’s service will not only mean something so special at the time, but for years to come. Just make sure to have a chat with your photographer, so they can add it to their shot list and prepare enough time to get those in.
Sarah, a recent bride, did this at her wedding and it was beyond sweet! She said, “I made sure we incorporated the American flag into our pics and video because Derrick is a veteran, 12 years in the Air Force and 4 tours overseas. He doesn’t talk about it much but I am so proud of him and what he went through so we could be free to live our lives. I know the flag means a lot to him because he fought for it and that makes him worthy of honor. Even in this small way.”
One of our favorite aspects of a military wedding that is a bit different than others is when the couple chooses to do an exit with an arch of sabers (swords). Even though this arch can be unique to each of the different military branches, it means when the newlyweds cross underneath they are given safe passage into their life as a married couple. Another special way to add honor in your wedding exit is to leave under waving American flags. It also makes a great item for your guests to keep and take home as a reminder of their service.