Sample Resignation Letter to Get Married

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Marriage, although one of life’s happiest events, often triggers other significant lifestyle changes, such as the need to submit a resignation letter from one’s job because one is getting married. Although it can be a difficult decision to leave a good job, sometimes this is necessary.

Perhaps you will need to relocate because your new spouse has a more financially lucrative position somewhere else. If you have delayed marriage and/or childbirth, you may want to begin your family immediately. If you are marrying into an extended family with children or aging parents you plan to help care for, perhaps you realize you will not have the time or the energy to devote to your current job. Or, maybe you simply want to focus on being married for a year or two as you and your spouse grow through a life-changing transition together.

Whatever your rationale, it is best to inform your current employer of your pending resignation. Although it is standard to provide an employer with two weeks notice prior to your anticipated final day of work, you may need to provide more notice (even up to a few months’ notice) if you will need this time to plan your wedding.

If possible, you may want to offer to help your employer hire and train your successor. The easier you make the succession process, the more likely your employer will be to provide you with recommendations or to rehire you in the future should you decide you wish to return to your old job.

Sample Letter

Tailor this resignation letter sample to create your own letter advising your employer that you're leaving your job because you are planning to get married. Download the resignation letter template (compatible with Google Docs and Word Online) or see below for more examples.

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Sample Letter (Text Version)

Kimberly Lau
123 Main Street
Anytown, CA 12345

September 1, 2018

Jennifer Lee
Director, Human Resources
Acme Office Supplies
123 Business Rd.
Business City, NY 54321

Dear Jennifer Lee,

I am writing to let you know that I will be leaving the company in 30 days. I have very much enjoyed working with you and am more than grateful for the career opportunities you have provided me, but circumstances dictate that it is now time for me to move on.

I will be getting married within six months, and following my marriage, I will be relocating. I think it is best I leave the position now, as I will not have time to work full-time while I am planning the wedding. I truly appreciate your understanding of this important time in my life. 

If you would like assistance filling my position or if there's anything I can do while I'm still here to ease the transition, please let me know. I will be happy to help in any way I can.

Thanks again for understanding, and for the opportunity to work with you. Do not hesitate to be in touch if you have any questions or concerns.

Best regards,

Your Signature (hard copy letter)

Kimberly Lau

Sample Email Message

It is also acceptable to send your formal resignation via email, particularly if this is the vehicle by which you typically communicate with your supervisor. Using email to submit your resignation also allows you to easily copy your employer’s Human Resources Department and any other team members who might need to know that you are departing due to your pending nuptials.

Subject: Resignation - Your Name

Dear Mr./Ms. Last Name:

I am writing to let you, our team, and Human Resources know that I will be leaving the company in two weeks to get married. Although my fiance and I had intended to get married six months from now, s/he has just been reassigned to a new position at a U.S. Army base in Europe. We have thus decided to move our wedding date up to a month from now so that we can celebrate our union with all of the wonderful friends and colleagues we have known here.

I will always be grateful that you hired me. It has been a privilege to contribute to our team projects, and I will miss each and every one of you.

Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help ease the succession to my replacement. I am happy to write descriptions of my current work responsibilities, as well as providing an outline of all project statuses.

Thanks again for understanding, and for the opportunity to work with you. Do not hesitate to be in touch if you have any questions or concerns.

Best regards,

Your Name