I am working on a story where a couple is getting engaged in two months (in this story, an engagement is almost like getting married, the actual marriage is more a confirmation).

The Main Male Character/MMC is a former soldier who was sort of kicked out of the force and got into the business of his future father in law (merchant ships).

Now my plan is to have the MMC called back for 1 more operation with the forces. What I am wondering about is, if this action should take place before or almost right after the engagement ceremony. I see options for both.

Before: the uncertainty if he will be back in time, in one piece, or at all.
After: the shattered good moment while the couple is still on cloud nine, the agony of both lovers being torn apart with the unspoken prospect of him perhaps not returning.

What are your thoughts on this? I can't decide at the moment...
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