Originally Posted by PeteC
My fiancee was opposed to wearing a dress uniform, as was I. She is fine with the miniature medals. I'm going to encourage other vets and current military members in attendance to wear theirs as well.
I served in the Marine Corps and had been out for a few years by the time I got married. My fiance's father was a Vietnam-era Navy Commander, my father and one of my uncles were Korea vets, me and quite a few of my friends had served in places like Iraq, Afghanistan, and Kosovo. There was a good representation of both active duty and veterans on both sides of the aisle. We even had a special wedding greeting done by one of my former bosses, the recently retired General Peter Pace (my bride's father contacted him unbeknownst to me; I was just a lowly Corporal at the time I worked for him and the more I learned about his political leanings after working for him, the less I wanted to do with him, but that's another story...). Our wedding also happened to fall on Veteran's Day weekend (totally unplanned... the facility we wanted the reception at was booked solid our first two choices).
To make a long story short... I wore a few selected miniature medals on my tuxedo. To wear everything I rated would have looked pretty silly. Not because I have a fruit salad like Chesty Puller but because I think the miniatures in general look weird. Maybe it's because we're just not used to seeing them. We encouraged the active duty and the veterans attending to do the same and had quite a good response of folks participating along with a few Marines, Sailors, and even a couple chAir Force active duty in their dress uniforms.
In reality, I don't think a few miniature medals would look too busy with a flower and pocket square. I wore four medals and a small, simple flower - no pocket square.