(Closed) Canceling Vow Renewal….

posted 6 years ago in Vow Renewals
Post # 3
672 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@amb06h:  I am so sorry this is happening to you. I would just explain to them that your husband’s leave has been revoked. They should understand since he is military. The girls can save their dresses for later and your aunt should be able to post pone her ticket or cancel it. She would have to check to see which options the airline has for her. If she explains the situation they should work with her. 

Post # 4
9056 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

I’m sorry that really sucks. 

Your bridesmaids should be able to wear their dresses at any point so hopefully that’s not too much of an issue.

As for your aunt if she booked with a credit card or bought travel insurance there might be a way for her to get a refund. Often a travel companion that gets a military deployment is one of the reasons that even the most basic will allow for cancellations, but the more notice she has the better. 

Post # 6
9955 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

From an Etiquette point of view, when a Wedding is postponed (assuming here that you sent out Invites).  Then you would have an Annoucement of Postponement printed… which would follow the formality and style of the Orginal Wedding Invites.  Here then some samples from Peggy Post’s *Wedding Etiquette*


Mr. and Mrs. Calrence Scallion*

regret that

owing to a death in the family**

the invitation to

their daughter’s wedding**

on Saturday, December fifth

must be recalled

OR… here is another example when there has been a death in the family…

Owing to the death of

Mrs. Clarence Scallion

the marriage of her daughter



Mr. Kevin Denning

has been postponed


* Host line should match with what was said on the Original Invite (ie Brides Parents, Both Parents, Couple etc)

** Phrasing can be adjusted to fit circumstance (ie Owing to the Military Deployment of the Groom) and

** Wedding can be changed to Vow Renewal, if that is what the Original Invites said.

IF you know the date of the when the event is rescheduled, then you can change the line to say “has been postponed to ___”

IF there is not sufficient time to have Postponement Announcements printed, then you can you can send your Guests a personal note notifying them of the change, or telephone them to tell them in person

IF you’ve already got your Invites printed, and they haven’t been mailed… then you can use them when the time comes by either enclosing a printed card that says “The Date of the Wedding has been changed from December fifth to May tenth, two thousand and thirteen” (assuming that all other info printed on them remains the same)

Hope this helps,


Post # 7
6124 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

She can check with her airline.  I know Southwest.com will just credit that amount and you use it towards future flights.


But I’d also offer to pay her back for her ticket.  The BMs can just hold on to their dresses.


Yes, you’ll have to send out something about the postponement.  We just emailed people (only 25 house holds) about the cancellation, and anyone who did not directly reply to the email got a phone call regarding it. 

Post # 8
1269 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

You might offer to pay for the change in travel date on your aunt’s ticket. Or pay for 1/2, depending on how much it is.

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