Our Arch of Love

There’s a military tradition set aside for special occasions that I’m really excited to include at our wedding. Actually, I get really giddy when I think about doing this. I’m so proud of Kenny and what he does that I get very happy about beginning this particular chapter.

The tradition is called a Saber Arch, and to explain it I’m copying and pasting from Wikipedia. Yes, I know it’s not always the most reliable source, but it explains it pretty well, so read on.
Immediately after the marriage ceremony is officiated, usually but not always in a building such as a church or chapel, the saber team positions itself in formation just outside the doorway, with typically six or eight saber bearers taking part. The guests of the wedding are afforded the opportunity to assemble outside to view the event before it begins.

On the command, the saber team raises their sabers into a high arch, with tips nearly touching and the blades facing up and away from the bride and groom. As the newly married couple exits the building, the senior usher announces, “Ladies and Gentlemen, it is my honor to present to you (Rank) and Mr/s. (insert name).”

The bride and groom proceed into the arch, and as the couple passes through, the last two saber bearers usually lower the sabers in front of the couple, detaining them momentarily and requests that the couple to kiss before passing through.

Before releasing the couple, the saber bearer to the couple’s left gives the bride a gentle swat on her backside with his saber, announcing “Welcome to the (insert branch)!”

After the couple leaves the arch, the saber team recovers on command and dissolves formation. Only the bride and groom pass under the arch.

Ah. I just can’t wait. 🙂

And because I’m on a military high, here is one photo that I can’t stop looking at and hope our photographer can replicate:


  1. I would have loved to have a saber arch, it just wasn't in the cards for us though.

    Love the pic of the dog tags with the rings! I never even thought of that!

  2. I LOVE the picture of the dog tags and rings. When Jer and I got married it was during his I.R.R. years so we decided not to do a military wedding- at that point he didn't think he would re-enlist. Funny how things change!

  3. That is pretty amazing… when we got married Pave was only suposed to stay in for another 18 months, so he didn't want the military to be part of our wedding, since it would have been such a short part of our marriage. All his groomsmen were bummed because instead of wearing blues, they had to go rent tuxes! Knowing now that we are doing life, I wish I would have insisted! It's going to be beautiful for you!

  4. I love the traditions in the military weddings! It makes things so unique and it's very touching because of what it stands for. I think you are lucky to be able to incorporate that in your special day, it means a lot, even to people who aren't in the military. I think it's wonderful!

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