(Closed) USMC Brides!!!

posted 6 years ago in Military
Post # 4
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3 posts
Wannabee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I have a question about invites. My husband and I are doing our “official ceremony” in March and I have a few military-etiquette related questions. He will be wearing his dress blues as will his groomsmen. Our officiant is a close friend who is retired Navy who also plans to wear his uniform. Should we let other military or former military who are invited know that they are welcome to wear their uniform if they choose? And how should we do this if so?

We are having a very small ceremony and reception, about 30 people. What is the proper way to word the invites for the military members? The ones I know so far are:

Our officiant, retired Chief Petty Officer in the Navy

Family friend: retired Senior Chief in the Navy

My grandfather: four years service in the USMC, left a Corporal.

Also, I have heard differing things on this, and not sure if my husband even wants to do it or not, but is the sword arch for officers only? At the time of our ceremony he will be an E-3. If we were able to do it, how do you go about finding people for it? Would he just have his groomsmen do it as they are all USMC as well?

Thanks!

Post # 5
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873 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Technically it’s for officers only, but many enlisted people do it anyway.  Yes, groomsmen can perform the arch.  Also remember it should not be performed inside a church.

As far as invitations, you do not use rank on an invitation for an enlisted person, and you do not use the branch under their name if they are retired.  So the three you mentioned above, you’d just use standard invitation wording.

I would check with base public affairs or the chapel about your officiant wearing his uniform to marry you as well.  I’ve been told by a few chaplains that’s not allowed – you have to be a chaplain to wear your uniform while officiating even if you are otherwiese authorized to wear it.

Post # 6
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@starrynight:  

Okay, we will check on that!

I had read on an etiquette site that invites to officers or retired officers should be worded:

Chief Petty Officer (Ret.) and Mrs. John Smith

Thanks for letting me know!

Post # 9
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88 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

hrv89 – When it comes to the swords the only ones authorized to carry swords are NCOS and above….meaning at your ceremony if you have the sword arch technically if the are E3 and below they shouldnt have a sword worn. Im a Marine thats how I know the regulations.

 

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

@HappyHoneyBee:  Not to be a total creeper on this thread or anything, but we’re stationed at Lejeune too! 

Post # 11
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873 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

@hrv89:  I’m pretty sure the site was referring to commissioned officers, not NCO’s.

Post # 12
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383 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I just wanted to comment on here so I can remember this thread in the future…  My FI is halfway through OCS right now and will be a 2nd Lt at the time of our wedding.  I know I will be looking to you ladies for advice in the next year (:

Post # 13
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: August 2013

We’re stationed in lejuene too! We actually live in Wilmington though. It’s not easy planning a wedding with a deployed fiancé so it’s nice to see this bread withLuther marine brides! 🙂

Post # 14
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

My fiance is a Marine! He’s a 2nd Lt., currently at Quantico for TBS. We’re waiting a few years until he’s stationed and more settled in his new command. He’s a USNA grad, and all his groomsmen are Marines now too, so we’re going to have a very Marine-y wedding party! 

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