In 2009 The Savannah Wedding Tourism Council launched the project entitled Weddings for Warriors. The event provided free wedding ceremonies and vow renewals to active US Military personnel. That project turned into Weddings For Warriors, Inc.
Weddings For Warriors, Inc. (W4W) joined with other businesses in the wedding, hospitality and tourism industries in the Savannah area to create individual ceremonies for each couple and a Grand Reception for all. The W4W Board is composed of members from the wedding, tourism and hospitality industries in the Savannah Area. Active duty military members are invited to participate in the event held in Savannah, GA. In the past, volunteers from across the Southeast, from Wisconsin to Florida provided goods and services at no cost to the SWTC or to the couples.
“The project was conceived as a way of saying a heartfelt ‘thank you’ to active duty military personnel in Savannah and the Low Country,” said Becky Byous, Executive Director for the Project.
“We wanted to offer as many free wedding ceremonies for active duty military personnel as possible,” Byous said. The totals for this year's event has not been set, but in the past as many as forty couples were selected to represent their branches of the military. With the success of the event the group has decided to make W4W an annual affair.
“Because of our unique talents and experience through our industry-related businesses we in the project wanted to use our knowledge and skills to do something for our military personnel,” she said. “Something special and unique.”
The Greater Savannah Area and the South Carolina Low Country are home to a number of bases. “Our communities are blessed with the presence of these amazing warriors and their families, this is a way that we helped,” Byous said.
“Because we are in a time of war, and because these brave individuals are willing to give their all for the protection of our nation and our way of life, we wanted to give something back even if it is in this small way.”
Requirements for couples included that at least one, the bride or the groom, be active duty in the U.S. Military; Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines or Coast Guard. Also qualified were members of the National Guard and Reserve. “We wanted to include all members of the National Guard and Reserve units since, although they may not be ‘active,’ they can be called up at any time,” Byous said. “We want to thank them as well.”
“We have an all volunteer military force, so we were hoping that we could have an all volunteer response from the community and we succeeded,” Byous added.
In the past the project has had volunteers from from across the Eastern Seaboard. “After hearing about the project on the internet one florist in Anderson, South Carolina and photographers from North Carolina, Wisconsin, and Texas have paid their own expenses and volunteered to come to Savannah to participate,” Byous said. “Response from Savannah businesses was more than fantastic as well.”
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For Media information contact James Byous at 912-656-6539.