This summer is going to be the busiest I’ve had in a long while, I’m due to be married on the 9th of September and then I head to college to start my chief officer studies on the 10th so my honeymoon will be put on hold until I have passed… the silver lining being that at least it’s one less thing to organise.
Wedding planning at sea has been a relatively enjoyable experience, my better half has taken care of most things and has made it (so far) a stress free experience. We’ve mostly relied on an instant messaging ‘app’ called ‘WhatsApp’, this allows us to send pictures, videos, voice messages, text messages and even ‘live call’ each other over the ships wifi. Despite the vessels wifi being horrifically poor the low bandwidth use of WhatsApp has meant that we can stay in close contact most of the time. Unfortunately wedding planning does require my presence at home from time to time and I’ve missed a large number of planning meetings and even missed out on the food and wine tastings so on the day it will be a surprise.
The company I work for asked me on Friday to join a ship on the Monday and I had to refuse, that’s the first time I’ve ever said no to a request, but we have to register our marriage, a similar process to the ‘reading of the bands’ and I have to actually be present for this or we can’t get married, which would be a little disappointing. There is one real remaining issue regarding wedding planning, despite being given 16 months notice I’m still not 100% confident that I’ll actually be able to attend… the project I am due to work on has been postponed three times and the more it’s postponed the more nervous I am that I’ll actually be at sea on my wedding day, so I’d really appreciate the lovely readers on the seafarers news to keep their fingers crossed for us.
I’m sure that many readers will fondly remember their wives or husbands taking the lions share of the wedding planning whilst they were waiting for their sailor to return, but honestly I don’t know how you did it without the internet, I truly don’t and don’t even get me started on the importance of online shopping being available to keep up with birthdays and Christmas presents.