Post # 1
I looked in previous posts but didn’t find anything. Does anyone know if you have to buy the swords for the arch? FI thinks so because he says they’re just for show and no one really has any and doesn’t think we could "borrow" some from anywhere. He also says they’re at least $300 each. He’s about to make Captain so it’s not like he’s new to the Army and I didn’t think it would be a problem getting swords… so does anyone know?
Post # 3
Hi! I know nothing about the military, but I saw you weren’t getting responses so I thought I’d chime in.
Could you call someone from his unit or a local military installation to check around? Maybe ask other recently wed military brides how they did it?
Post # 4
- Wedding: April 2018 - The Grand Old House, Grand Cayman
I looked around on the internet for a bit and it sounds like you should go on post and ask the chaplain and the public affairs office.
Is your FI stationed at Ft. Campbell?
Post # 5
I think some officers choose to buy swords, but also I believe many military chapels have a supply of swords for the arches. I’m getting married at a service academy so this is our situation. I think the advice to call around locally is probably the best idea. Good luck!
Post # 6
My brother graduated from West Point, so they all had their own when they did it for his wedding. I do believe though, like someone said above, that churches on post or locations on post tend to keep a supply for this.
Post # 7
My fiance and his groomsmen will be graduating from USNA before our wedding and they all buy their own (or they are given as a gift from their parents).
But my fiance mentioned that if all of the men do not have their sabers, you can rent them from a nearby Army post or AF/Naval base. I’m sure there are places to rent them, not everybody participating in the arch would own their own.
Post # 8
You can also try a local ROTC unit. They’d need some spiffing up, but they’d have some on hand.
Post # 9
All of my fiance’s groomsmen own there own sabers, but they don’t want to travel with them. I am getting some of them from the chaplain’s office at the Navy base nearest to our wedding, and borrowing others from friends of friends (who aren’t invited to the wedding) who are stationed nearby. It seems like all of the Academy and West Point grads I know own their own sabers, so if you’re going to borrow them, he may want to first try asking friends who went there.
Post # 10
All of our guys owned thier own because it is offically part of their uniform. That being said, if they dont have them, just ask around base and borrow.
Post # 11
You should be able to go see a chaplain on post and they will let you borrow them. That’s what was done for all the weddings we’ve been to and that what’s we’re gonna do for ours.