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Here are some resources from as you prepare to spend your life with your loved one:

Planning a Military Wedding Doesn't Have to be a Saber-Rattling Experience: Unlike other areas of the military service, there are no steadfast rules in the marriage process. Getting married by a Navy chaplain really is not much different than getting married by a civilian minister, priest, or rabbi. The only differences occur in the way a couple chooses to marry. ...

When it Comes to Engagements, Manners Matter: With marriage proposals modernizing into an "anything goes" mentality, long-standing proposal customs are often considered optional, adding confusion to what's considered proper when it comes to proposing. In fact, a recent proposal survey conducted by Harris Interactive revealed that 68 percent of Americans agree that there's no "right" way to propose. ...

Book Recommendations - Planning Your Wedding: Have you read a great wedding planning book?  Let us know so that we can add it to our book lists for others to enjoy.

Marriage - Before or After Deployment: Deciding to get married is one of the most important decisions a couple will make together. If one or both of you are facing deployment, you may feel pressure to get married right away, before you are separated. It is never a good idea to rush into a marriage. If your relationship is strong, it will survive a deployment. ...

Create a Beautiful Wedding on a Budget: Few people realize that having a beautiful wedding does not require spending their entire savings. If you're planning a wedding, learning where to cut costs and how to budget will leave you with money to spare. ...

Marriage: More Than Wedding Cake: Happily ever after begins right after the wedding, right? Perhaps in movies and fairy tales, but not in real life, and certainly not with the additional challenges that the military brings to a marriage. Romantic love, although known to cause giddiness in young women and loss of all reason in young men, is not the stuff that true marriages are made of. ...

Tricare - Life Events: Marriage: When a service member marries (active duty, retired, etc), his or her spouse becomes eligible for military benefits including TRICARE. However, there are certain steps that a sponsor must take to ensure that his or her new spouse is eligible for TRICARE. First, the sponsor must register the new spouse in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS) by visiting a military identification (ID) card office. The sponsor will need to provide a copy of the marriage certificate. ...

Avoiding Divorce Pre-Wedding: Making Your Marriage Last: She has the jitters. He has cold feet. They're taking the plunge. These sayings poke fun at the way people sometimes feel before their wedding day, but some engaged couples may seriously worry that their feelings are more than just a case of the butterflies. ...

Are You Getting Married for the Right Reasons? Myths of Marrying in the Military : A Sailor getting fresh air on the deck of a ship says to his buddy, "I can't wait to get back home. I wish I could get a place of my own in town, but I'll be stuck living on this ship." The other Sailor, unflatteringly regarded as a "sea lawyer," responds, "Hey, why don't you just marry another Sailor, and then you'll get paid more money to live off base and always be stationed together?"

Getting Married Again: Second Chances: it's a perfect time to start over with a second, better marriage. Or is it? The rate of divorce in second marriages is 5 to 10 percent higher than in firsts, according to Dr. Neil Warren, a psychologist who has counseled thousands of couples, written two books, and frequently speaks on the subject. ...

Strengthening Your Marriage by Setting Personal Goals: Married and military means you may face challenges that your civilian friends won't. Deployment, moves, and living far from family are just a few of the lifestyle quirks that come with active duty. Like any relationship, a marriage takes work and effort from both partners. One way to strengthen a marriage, even when separated by deployment, is through personal growth. ...

Marriage Thrives on Sharing: Sharing keeps marriage on an even keel, and sharing ideas, friends, and responsibilities is a valuable goal for Navy and Marine Corps newlyweds. However, men and women are often worlds apart when it comes to sharing, especially sharing ideas. Because couples often suffer from the "he said, she said" syndrome common to relationships, reaching these goals requires planning and effort. ...

Five numbers you need to know about your fiancé: ... However, JJ Montanaro, a non-commissioned certified financial planner at USAA, says that it’s vital to understand your fiancé’s financial situation since it will become a shared responsibility for better or for worse. He says there are five important numbers you should know about your fiancé before you get married...

Marrying Your Credit - Free financial advice: It's not easy merging your finances. But Nicole and Luke have talked about it in great detail and have been very honest with each other. That's certainly an approach that June Walbert, a Certified Financial Planner™ practitioner with USAA, recommends. ...

Also, be sure to check out our local resources.  Find your installation and there you will find military friendly businesses to help you in your wedding planning.  Our partners offer military discounts and incentives for your wedding.  Look for these categories at your local installation:

  • Photographers (Professional Services)
  • Reception Venues & Caterers (Professional Services)
  • Specifal Event Entertainment (Professional Services)
  • Wedding Misc (Professional Services)
  • Wedding Planners (Professional Services)
  • Bakeries (Dining) 
  • Formal Wear (Shopping)
  • Florists (Shopping)




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