Planning a wedding can be difficult enough for the average bride or groom, but planning a wedding around a military schedule poses unique challenges. Fortunately, there are ways that you can prepare for the unexpected changes that come with your situation. Here are all the tips you need to know for planning a wedding with your military partner.

Be Prepared for Changes

Having a military partner can make planning wedding dates and times difficult. You might be working around both planned and unexpected deployment dates. During the planning process, it helps to lay out both of your expectations for the wedding and know what each partner’s preferences are. This way, if your partner is called back to service, you can continue the planning process on their behalf. Additionally, consider investing in wedding insurance. Some services can help cover certain wedding expenses in the event of an unexpected deployment or relocation closer to the wedding day.

Hire a Wedding Planner

Having a wedding planner is useful for any couple getting married but especially so for military couples. If you can’t contact your military partner, having a wedding planner to discuss plans and choices with can be a huge relief. A professional wedding planner will help you stay organized and on track through the bumps in the road that can come with planning a military wedding. Your wedding planner can also act as a point of contact for your soon-to-be spouse and offer information and updates on the wedding plans to them as well.

Include Military Traditions

Embrace your background as a military couple by incorporating traditional military ceremony practices or lingo into your big day. For example, invite your guests who are also service members to wear their uniforms or ask them to participate in a saber arch. Including these types of traditions in your wedding is even better if you’re both involved in the military. One of the benefits of being in a dual military relationship is understanding each other’s lingo and practices. Have some fun and introduce some of your military influences into your wedding planning.

While planning a wedding with a military partner can be difficult at times, it’s also a special opportunity to collaborate with your partner. With these tips for planning a military wedding, you can collaborate with your military partner, whether they’re right by your side or halfway across the world. With the right planning, your military wedding will be a special day you will remember forever.

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