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.
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 recently 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.
Have you ever been remotely connected with a cancelled wedding?
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