A promise to marry has been recognized by many courts in the nineteenth century. This would usually occur if a man proposed marriage and the woman accepts but then the man backed out before the marriage took place. This lawsuit can be based on the breach-of-contract theory. Today, however, most courts do not recognize the breach of a promise to marry lawsuit. If the potential groom backs out late, after many of the wedding items for the pending marriage were purchased or contracted for, he may be responsible for paying this cost, however.