Everyone loves a man or woman in uniform! And it is precisely the uniform that distinguishes a military wedding from a civilian wedding. There may be specific protocol requirements that need to be followed, but these will vary with the military branch and rank. The protocol officers are experts in the area.
Men and women usually wear their uniforms to a military wedding. There are different types of uniforms that are appropriate and the government has specific guidelines.
- Brides: military uniforms or wedding gowns are both appropriate
- Mess Dress Uniform: a dark-blue uniform, but during the summer months, the army and navy men may wear white pants – appropriate for all types of formal weddings.
- Class-A or Service Dress Uniform: similar to the Mess Dress Uniforms, these are also dark blue and sometimes with white pants – appropriate at a semiformal event
- Groomsmen: if any of the groomsmen are members of a different service than the groom they wear a uniform of comparable formality to his
- Bridesmaids: navy gowns will complement the men’s uniforms, but any colour may be worn
- Fathers of the bride and groom: if they are active or retired officers they may wear uniforms
- Mothers of the bride and groom: if they are active or retired officers they may wear uniforms or traditional wedding attire
- Non-military wedding party members: wear traditional wedding clothes of the same level of formality as those in uniform
- Gloves: the groom and best man do not wear gloves because they will be handling the rings. Ushers must wear white gloves throughout the ceremony
- Boutonnieres: they are not worn on uniforms – military decorations are worn instead
The Toronto Wedding Chapel is a favourite among military men and women. Are you planning a military wedding?