At least once a year each military branch launches a formal military ball dress in which couples can attend. It is an interesting time for military communities to get together, but often times, couples get anxious about what to expect as they honorably represent their member support service. Each branch creates their event differently, so some of the following advice varies. However, here are a few typical things spouses may want to understand about military balls dress:


Dressing up for the military ball

A military ball dress is a great option to dress up and feel like a princess.

What to Wear

In a military ball dress, service members wear dress blue or the A class uniforms whilst guests complement them with formal attire. Male guests typically wear dark suits with a bow tie or a tuxedo. Women dress up knee- to floor-length gowns, but also have the choice of cocktail dresses, as long as accessories are minimal. Patterns and bright colors should be neglected. Women are not hoped to get their hair professionally done, but some sport fancy curls or elegant hairdos. Because spouses will be greeting guests with handshakes, hands should be well groomed. As a woman selects to wear gloves, proper glove protocol consists of removing the right glove and holding it in the left hand as meeting other guests.

Cocktail Hour

The night kicks off about 5 or 6 with a cocktail hour where member service and guests can mingle. There may also be a photographer for formal photos. Only be sure to pace any drinking you may do, since when the cocktail hour ends it is typically time for the getting line.


Receiving Line

Before you head to the getting line, ensure to leave all food, drink, additional garments and umbrellas in the testing area. Women are allowed to bring their purses with them. As walking as a couple, women walk in front of the men in a single-status line, even if the woman is the service member. The first person you will encounter is the announcer and you do not shake his or her hand. You simply smile or are said by your last name. As you continue through the line, short sayings are appropriate, such as, “Good evening, it’s nice to meet you.”