WEDDINGS often lead to a pretty pricey bill.
When you factor in food and drinks per invitee, the music, and the venue itself, you’re looking at tens of thousands of dollars.
Couples often ask their guests to RSVP in advance so that they have a head count and can properly budget their cash so that none of it goes to waste.
One bride was angered after a few guests didn’t show, so she billed them — and the internet is torn on whether it was right or wrong.
In the photo posted to Reddit, she revealed that she charged her would-be guests (who never warned her that they weren’t attending) a total of $288.
The caption read: “When guests RSVP for your wedding but don’t show up or send a gift.”
Based on the photo, it looks like she charged the couple $44 each for a gift, and $100 each per plate, totaling at $288 for the pair.
The gesture sent the internet into a frenzy, divided on whether the charges were fair or not.
Many thought the bride’s reaction was in poor taste:
“I think it’s tacky. If they RSVP, they should have come but maybe an emergency popped up. And sending someone a bill—that’s just out of the question… I’d be like hell no I’m not paying,” one person wrote.
“I will never understand the mindset around assuming you’ll get a gift to the degree of having a shopping list for others to complete for you, and charging people for not showing up to your party—even if they did RSVP,” added another.
A third called the invoice “petty”:
“While I understand that it’s a huge bummer if someone didn’t show to your wedding and their stuff was already paid for, you shouldn’t be petty and charge someone for not showing up. Especially if you’re charging them $288. Ask them if they had a family emergency. They probably did. If they didn’t though you still shouldn’t send them an invoice.”
Others, however, felt for the bride and somewhat agreed with her sentiment:
“Even when given plenty of notice about the event and plenty of time to formally RSVP, people are still assholes and think they don’t need to let you know whether they’re coming or not,” one person said.
“Charging for a no-show should be normalized (unless there was an emergency, obviously). Charging for no gift is cringe,” wrote a second.
And a third just thought the whole situation was embarrassing: “This is so incredibly tacky BUT it’s also incredibly rude to RSVP and then no show. Both parties are awful LOL.”
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