Military wedding resources

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Bridal gown giveaway for military brides

Nationwide Military Wedding Gown Giveaway Event (Brides Across America)
Bridal salons are uniting across America to donate and giving away wedding gowns to qualified military brides. You may qualify even if you had a civil ceremony and are planning an upcoming wedding.

Military wedding contests and other opportunities

Blissful Elopements (Chattanooga, TN)
Military Monday Elopements is a FREE service exclusively for active duty US military service members and is our way of giving a little something back to the families who give up so much.

It was inspired by the commitment and vision of our CEO, as a sophisticated alternative to the “courthouse” wedding. This service is for all active US military members regardless of branch of service, time in the military, or rank. By volunteering one day a month to those active duty military members wishing for a more romantic setting with a more personal celebration, rather than the County Clerks Office or a trip to Vegas, we have stepped up to serve those who serve.

Military Monday Elopements are held on the 1st Monday of the Month. Only 4 time slots available per day. Elopements to be held at a park in Chattanooga, TN TBD at least 4 weeks prior.

* Couple & up to 4 guests only

Chapel at the Farm (Gilbert, AZ)
Chapel At The Farm supports our active military families with complimentary weddings or vow renewals every Tuesday of the month.

This is our 12 guest Simply Charming Chapel Wedding Package. Vow renewals can be private with just the two of you or share the day with up to 12 guests. A reservation is required and you will need to show your military ID and provide marriage license.  

If you would like more guests, a different day of the week, or a different package we offer a discounted rate on all of our packages (other than our 99.00 elopement package) for active military.

Country Club of Roswell (Roswell, GA)
Country Club of Roswell is hosting an event this year where our plan is to offer three free weddings and mini receptions to three military couples. The weddings would be on November 25, 2017. We will offer a 30-minute ceremony with officiant in the garden at the club, along with a 2-hour reception in the ballroom for up to 100 guests with heavy hors d’oeuvres, DJ, staff, tables, linens, house centerpieces and chairs- all free.

Press release - LINK
5K Fun Run/Walk - LINK
Wedding application - LINK

Free Military Elopement (San Diego, CA)
"Serving those that serve us!"
Celebrating our 10 Year Anniversary in 2017 and proud to have performed over 500 FREE elopements as a a public service and philanthropic effort of Vows From The Heart Ministries, Elope to San Diego™ and My Wedding Friends® as an alternative to the “Courthouse” wedding for all active military members regardless of branch of service, time in the military or rank.

Each Military Mondays couple received a FREE romantic ceremony and FREE professional wedding photography. Our Military Mondays heroes (aka: volunteers) are NEVER compensated financially nor are donations asked for to pay for professional services (regular or reduced). 

The dictionary defines philanthropic as; showing concern for humanity by performing charitable actions. No games, No ticks, No hidden fees or charges… Just a simple way to say Thank You for your service! (San Diego, CA)
Thank you for serving our country! This appreciation program is my way of showing support for your happiness as you serve our country. There is no catch. As long as there are funds available, I will write a check for your marriage license to the County Clerk's office here in San Diego. I will also cut my fee to officiate your marriage and use available donations to pay for it. You can get married at your choice of locations in San Diego.

Lo Caruthers Photography Military Appreciation Wedding Giveaway
Lo Caruthers Photography has a giveaway for FREE wedding photography to an active duty - or- veteran military member getting married in the San Antonio area! Enter by August 31, 2017. 

Weddings for Warriors (Savannah, GA)
Since 2009 the people of Savannah, Georgia, the Southeast and now across the United States, provide free vow-renewals and weddings to active duty military couples.

Weddings for Warriors announces another event. We have provided this service seven times since 2009 and will once again hold our gala event on January 18, 2017.

In 2009 The Savannah Wedding Tourism Council launched the project entitled Weddings for Warriors.  The event provided free wedding ceremonies and vow renewals to active US military personnel. That project turned into Weddings For Warriors, Inc.

Weddings For Warriors, Inc. (W4W)  joined with other businesses in the wedding, hospitality and tourism industries in the Savannah area to create individual ceremonies for each couple and a grand reception for all. The W4W board is composed of members from the wedding, tourism and hospitality industries in the Savannah Area. Active duty military members are invited to participate in the event held in Savannah, GA. In the past, volunteers from across the Southeast, from Wisconsin to Florida provided goods and services at no cost to the SWTC or to the couples.

Military wedding books

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Military Weddings and the Military Ball
Authors: Mary Preston; Tomlinson, Mickey Gross, Copyright @ 1983

The Military Wedding
Author: Vanessa Baldwin, Copyright @ 2008

As a wedding consultant, who specializes in military weddings, I hear brides, who are trying to plan military weddings, lament about the lack of information available about military weddings. Brides are marrying later and are better educated. Even if they are hiring a wedding consultant to plan a military wedding, the brides still want to know as much as possible. Most wedding planning and etiquette books briefly address military weddings, but not to the satisfaction of most military brides. There are situations that face the bride or groom marrying a military person that a civilian couple doesn't always have to face. In addition to embarking on a new journey as a married couple, the military wedding is the beginning of a whole new way of life and culture. A severe case of culture shock may manifest once the new military spouse arrives at the spouse's duty location. Welcome to the brave new world of military jargon, acronyms, ID cards, wives' clubs, customs and courtesies, personnel reassignments, deployments and on and on. Becoming a military spouse is also an exciting adventure--full of new and exotic places, as well as challenges that will test the foundation of your marriage. Or, it will strengthen your partnership as husband and wife, bound by the fondest memories of shared experiences, adventures and challenges conquered. It's enough to make a strong person weak in the knees. It's not a life for the faint of heart.

So, this book, The Military Wedding, has been written to make the experience less harrowing and more enjoyable. This book is mainly written for the civilian bride marrying a military groom, but I will try not to overlook the civilian groom marrying a military woman and the military bride and groom. A few paragraphs, as found in most books, won't answer your questions. Consider this your military wedding planning manual or special operating instruction to supplement your main wedding planning guide.
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