There are few things in life more heartbreaking than calling off a wedding that has been planned already. While breaking up before tying the knot is better than divorce, the truth is, it's only slightly better. Splitting before the wedding has a whole other to-do list, one that can overwhelm someone already in the throes of breakup hell.
"Two-hundred-and-six people is, in my case, the number of people to whom you have to break the news," wrote Lauren Parker in a Huffington Post essay about her own painful, humiliating experience with giving back the ring. "Usually this is done by some swift combination of you, your family, your wedding party, and your wedding planner, if you have one."
After Parker canceled her wedding, a friend told her that she'd been in the same boat -- and her mom was so embarrassed, she made her hand-address 450 un-invitations. It's hard to even imagine.