In lieu of the Veteran Day holiday I wanted to share some interesting fact from U.S. Military Traditions that our couples did at their wedding:
At a wedding, an officer, warrant or staff noncommissioned officer passes his sword and presents it to his bride, by laying the sword over his left forearm, cutting edge away from the body, hilt towards the bride. The bride takes the sword and cuts the wedding cake, with the groom’s right hand resting over hers on the sword’s hilt and with his left arm free to place around his bride. There is no ornamentation to the saber. It must remain un-decorated.
Photo credit: Roderick Heath
After the blessing, the bride and groom turn, face the guests and remain there while the saber bearers get into position. As the guests stand, the bride and groom start the recessional, passing beneath the arch. After the newlyweds have walked through, the commands “Carry Sabers” “Rear Face” and “Forward March” will move the saber bears to the outside of the chapel to prepare for the second arch. Only the bride and groom pass under the arch.