Celebrity wedding planners tell HollywoodLife.com exclusively that Ali can’t keep Roberto’s ring if she’s not going to marry him.
Bachelorette Ali Fedotowsky dumped her fiance Roberto Martinez after an 18-month engagement. Now, in her first interview since the breakup, Ali admits that she’s holding on to the $50,000 Neil Lane engagement ring and the love that it represented. “It’s a symbol of our love, and that’s something I still have,” she tells People magazine. But, celebrity wedding planners tell HollywoodLife.com exclusively that Ali is doing the wrong thing — she needs to give back the ring immediately.
“Give it back,” warns California Wedding Planner Sasha Souza. “There’s laws against that. She legally can’t keep that ring, unless it was given to her as a gift. You take the ring, you make the promise you’re taking on a marriage. It’s a loan.”
Celebrity Wedding Planner Marcy Blum, who’s planned weddings for Kevin Bacon and Billy Joel, agrees. “In my opinion, unless the guy did something insane, it is a present that attached to it is a promise based on the fact that you’re getting married,” shares Marcy. “It’s not a normal present. It’s based on the future. So if you’re not going to have that future, you have to give it back. That is the etiquette.”
Both experts do feel that Ali made the right decision to end the relationship though. “You don’t go into marriage with unrealistic exceptions of what a person is going to do or change,” says Sasha. “It’s an internal monologue. Often if you are so divergent on the way your lives are going to be, you need to listen [to your gut]. They shouldn’t get married.”
Ali and Roberto should have broken up sooner. “I think she should have pulled out a lot faster,” notes Marcy. “If you’re living together and about to get married for a reasonable amount time, she should have left earlier.”
BFFs — do you think Ali should give her ring back?
– Lindsey DiMattina
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