A wedding is a tradition in and of itself, but within a wedding there are many opportunities for a couple to connect to their history, heritage, family, and values. We’re excited to introduce this new series, Wedding Traditions, where real brides and grooms share the traditions they included in their big day, and what the tradition means to them.
From Erica, the bride: “Our service member guests and the bridal party from the Navy, Marine Corp, and Air Force all wore their military branch’s dress uniform for the wedding. It was a really great way to represent Alex’s occupation and his experience at the Naval Academy. In addition, we also entered our ceremony through a Naval and Marine Corp Sword Arch. At most weddings it is usually pretty quiet during this tradition, but our guests couldn’t contain themselves and began cheering half way through. It was so much fun!”
From Kara, the bride: “The saber arch is traditionally used in military weddings to salute the new bride and groom. Josh’s sister, who married an Army officer, also had a saber arch in her wedding. Only the bride and groom walk through the arch itself, and are introduced at the end of the arch by one of the bearers. After the introduction, and a quick kiss, the bride gets a pat on the bum with a saber by another bearer, who says “welcome to the Army!” Our saber bearers were friends that were in the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets with Josh and commissioned into the military, and we also each had a friend from home that was able to participate. The lucky bearer who got to pat my bum is actually a friend of mine who I’ve known since kindergarten!”
Did you include any meaningful traditions in your wedding? Send us a pic and a paragraph at firstname.lastname@example.org.