A military wedding may be officiated by a Christian minister in a church or Jewish rabbi in a synagogue. The military wedding may also be held at a chapel on the base site. Those who marry at a military chapel are military academy graduates, a child of the graduate, a staff member or a faculty member. When the grooms residence is at a military post, officers and their spouses, as well as civilians are invited to the wedding and reception. The American flag is displayed at the wedding.
If the service is performed by a military chaplain, there is never a fee. He or she should be consulted before hiring musicians or a photographer.
Military custom dictates that a formal invitation to the reception be extended to the chaplain and his or her spouse.