(Closed) How to Cancel the reception?

posted 6 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
13292 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

It’s rude to send a save the date and not an invitation.  I would promptly contact all of your guests via a written note (personalized) explaining the situation, apologizing for any inconvenience, and your hopes that you can get together with the person soon. 

Post # 4
8178 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

@leslie2792:  You do need to reach out to them, either via note or a phone call. A Save The Date is asking them to save that date. For you. They need to know as soon as possible that they no longer need to save that date. It is not right to leave them hanging, possibly making non-refundable travel arrangements. 

They’ll understand, as long as you let them know asap.

I probably would not send an announcement afterwards but that’s up to you.

Best wishes!

Post # 5
284 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Your new plan sounds simple and lovely. I think calling or writing each person who got a STD is certainly required; writing has the advantage of not having to answer a lot of questions and repeating yourself. I don’t think an announcement afterward is needed since you would have already told everyone that you are indeed getting married. What we did was send a wedding snapshot in our holiday greeting cards.  Hope your wedding is wonderful!

Post # 6
12247 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

Yeah, I would definitely write everyone a letter (preferably hand-written), saying that you and Fiance changed your plans due to unforseen circumstances, and you’ll  be getting married just the two of you.

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