Being stood up a the alter does still happen. The thought though that the bride should trash the dress doesn’t ring true for me. It is possibly because I loved my dress. The legal issues that can arise from a wedding being called off are many. The bride can keep the engagement ring. Even if the parties married and subsequently divorced, the engagement ring is still hers unless it was given after the wedding. The wedding bands however would be marital property and subject to division. Some spouses have even sued the other party for the wedding expenses incurred such as the deposit for the location, band and caterer.