Best man can't make it to the wedding

posted 3 years ago in Grooms/men
Post # 3
626 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Awe hun! People will understand, I don’t think you need to reprint, grab someone to join the party and bump #2 up to #1. 

This sucks so much but welcome to military life. 🙁

Post # 4
8679 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Eesh… when we had our formal wedding, my husband applied for leave [He is in the Navy] probably around 2-3 months beforehand before the June schedules had even been thought about.

Turns out that the two weeks he applied for (and was approved) were blackout weeks that no one is supposed to be able to leave during. They tried to deploy him two weeks before our wedding (He deploys for 3 weeks at a time.)

When we got JoP married, he was called in to deploy the morning of our wedding. I remember him saying, “Sir, I’m getting married today.” and the response was, “Not today you’re not.”

Thankfully he found someone to take his deployment for him…

The military life is a blessing and a curse sometimes. My sympathies to your SO. 

Post # 5
305 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

I wouldn’t reprint. Have someone make an announcement that you’re missing him, but he’s there in spirit.

Post # 6
351 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@dancingriss:  I agree 100%. The officiant can make a short and sweet announcement, with respectful wording about serving our country, and no one should object of have a problem with that.

I wouldn’t worry about the uneven numbers. A groomsman (or two) can have two bridesmaids on his arm. It’s cute, not anything to stress about.

We may be in a similar predicament. We’re waiting to find out if our “groomschick” can be at the wedding; she’s a military spouse and they’re stationed in Italy. That’s the reason I haven’t printed our programs yet.

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