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    Marrying a paratrooper-any advice?

    Hi, my partner is doing his basic traing at the moment to become a paratrooper. We have been engaged for a few years now and we want to get married asap one he has completed his training! I want to get married in November next year and hopefully we will get marraige quarters soon after in colchester.

    Has anyone married a para? did you get married in the army church in colchester (is there one)?

    Is there a process or any rules and regulations to follow when marrying a soldier?

    As you can see i'm totally clueless about this and my partner doesn't want to start asking this type of questions yet as he is so new in training!

    Any help/advice would be greatly appreciated!

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    Re: Marrying a paratrooper-any advice?

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    Welcome to RP and congratulations on your upcoming wedding!

    Have you been to Colchester yet - I think its a lovely place, shops are fab x

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    Re: Marrying a paratrooper-any advice?

    Hi, I just got married on Friday after my husband finished training. We married at a register office. When he gets told his first posting he will need to write a letter asking for permission just to be polite. They can also issue him leave, so for example my husband finished training and they issued him a weeks leave when he finished to get married as he was supposed to start his posting straight away. If he speaks to one of the sargeants at his phase 2 training they will advise him what to do, they are quite helpful.

    Can't help with churches, sorry!

    Also best to apply for quarters as soon as he gets his posting if you are planning on marrying and have set a date as sometimes it can take a while depending on where it is. they will just ask that once you are married ythat you send the certificate off. Our application took 7 weeks, so we started it before we got married.Again though once he gets posting the housing people will advise you on that

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    Re: Marrying a paratrooper-any advice?

    There is a garrison church in Colchester. I personally didn't get married there but went to a friends wedding there and it was a lovely service and the grounds offer some nice scenery for photographs.
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    Hi and welcome to RP!

    I got married in August to a Royal Marine and my hubby had to write to every bloody one to try and get some leave for the wedding. So I would get him (not yet if you're planning a Nov '11 wedding hehe) to find out who he has to write to and get him to secure some leave. As MrsAGC said, apply for MQ's as soon as you can.

    As for Colchester, I don't know what the area is like as I have never been there.

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    Re: Marrying a paratrooper-any advice?

    colchester is wonderful, you'll have such fun here!! i've been with my fiancee a few years and he's para. Cant really give you any advice on churches or housing cos we're not doing the whole big army wedding business and already have a house not through the army lol!!! But let me know if you need anything else!! Enjoy xxx

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    Re: Marrying a paratrooper-any advice?

    Hi there!

    I am indeed a wife of a para (a newish one - we got married July). We got informed we had a quarter before we got married and had to provide the welfare office with notice from the registrar that we were going to be married. However we didn't move in until the month after we got hitched.

    There is indeed a church on the estate - I hear it's not as nice as the old one but all I've seen of it is the outside! (Think it might burst into flames if I went in there anyway). And there's the Musket Club right next to it for your party if the mood takes you?

    I believe a brief and polite letter to the boss is necessary but I'm not sure what hubs did because he takes care of all the army 'cr@p' (his word, not mine) and I quite like it that way!!

    As for Colchester, we moved 4 hours away to come here and I was very nervous that I'd hate it and have no friends I'd like/trust. It's quite the opposite!! The kids are in a good school and I've made lots of friends!!

    When you say he's in training - does this mean he's passed P-Company yet or is it his first weeks infantry training he's in?


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    Re: Marrying a paratrooper-any advice?

    welcome, and congratulations on your iminent nuptuals!

    And congrats to MrsAGC too... everyone's getting wed it seems!
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    Re: Marrying a paratrooper-any advice?

    Thank u, do u know how much it costs to get married in the garrison church? I'm not religious but my partners family are and he would like to get married in a church so i'd jus like to compare prices with other venues .

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    Re: Marrying a paratrooper-any advice?

    nearlyparawife - Google is always your friend Church weddings costings

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    Re: Marrying a paratrooper-any advice?

    I'll say hi and welcome to RP. I can't help you with anything though I am afraid as I got married in a register office (was a divorcee, and really really don't do religion). Moved to Germany 4 days later - your OH can apply for a qtr prior to your wedding and they will allocate but you will have to produce your wedding certificate within a certain time period.
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    Re: Marrying a paratrooper-any advice?

    Hello and welcome,

    Colchester is a lovely place, I spent 8 years there, unrelated to my being on RP. It is the place I feel most a home at when I go visit. Not sure why, the town in lovely, or it could be all my good friends there.

    Probably the latter. The garrison has change a great deal since I been there, so not got much advice on that. Frippery is a lovely shop for girly things and there are some good schools too.

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