How to Announce a Wedding Cancellation

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Deciding to cancel a wedding can be one of the most difficult decisions a person will make. After the decision has been made, announcing that the wedding was called off is the next step. The rules of etiquette can be flexible on how to cancel a wedding. However, it is important to let both your guests and vendors know of the decision as quickly as possible. The longer that you wait to announce that the wedding in canceled, the more money everyone stands to lose.

Things You'll Need

  • Note cards
  • Begin contacting your guests. If the wedding is less than six weeks away or is a destination wedding, start making phone calls. Any guests that would be making travel arrangements should be notified first, to save them the financial strain.

  • Send printed cards stating that the wedding will not be taking place if your invitations have not been mailed or there is still a significant amount of time left before the date. You do not need to specify on the card why the wedding was canceled.

  • Call the hall and vendors. You may lose your deposit, but the longer you wait the less chance you have of receiving a refund. If the vendors can still book another job for the day, you may have a chance of negotiating for more money back.

  • Return any gifts that have arrived. Send a note or card along with the gift stating that you appreciated the thought and thanking the giver.

Tips & Warnings

  • Do not feel pressure to explain the situation.

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