In most cases, when you have a wedding, you pay per guest. What happens, I asked the wedding hall manager, when a chunk of your guests are soldiers? I can't tell you a month in advance, I explained. He answered that we could tell him a week or even a few days before the wedding.
Well, Shmulik spoke to S. (his commanding officer). S. was also the commander of Shmulik's base during basic training, before Shmulik became his driver. S. called the head of Shmulik's old battalion and when he got on the phone, S. explained that he wanted the battalion commander to release all of Shmulik's friends - 31 in all, from the unit for the wedding.
The commander agreed, but warned that if they get a sudden operation they are required to handle, he'll have to pull them back. "I'm the one that gives you the operations," laughed S. "so you won't have any."
So, after a few months of worry - it seems like Shmulik will be surrounded by his army brothers for his wedding. The entire division has been released for the wedding!
And...I got a dress!