Mess Dress/No 1's

Afternoon guys,

Now I know this may sound a little "Waltish" but its not! :)

A guy i used to go to Uni with is in the RNR in the North of England - went in DE and is now a fresh faced sub lt. We are both off to a wedding in July and not having heard of RR before, he asked me to put query on for him about mess dress/No 1's - he wants to wear his 1's to the wedding instead of a morning suit but doesnt think he can because he is only a reserve and not a regular?

Any precedence from anyone out there as to current regs? He is currently backpacking in Thailand so thats why you havent got another new member to add to the list...yet! lol

Many thanks

F_J

(whose forms have been lost in transit and now need to be resubmitted.....! Viva Las AFCO! lol)
 

sgtpepperband

War Hero
Book Reviewer
Many people get married in rig. Although it is not classed as a service function, the RN turns a blind eyes to it. As fare as he is concerned, he can wear No. 1s. (In fact I did, and it looks so much better in the photographs; morning suit and top hat looks so common!)

:lol:
 
I knew someone very recently, officer type, got married in uniform, dont think there was an issue, I will ask his wife, and PM you in the later part of the week,
 
Thanks SgtPepper.... I think deep down he is a bit of a "braid junkie"... loves to strut his stuff in his newly tailored 1's whenever he gets an excuse! lol :)

Im sure you know the type... ;-)
 

Karma

War Hero
It's not an issue, in fact it's one of those things that the service tacitly encourages nowadays.

Can't for the life of me remember the numbers, but usually it'd be the suit (used to be No5s), rather than mess kit. If he's the only one in uniform then co-ordination shouldn't be an issue but he can wear a sword with that. The snag with that is securing it after the wedding and during the reception.
 

sgtpepperband

War Hero
Book Reviewer
Karma said:
It's not an issue, in fact it's one of those things that the service tacitly encourages nowadays.

Can't for the life of me remember the numbers, but usually it'd be the suit (used to be No5s), rather than mess kit. If he's the only one in uniform then co-ordination shouldn't be an issue but he can wear a sword with that. The snag with that is securing it after the wedding and during the reception.

If he intends to use his sword and scabbard (useful for the cake cutting pics!) he should obtain a "Smugglers Chit" from the Gunner's Party to authorise him to take it ashore in public.
 

sgtpepperband

War Hero
Book Reviewer
Once again, no problem. But if it's not a nautical wedding, what's the point? And also you'll be under scrutiny if you misbehave... :wink:
 
All fair points - I think I'll go of the scale on the cockometer if I show up in 1s. (So what's new). Back to the morning suit idea (equally as bad, but at least there are a few of us to spread the shame)
 

TF110

Lantern Swinger
Best guidance is to wear it if there is a strong service link to the wedding - otherwise it not only looks waltish, but also shows up the Groom!

I'd say only wear it with the marrying couples approval personally...
 

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