Cancel a Wedding • Letter Templates and Guides

How to write this letter:

1State directly that the wedding is canceled.
2Although unnecessary, you may offer a brief explanation to certain friends.
3Apologize for any inconvenience, and close on a positive note.


There is no need to go into great detail about why the wedding is off. When possible, give the guests ample notice, especially those who have to travel long distances.

Example Letter #1


We regret to inform you that the marriage of Jane Doe to Eric Johnson has been cancelled. After some reflection they feel it best to wait before making such a serious commitment.

We apologize for any inconvenience this change in plans may have caused. We appreciate your warm friendship.

Example Letter #2


Although this news may come as a bit of a shock to you, John and I are having second thoughts about our wedding and, therefore, have decided it would be best for us to postpone it until we are sure about what we want.

We know you have sacrificed a lot to take the time off work and to purchase the plane tickets, and we are truly sorry for your trouble.

Example Letter #3


This may come as a surprise, but the wedding train has once again been derailed. Just when we thought we had everything in order--chaos. We are returning your lovely gift, but keep it around, as we will most likely be able to reschedule. We do apologize for any inconvenience.

Example Letter #4


Jane and I have decided to postpone our wedding. We both feel that we were moving too fast. We apologize for any inconvenience we have caused you. Thank you for your understanding.

Write Your Letter Step-by-Step


State directly that the wedding is canceled.

Example Sentences for Step 1

Example Phrases for Step 1

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