And believe me, I’ve been to more than my fair share of battalion and brigade balls.
I am so happy with how this year’s ball went! From my dress, to the hotel and childcare, everything went off without a hitch and I would do it all again!
Military balls are the crown jewel of military events. They are a celebration of a job well done, the anniversary of the forming of the branch of service or the dedication of the unit. In reality, they are the Super Bowl of social functions, especially for spouses. The attire is formal, no children are allowed and it is all anyone is talking about for a solid month before and after the event. There are so many parts to plan, it can make your head spin.
For new spouses planning for a military ball can be daunting. For my first ball, I was not only concerned with doing everything affordably but I also wanted to make sure everything was done appropriately. Military etiquette can be a tricky thing to navigate. Every battalion and brigade commander brings a different vibe and behavior can skew depending on who is running the show that year.
Over the next few days I will be posting about all the different elements of a military ball. There will be posts on attire, hotel and transportation, and childcare options as well as common military ball traditions and etiquette!! I look forward to sharing one the best (and most daunting) aspects of military life with you!!