Hello Ladies! So I see a lot of military wives, and I am the opposite. I just enlisted into the Army and leave for camp in January. My boyfriend and I have been discussing marriage for a while now, and me joining the military has ended up pushing that timeline up. In order for him to be on my orders for my first assignment, we have to be married prior to moving. Originally our thought was to just have a small ceremony after my graduation from specialized training, however, if we decide to get married prior to my shipping out we will get BAH which would help greatly with living expenses while I am at training. We have been discussing possibly just going to the courthouse/ justice of the peace and sign the documents for marriage, but then have a big ceremony/reception/going away shin-dig for after graduation and just prior to us moving to my first duty station. Has anyone done this before? The BAH payment would be extremely beneficial, I just don't know how extended family/friends would feel about us having a ceremony after we are legally married. Any suggestions?