Couple Who were a No Show at a Wedding received an Invoice from Bride and Groom

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Weddings can add up very quickly with one of the most costly expenses going towards food and drink. When friends and family receive wedding invites, it is expected that they will attend if they RSVP with a yes, making it easier for the bride and groom to budget accordingly.

Unfortunately though it has happened and will continue to happen where guests who say they will be attending, do not show for one reason or another. Jessica Baker, for example, was one of those guests. Because it was specified in the invite that no children were allowed at the wedding or reception, her mother said she would be able to watch her children. Unfortunately she cancelled last minute and Mrs. Baker said that it was too close the ceremony to notify the wedding party.

While this may not be the best wedding etiquette, the bride and groom's response was more shocking. A few weeks after the Minnesota wedding, the couple received a bill in the mail for $75.90 (£50) from the bride and groom which was to cover their uneaten two herb crusted walleye and service charge and tax. On the invoice it states, “This cost reflects the amount paid by the bride and groom for meals that were RSVP'd for, reimbursement and explanation for no show, card, call or text would be appreciated.”

Mrs. Baker posted the bill online which received mixed reviews. Jess Bailey comments, “Stop having weddings so expensive that you have to bill people who can’t attend.” While Alisha Howarth says, “I agree! If someone pulled out of my wedding last minute, I would bill them too!” Another response was, “Really tacky on the bride’s part, really rude on the guests part. I had six no shows to my wedding. They all could have let me know”

Anya Winnika, director of the popular wedding website TheKnot.com, says sending a bill to no-shows is a big no-no. Mrs. Baker agrees and has no plans of paying the bill. Needless to say this is probably the end of that friendship.

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