Weddings to be conducted in the United States Naval Academy Chapel are scheduled no more than one year in advance. Persons desiring to be married in the Chapel must have completed pre-marital counseling prior to the wedding.
Use of the Chapel for weddings is limited to Naval Academy alumni, military staff and faculty members; active-duty military members assigned to Naval Station Annapolis and active-duty military personnel living in the immediate vicinity of the Chapel who also regularly attend Chapel services.
There is no charge for the services of the Naval Academy's expert and experienced wedding coordinator and her staff of efficient and accommodating volunteer wedding hostesses. Our wedding coordinator will schedule weddings, advise couples contemplating marriage and place them in contact with chaplains of their religious tradition, assist in wedding planning, vet vendors and contractors, instruct them on USNA and chapel policies, manage access requests for guests, contractors, and vendors, assist the chaplains in conducting rehearsals and in ensuring that your wedding run smoothly. USNA chaplains strongly discourage couples from hiring outside wedding coordinators and do not permit them to function in the USNA chapels or associated spaces.
Arrangements for pre-marital counseling for Naval Academy alumni should be coordinated directly with the Academy chaplain assigned. In most cases, pre-marriage counseling for couples residing outside the immediate vicinity of Annapolis should be arranged by the individual couple at their local chapel or synagogue (a certificate of completion will be required).
Detailed information pertaining to the Roman Catholic Sacrament of Marriage can be found at the following links:
Questions often arise concerning ceremonial swords, their wear, and conducting a sword arch. Marine Corps Order 5060.20, The Marine Corps Drill and Ceremonies Manual, can be extremely helpful as you plan your special day. Please read through chapter 5, the Sword Manual, in order to familiarize yourself with it. This same instruction should prove just as useful to Navy Officers and NCO's as it does Marine Corps Officers and NCO's as they prepare for their wedding. Part 1 of the instruction is included below:
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For more information, please e-mail the wedding scheduler.