Effective October 1, 2021
Weddings at the U.S. Naval Academy will be supported by the
Naval Academy Business Services Division (NABSD) for a fee.
Accordingly, NABSD (a non-appropriated funded instrumentality) will assume responsibilities for scheduling, rehearsal, vehicle access, and various other event related actions. For weddings, NABSD will assess a fee for services rendered, as appropriate. For more information, please e-mail the wedding scheduler.
Weddings to be conducted in the Brigade of Midshipmen 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 non-married (unmarried and not previously married) Naval Academy alumni, military staff and faculty members; active-duty military members assigned to Naval Support Activity Annapolis and active-duty military personnel living in the immediate vicinity of the Chapel who regularly attend Chapel services.
Arrangements for pre-marital counseling should be coordinated at the couple's local chapel, church, or synagogue (a certificate of completion will be required). Detailed information pertaining to the Roman Catholic Sacrament of Marriage can be found at the links below. Please take special note that full nuptual Masses can only be celebrated for couples who have not been previously married. This includes those only married civilly. Convalidations can be celebrated in some cases: USNA Catholic Wedding Guidelines
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.
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