Communicating a Cancellation: When a wedding is called off

by epi on September 26, 2012

Q: My son and his fiance are to be married in two months. Save the date cards were sent out two months ago, and wedding shower invitations have been sent out just recently. The couple is having problems and are talking of delaying the wedding or possibly canceling the wedding altogether. At this point in time what is the proper way to handle the postponement or cancellation of the wedding?

A: If the decision to cancel the wedding is a last minute one, guests must be notified by telephone.  If there is time, printed cards may be sent by the hosts of the wedding (traditionally the bride’s parents).  If this is the case, the card may read:
Mr. and Mrs. Oliver Grant
announce that the marriage of
their daughter
Debra
to
Mr. Christopher Bronner
will not take place
When the wedding is postponed and there is time to send printed cards, one might read:
Mr. and Mrs. Oliver Grant
regret that
the invitations to
their daughter’s wedding
on Saturday, June tenth
must be recalled
or
Mr. and Mrs. Oliver Grant
announce that
the marriage of their daughter
Debra Ann
to
Mr. Christopher Bronner
has been postponed.
As with the cancellation of a wedding, if time is short, guests should be telephoned.

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