*Wondering if it's okay to propose to your boyfriend? Eager to pick out your own engagement ring? Etiquette expert Anna Post, the great-great-granddaughter of Emily Post, has the answers to all your burning engagement-etiquette questions. *
If the wedding is cancelled, who keeps the engagement ring?
Even though* technically* the bride isn't required to return the ring (at least in most states), it's the best thing to do, regardless of who called off the wedding. While the ring was a gift, it was more importantly a symbol of a commitment to marry. Since there will no longer be a marriage, do you really want to keep a reminder of a future that won't happen? After all, the ring isn't a consolation prize. The emphasis here should be on appreciating the relationship you once had, not on cashing out any material value. Returning the ring gives everyone a fresh start. In the end, you will need to let your conscience be your guide.
If, however, the ring was a family heirloom of the groom's family, there's no question: It should be returned. If you and your fiance purchased the ring together, one solution would be to sell it and split the proceeds proportionately.
—Anna Post, The Emily Post Institute
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