It’s all about military wedding week over here and now we are on my favorite topic: the wedding fashion! Most likely, the main distinction of a military wedding is the service members rocking their uniforms with pride. This, of course, depends on the style wedding, the season, and the government-issues uniform requirements. Sound a bit scary? It’s not. As always, we are here to guide you along the way!

Photo Credit: Melissa Arlena Photography from Patriotic Virginia Wedding

Formal or Black-Tie Weddings

Mess dress uniform is in appropriate for formal weddings. For most service branches, a black-tie or white-tie wedding entails a dark blue uniform and, depending upon the time of year and branch of service, white trousers.

Semi-Formal Weddings

Class-A or Service dress uniform is appropriate at a semiformal event. Like the Mess dress uniforms, these are also dark blue with the option to pair with white pants.

Wedding Party Attire

For brides and bridesmaids, wearing their service uniform is, of course, an option but many military brides opt for traditional bridal attire. One idea is to choose dark blue hues for the bridal party attire to complement the service uniforms worn by others in the wedding party.

For groomsmen who may be a part of a different service than the groom, their attire is as simple as wearing the uniform most comparable in formality. The groom and best man do not wear gloves, however, the other ushers wear white gloves during the ceremony. Boutonnieres are never worn with uniforms, but military decorations are worn instead.

For parents of the couple who are active or retired officers, they may wear uniforms; however, many mother choose to wear traditional mother-of-the-bride or groom attire.

For non-military wedding-party members, simply wear traditional wedding clothes of the same level of formality as those in uniform.

Guest Attire

Military guests (active or retired) may wear their uniforms or traditional formal attire. For a black- or white-tie weddings, be sure to include “Mess dress uniform invited” on the invitations to request that your guests come in uniform. For a semiformal wedding, include “Class A uniform invited” or “Service dress uniform invited.”

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What are you doing for your military wedding? Do you have any tips to share? Leave a comment and let us know! And, be sure to join us later this week for more in our military wedding week series!

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