Ending an engagement is never an easy thing to do, but if you do have serious doubts, it is much better to call off the engagement.
The pain and embarrassment caused by ending your engagement does not compare to the pain of an unhappy marriage.
If you have already invited your guests, or you want people to know about ending an engagement, a short letter or card written by the girl's parents or by one or both of the parties concerned, explaining that the engagement has been canceled is sufficient (there is no need to give a reason for calling off the engagement).
|Mr and Mrs Steven Howes regret to announce that owing to …. the wedding of their daughter Catherine Anne to Thomas Richards has been canceled/postponed|
|Mr and Mrs John Black regret that due to illness they must postpone the wedding of their daughter Claire on Saturday 18 June until Saturday 1 July at 3.00pm|
If the wedding plans are already underway, make sure that you cancel everything you have ordered.
Start first by phoning your vendors and then confirm it in writing. Read all your contracts which should have a cancellation policy (it should detail the conditions in the event of a canceled contract) you may be entitled to a return of a portion or your deposit if the contact is canceled before a certain date.
You are not likely to get any of your deposit back if you have canceled close to your wedding date. You should also remember to cancel you honeymoon and the making of the wedding dress.
As mentioned above confirm the cancellation in writing this way you should not be charged for more than what you have already spent.
Strictly speaking, when an engagement is ended any wedding engagement gifts received (this includes gifts of money) should be returned to the giver, you may wish to check with the giver first before returning the gift so that you do not offend them. You should also send a note of thanks for their generosity.
If the future groom breaks the engagement, he may choose to be gracious in allowing the bride to keep the ring. If the bride chooses to keep the ring, she may like to have the ring reset.
If the engagement is broken by the bride, she should return the ring to the groom and his family, particularly if it is a family heirloom. She should also return any other piece of jewelery such as a family necklace or earrings.
If the couple purchased the ring together, they should come to some sort of agreement of what to do with it, just like any property that they have purchased together.