FI asked a college friend to be a groomsman in our wedding about a month ago. FI and this friend were the same major, had almost every class together, and hung out all the time. After graduation (which was this past May, so not long ago) they still talked through text, random phone calls, etc.
When FI asked this friend, the friend seemed very caught off guard and asked if he could call back in a few weeks (I was already annoyed by this). He finally called back this past weekend and said he wasnt going to do it, and he gave all sorts of ridiculous excuses. He said that he didn't want to because then his fiance would have no one to sit with since he'd be at the head table (she'd be in the same boat as the rest of the wedding party's dates, none of them know eachother or really any other guests, so they would all be at a table together to hang out). He said that he wouldnt be able to make it into town until Saturday, the day of the wedding, and thus wouldn't be able to come to the rehersal (he wouldnt even have to come to the rehersal, all he has to do it walk up the aisle in the beginning and down it at the end, no rehersal needed), and he couldn't come to the bachelor party unless it's in his hometown (where the 2 of them went to school - he doesn't know that it won't be there yet).
I'm a bit annoyed that he refused, since I feel like that is very poor etiquitte, but I'm more bothered by all of his lame excuses. If he didnt want to be in the wedding, then all he had to do was say so. That would be more polite than making up excuses.
To top it all off, he's getting married at the end of the month that we're getting married in. So we'll have our wedding, go on a honeymoon for maybe 10 days, then get back home and jsut as things start to wind down we'll have to drive 7.5 hours to his wedding (ours is only a 3.5 hr drive for him, since we're getting married where we grew up, not where we are now).
It's not that I mind that he's not in it, I can live with the bridal party not being even with the grooms party. Its just that he made us wait and then let us down. The wedding is in only 3 months, so anyone FI asks now will know that they weren't first choice. He could have been MUCH more tactful in his refusal.
Ugh. I apologize for this long ridiculous rant.