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Getting Married in the Military – The Essentials
Making the decision to get married may be one of the most significant choices of your life. Deciding to marry a service member can present unique challenges and may add an extra layer of complexity. Military OneSource provides answers to your questions about getting married in the military and guides you from walking down the aisle to connecting to your new service family to keep your relationship military strong.
Here are some important things to keep in mind:
Make sure your relationship is military strong.
Thinking of marrying a service member? There are lots of great reasons to marry and several key factors to consider when making this lifelong commitment. Review our checklist and articles to see if your relationship is military strong.
Understand the traditions and customs when planning a military wedding.
Planning your wedding can be exciting, and there are a lot of details involved, especially for weddings on a military installation. Although there’s no official protocol for military weddings, you might want to incorporate some military traditions into your big day. And you’ll want to follow the rules and regulations regarding the wearing of uniforms and the use of proper military titles on invitations, name cards and seating charts. Check out our helpful list of things to consider as you plan your wedding ceremony.
- Find a chapel at MilitaryINSTALLATIONS
- CREDO Marriage Enrichment
- Air Force MarriageCare retreats – Check with your installation’s chaplain to see what’s available in your area.
Be sure to complete your paperwork.
When you get married in the military, filling out a pile of paperwork is a necessary and important step to beginning your new life in the military community. Military OneSource provides you with a list of key to-do’s you may not want to miss — from getting a copy of your marriage certificate and a military identification card to asking your spouse to enroll you in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System, or DEERS, and more. Call Military OneSource 800-342-9647 to speak with a consultant. OCONUS/International? Click here for calling options.