Post # 1
My fiance is Army so we are having a military wedding. ive been planning it and really looking forward to it. Until i found out about the sabre (am i spelling that right?) tradition. Where as your leaving with your new husband, you go under the sabre arch have sabres put infront of you to stop and the bride gets patted on the bum with a sabre and told “welcome to the army”. SAVE ME! i soooo dont want that part,, cant i just walk through the sabre arch is the pat necessary?
My Fiance is telling me there is no way out of it, that even if he asks them not to, i will probably get it worse. Maybe im being to weirded out by it, but i really just dont like this tradition, its all good fun but my grandparents will be there!!! HELP!
Id love to hear how other military brides delt with this.
Post # 3
This is a REALLY popular militar wedding tradition! I was talking to my friend about it, cause her WHOLE family is in the military and she’s marrying an officer. She said the only way to get out of it is not to have a military wedding and to ask not to have it is disrespectful. Love it! I think it’s so fun!
Post # 4
is your FI an officer as i thought the sabre arch was for officers only
Post # 5
Yeah the more im hearing, its unaviodable. i was talking to my Fiance you dont have to be an officer to have a sabre wedding.
Post # 6
Just ask them not to swat your behind, and make sure your hubby backs you up when you tell them!
Post # 7
- Wedding: January 2010 - Trinity Presbyterian Church/Harrison Opera House
I think that if you want the arch, you just need to accept this part of it. It’s part of the tradition. I think it’ll be the least painful part of being married to the military! LOL.
Post # 8
sory to say, but ya gotta do it. Asking not to is a huge insult (but not as big as not having a miltary wedding) to military members and families. We all go through it, everyone knows about it, it will be funny! Honestly, its a split moment of the entire day. You’ll laugh and then its over. Its a tradition, just let them do it. It makes for some great photos trust me. The sabre arch looks awesome, then the “stop” looks great in photos, and if youre laughing, it captures raw emotion. I promise its not as bad as it sounds =o)
Post # 9
Suck it up and smile! Its jsut for fun and you’ll have enough cush from your dress you’ll be fine. It doesnt hurt its just a swat. Its fun -go with it!