Lieutenant Ahmed Waheed will today become the first serviceman to have a military wedding under the Maldives National Defence Force (MNDF). The event will take place this evening at Kalhuthuhkalaa Koshi.
The bride’s name has not been disclosed.
First Lieutenant Abdulla Ali said devising and getting approval for military weddings has been a long time coming, but is pleased that servicemen can now appreciate something commonly provided by national forces around the world.
“The main difference between a military wedding and a normal wedding in the Maldives the honor guard,” Ali said. “The couple will have a ceremony in the court, and then will be received by an honor guard for a reception. There will be a bugle call, and then the couple will pass by a sword team and request permission from the guards. It will be a formal and official event.”
Military weddings are not restricted to certain ranks, reports Haveeru.
Ceremony costs, however, are the responsibility of the serviceman.