Special Edition: Honoring our Military Members

In honor of such a patriotic week, with elections, the Marine Corps 241st birthday, and Veteran's Day, this week's post is a special tribute to our veterans and active service members who have sacrificed so much to keep our nation safe. Thank you for your service! 

If you are military or have military members in your family, you understand how much our service men and women sacrifice to serve and protect our amazing country and you may wonder how you can celebrate your veterans at your wedding. Besides the traditional elements of a military wedding, there are a number of ways you can celebrate military members at your wedding.  

Make a special announcement. Plan to be announced to your reception? Why not have your DJ make a special announcement to acknowledge each service member attending your wedding. If you have many extended family members or friends in the military, you can add a line to your RSVP requesting the title of each guest so that they may be properly announced. Or you can just have the DJ request for all active and former service members to stand for a round of applause. 

Have a special song or make a special toast. You can have the DJ announce a special song to honor your veterans and active service members. If you have enough attending your wedding, have the DJ call all active service members and their significant others out to the dance floor to share a song. Do this after your first dance and parent dances so that the DJ can transition for everyone to come out on the dance floor afterwards.  You can also make a special toast if you have a personal story to tell or one or two special guests to honor.  

Have a special table or place setting. You can seat your honored guests at a special table or have a special place setting in recognition of their service. Rather than their regular setting, they may have a setting thanking them for their service or a mini flag so that guests can recognize their service. Or you could set up a side table next to the cake table to have a special honor tribute to service members with service member thank yous. 

There are so many ways you can honor and celebrate the military members in your family on one of the most important days of your life. And with a little creativity, the possibilities are truly endless. Once again, thank you to all who have served our country in any capacity. You make our country the amazing place it is.