Those Wedding Bell Blues

Date: September 29, 2010
Posted In: DLP Law

Bill and Carol had been dating steadily for ten years. Carol was Ron\’s oldest daughter. Ron\’s two younger daughters had already been married for some time. When Bill finally proposed to Carol, Ron was both relieved and excited that his oldest daughter was finally going to be married. The couple planned a big wedding inviting over two hundred people.

Carol spared no expense in the planning of the wedding knowing that her dad was going to pick up the tab. It was actually estimated that the wedding would cost somewhere in the neighborhood of $20,000.00 before all was said and done.

Right before the wedding, Bill got cold feet and backed out. Ron wanted to shoot Bill, but first he wanted to get back his money for all the expenses he paid for the wedding.

ISSUE: Can Ron get Bill to pay for the wedding expenses?

ANSWER: No. Poor Ron will not only get stuck with all the bills but his single daughter as well. There is no remedy under the law that allows the father of a bride to collect when the groom backs out of the wedding.

Disclaimer: The above article is for instructive purposes only and each case is fact sensitive. Consultation with an attorney should be obtained instead of reliance upon the legal issues discussed in this column.

Tom Cummings
Thomas P. Cummings has been a Partner with Dougherty Leventhal & Price, LLP since 1996 and has been with the firm since 1991. He focuses his practice on workers’ compensation, Social Security Disability and personal injury cases.