Post # 1
My best friend is due a 7-10 days after our wedding so not surprisingly, she can not be there since she’s not allowed to travel as per doctor’s orders. My question is: how do I list her on the wedding program? "In spirit" sounds like she is no longer with us, "in absentia" is (I think) a legal term and sort of stuffy… any ideas??
Post # 3
What about acknowledging the point? Something like "Ms. Jane Doe is unable to attend due to the impending arrival of a bundle of joy"? Or "Ms. Jane Doe is at home, anxiously anticipating the birth of their baby"? Just a thought, good luck! 🙂
Post # 4
Do you have to write anything? Honestly I never try to match up program names to the people. If anyone asks you can definitely explain the situation but probably anyone who would care already knows what’s up. I don’t think sharing those semi-private details with a bunch of your wedding guests is really necessary.
Post # 5
this could be corny….but what about "on maternity leave"?
Post # 6
How about "We thank Ms./Mrs. Jane Doe for all her love and support and would like to acknowledge her here because she is unable to be with us this day." Also, I don’t think "in spirit" necessarily connotes that she’s no longer with us :).
I’m iffy on mentioning the pregnancy in the program—it’s not really the business of anyone at the wedding whom your friend doesn’t know personally (who would probably know why she’s not there anyway), and you don’t want any bad karma for your friend! Also, why not ask her what she would like you to say? Good luck!
Post # 7
Oh, that’s cute! I like on maternity leave!
And although that might be a semi-private detail, it’s a beautiful detail that I would love to have included