(Closed) Booking a ceremony on base?

posted 6 years ago in Military
Post # 3
2373 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

I’m a military spouse and used to shoot weddings. One of my last weddings was held on an airforce base.

Getting civilians on base isn’t an issue. My bride had to provide the gate with a list of people before the event- she also included instructions in her invites and there may have been passes (it depends on base rules). Have your Father-In-Law talk to the office (I’m having a mental block and can’t think of the name) where you go to get guest parking tags. They’ll let you know exactly what you need to do. Weddings are held on bases alll the time!

 As for planning a wedding when you’re not there- I’m sure it’s just like planning a destination wedding. Good luck!

Post # 4
1370 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I’ve got a wedding set up on base for May. Fiance just contacted the chaplain’s office and the catering office for the O-club. They pointed him in the right direction. Civillians shouldn’t be a huge deal, foreign nationals on the other hand aren’t turning out to be much fun. My family is all Canadian!

We’ve had a great experience so far. Talk to mat at the end of May and I might have more info for you. We’re also doing a little reception in my hometown for extended family. Good luck!

Post # 5
124 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

This is my experience with Fort Bragg. The info was very easy to find. Check with the MWR office on your base to see which clubs and venues can be rented. Just search MWR Base XYZ. The site should have links to websites for the O club (if it has one). The Fort Bragg Club has a link to their PDF catering menu and more information about room rentals. Our club also doesn’t charge a room rental fee if the food and drink bill exceeds the room fee.

For getting folks on post, the other brides are absolutely correct. You will provide a guest list of full, legal names to the main gate. Have your guests go through the main gate and tell them to expect a car inspection. All guests over 18 will need a valid photo ID. Not sure how to go about foreign guests.

Good luck!

Post # 6
873 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Civilians being hassled depends on the base.  My husband was stationed at Barksdale AFB when we got married and I NEVER would have had the wedding on base simply because of how poorly the AF gate guards treat visitors….yes, even for weddings.  Imagine standing outside of your car in heels and a nice dress in 90 degree heat for half an hour while your car is searched!  I would never subject my guests to such treatment and as a guest, would immediately leave if I was. You simply can’t control how civilian guests will be treated and there’s no recourse if they are harassed like there if at a business.

Sorry, just something I have strong feelings on. 

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