Weddings are big business. There are hundreds of details that add up to thousands of dollars for each wedding. Most of us know that, right? We’ve all been a part of a wedding in some way.
Did you know though, that marketing wedding services to military personnel is huge? If you are planning a wedding and are or were in the military or are a soon to be the spouse of a military person, you should be getting exclusive discounts for pretty much everything you purchase.
Some industries trend towards more military discounts than others. Home improvement does a nice job. I think apparel needs to do better. Museums and family attractions do a really nice job. Now, I’ll add the wedding industry in the thumbs-up column.
Wedding Military Discounts
Militaryweddingdiscounts.com is a great website that has taken it upon themselves to keep track of a lot of the discounts available. Their Twitter feed is also really impressive, they send out dozens of tweets per day all listing discounts for specific wedding services. Separate from that great site, there are stories on the wire almost weekly about photographers, event planners, and destinations announcing military discounts for their services.
A Beach Wedding For You offers service members a 10-percent discount on Florida weddings in Pensacola Beach, Navarre, Perdido Key, Orange Beach, or Gulf Shores. Choose a pre-designed package (regular prices start at $595), or opt for a customized ceremony. The company makes it easy for couples by arranging every detail — the bride need only bring her dress. Call (850) 512-7115 for information.
Clifton Inn in Charlottesville, Va., offers a 25-percent military discount off the facility fee. This is a beautiful inn — small (just 17 rooms) and elegant (member of the esteemed Relais & Chateaux) with a stately southern mansion and 100 acres of rolling lawns in the shadows of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Every bride will have a day-of-wedding coordinator and a personal assistant who handles all the details. Find more information about weddings. The offer is valid only for weddings Sunday through Thursday. Call (434) 971-1800.
International Palms, a large resort in Cocoa Beach, offers a free ceremony site (value up to $1,000) to active duty servicemembers who book a reception for 75 or more. The resort, on Florida’s “Space Coast,” is near Port Canaveral and Kennedy Space Center. Its amenities include a heated Junior Olympic pool, pirate-themed kids’ pool, and a sports complex with tennis courts, shuffleboard, sand volleyball, and half-court basketball. Guests also can enjoy the resort’s full-service beach activities center, gave room/arcade, complimentary Wi-Fi, four restaurants and lounges, and live entertainment and shows. Find more information about weddings. The offer is valid for weddings Sunday through Friday only. Call (321) 392-1603 to learn more.
If you are planning a wedding, take the same advice that you often get from militarydiscountcentral.com—ask! Shop around, call and compare, and ask for a military discount. To have your location, your florist, and your photographer, all be supporters of your military service and show it with a discount can only make your special day just that much more perfect.