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Cancelled Weddings! #MondayMusings

Cancelled weddings? They’re an absolute nightmare!

I won’t ever forget the evening and the utter disbelief we experienced when my Dad came home from the wedding of a friend’s son and told us that the wedding was cancelled. Dad had been asked to raise the toast at the reception that followed. The plan was for him attend the Church ceremony and then pick up my mother to take her for the reception. Instead, he came home and told us how the Parish Priest had received an anonymous phone call telling him that the bride’s father was coercing her into marriage. When the priest asked the girl if this was true, she said that her father was trying to keep her away from marrying her boyfriend and had arranged this marriage for her!!

Shocking? Yes. Emotionally draining for all parties concerned, too.

Cancelled Weddings

But spare a moment to think about the practical side of it. Cancelling the hall. Paying off the caterer. Paying off the band. Some friends gave us details of how they had to run about arranging for the catered food to be dropped off at various charities late into the night!

I thought of this when I read about another cancelled wedding via ABC News.

When Willie and Carol Fowler’s only daughter cancelled her wedding 40 days before she was set to walk down the aisle, the parents were faced with a venue, food and entertainment that had all been paid for.

But instead of cancelling everything and losing their deposits, they decided to change the guest list – to 200 homeless people. Read more here.

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  1. writershilpa writershilpa May 31, 2019

    Sad, in a way, but good for the parties involved if they know they aren’t going to find any happiness with each other.
    No, I haven’t been to any cancelled wedding, but I liked what the Fowler family did when their daughter cancelled her wedding. Correct thinking!

  2. Vinitha Vinitha May 29, 2019

    I have never been part of a cancelled wedding yet. ( I haven’t attended a wedding in the last 10 years, that’s another thing 🙂 ) But yes, I can imagine how big of a mess a wedding cancellation would incur. Then again better deal with this mess right now than dragging it along for a lifetime, right?

  3. Debbie D. Debbie D. May 28, 2019

    I can imagine the headaches involved. And the money lost! 😮 Sounds like cancelling it was the best thing to do, in this particular case. What a great story about the Fowlers holding the reception anyway and inviting homeless people to enjoy a good meal. At least the money was not wasted!

  4. I have not known about cancelled weddings in the real world though I have read occasional articles about brides calling off and walking off the wedding. It must be a courageous decision to cancel the wedding after all the arrangements have been made.
    I clicked and read the full article about the American couple. What they did was remarkable because normally such a situation calls for serious embarrassment and hurt on the parents’ part.

  5. Parul Thakur Parul Thakur May 28, 2019

    I haven’t been a part of a cancelled one. What a lovely story and a kind gesture by those involved. It takes a lot of heart to give and these people sure had a big heart.

  6. Obsessivemom Obsessivemom May 28, 2019

    I haven’t ever been part of cancelled wedding. However I think in the long run this particular one was better cancelled. It must be hard of course because weddings these days are crazily expensive affairs.

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