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You must be a military spouse at Christmas if… your wedding date had to be changed to two days before Christmas because of the military!
You Must Be a Military Spouse at Christmas if…
When I was younger and was planning my wedding, I had always wanted my wedding to be in June. June was the perfect time of the year. It’s usually not too hot and not cold. I love summer, and I have always hated the cold so I picked June!
We got engaged June 5, 2008 and because my fiance, Jon was heading to basic in July we tried to come up with a date that would be perfect. A date that was right after he graduated from Tech School after basic. We decided on January 10, 2009.
A very good friend of mine, who had a lot more experience with military things and whose husband was a marine, warned me that our wedding date would probably change more than once. She was so right! Our date changed a total of three times before we found one that worked!
Once Jon completed basic, we had a better idea of when he would be done with Tech School. We figured out how many weeks it would take, and it was a month past the second date we had picked out. With much frustration, I had to cancel the reservation I had made for the reception place.
We realized then that the only time it would really work was his Christmas break. We knew that was the only time he would be able to come home. After that, we still had to wait two more months to find out the exact dates of Christmas break and let me tell you I was very impatient! Two more months of not knowing the official date you are getting married on and not being able to plan ahead is not fun!
Finally, Jon knew what days he would have off. We picked Tuesday, December 23, 2008 as our date – just two days before Christmas. The funny thing was that he wasn’t able to come home until two days before the wedding. I had everything planned and he was able to just show up!
Our Christmas wedding was very beautiful, but the one thing that wasn’t great about the date was that very few people were able to came. The cool thing is I wouldn’t change it for the world. Because no matter what I love my military man!
What about YOU? Do you have a “You Must Be a Military Spouse at Christmas if…” time?