Wedding Rehearsal Dinner: Rehearsal Dinner Invitation Wording for Military Couple?

Q:

Our son is a lieutenant colonel in the Air Force and is marrying a girl who's a lieutenant in the Navy. Do we use their military rank when wording the rehearsal dinner invitation, or do we just say "David and Tara"?

A:

There's no official military rule that says you should include your son's and future daughter-in-law's military rank or service branch on the rehearsal dinner invites. This is because the rehearsal dinner invite is considered to be a much more casual party than the wedding reception; it's not an "official command event" by the military, so to speak. "Tara and David" will work just fine.

That said, the military does dictate how a formal wedding invitation should be worded (which usually means including both their rank and service branch). So, in their case, the wedding invitation should read something like this:

Tara Hill
Lieutenant
US Navy

And

David Allgood
Lieutenant Colonel
US Air Force

Hope this helps!