All being well, I’m getting married soon; a few folks have asked if I’ll wear No.1’s… What are our thoughts?
My partners reaction was that he rather I didn’t (then very flatteringly qualified it with “I wouldn’t mind if you were in the real RAF…”).
I thought I’d probably go in a three piece suit anyway and hadn’t given it too much thought. But then it made me wonder though.
I have family/friends who have served and some of them even started in the ATC, so for those funerals when one day they come around I wouldn’t hesitate to put it on as a nod to their service. Curiously my partner agrees that funerals for veteran family and friends would be an appropriate time to uniform up… (despite not being real)
I think it’s a different principle. At a funeral you want to hold onto connections with the deceased. I know scout leaders who would wear their scout uniform to a fellow leaders funeral. When a fellow referee died we all wore our blazers
as funeral is a more “ceremonial” occasion than a wedding it is a better fit.
the only occasions i have worn my NO1s to funerals was for funerals of CFAVs - now I think about it i have done it three times and one had a wake in the local pub which was taken over by us all (somehow it was more fitting we were all in uniform being CFAVs than “civilians” in black suits behaving in the same manner).
to counter the comment about the Scout necker (ie hobby) - I have worn, and is standard practise for RBL members to wear the RBL “uniform” (which does include medals) to a members funeral, but again this is a funeral rather than a wedding so different to the situation the OP is discussing
Wore mine to a wedding I was best man at - Grooms choice (after getting approval) but up to him and his better half on that day.
In theory my big day is in 3 months but I’ll be in a suit - I just don’t want to wear it as I have more in my life than cadets (and I don’t want the focus to be taken away from 'er indoors!)
Wore uniform to 4 funerals in the past. Two ex CFAV’s (one FS who succumbed to cancer whilst still in the org - one ex OC of the sqn I’m current OC of), one ex padre (Sqn and Wing padre) and one cadet.
Subject to OC Wg / Wg Ex O / Sqn Ldr CCF HQAC approval and current security situations, personnel may wear No 1 SD at private weddings, civil
partnership registrations and funerals. Prior to the event individuals are to check with their Wg/CCF staff who can liaise with RAFP or MOD Police regarding the
current security situation