We have never seen a wedding reception invoice until now, and neither did this Twitter user who shared it on his feed.
I don’t think I’ve ever seen a wedding reception invoice before lol pic.twitter.com/ZAYfGITkxP
— philip lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) August 24, 2021
According to Yahoo a Chicago couple posted an invoice online to their guests who RSVPed but did not show up to their destination wedding.
The invoice charged the “no call, no show” guest $240 for failing to show up to the couple’s reception in Jamaica. A photo of the bill shared by Philip Lewis, a senior front-page editor for HuffPost, garnered mixed reactions from people on Twitter last week.
“This invoice is being sent to you because you confirmed seat(s) at the wedding reception during the Final Headcount,” the invoice says. “The amount above is the cost of your individual seats.
Because you didn’t call or give us proper notice that you wouldn’t be in attendance, this amount is what you owe us for paying for your seat(s) in advance.”
The New York Post identified the couple as Doug Simmons and Dedra McGee from Chicago. Simmons had originally posted the bill on Facebook with the hashtag #PETTYPOST, and told Insider he never delivered it.
“I’ve never had to send it out because just them [the missing guests] seeing it alone on Facebook brought about guilt,” Simmons told Insider on Monday.
“You don’t have to always do stuff for people, but the fact that you put it out there and they saw it, that’s when they came running and say, ‘Hey, you know, I apologize.'”
Simmons said the situation was less about the money and more about not getting a heads-up that the guests – and their plus-ones – weren’t going to attend.
“Four times we asked, ‘Are you available to come, can you make it?,’ and they kept saying ‘Yes,'” Simmons told the Post. “We had to pay in advance for Jamaica – this was a destination wedding.”
Imagine, having a wedding in a pandemic. Then sending invoices to those who didn't show.
I swear this letter would be the last time I ever contacted them as a friend.
— ᒍᗩIᑕEE ?️? (@justj4icee) August 24, 2021
I remain stunned that more people don't say:
Hey instead of a gift, we'd love for you to celebrate our day with us, can you chuck in $50 (whatever) for the dinner and drinks with your RSVP and we'll call it even.
Maybe I'm naive, why don't people do this
— Mathew G (@MattyG58) August 24, 2021
You know what, barring a hospital worthy emergency you have an obligation to show up. People pay per plate & they can reduce the number of dinners with a reasonable notice; so honestly I'm here for it.
— Lia Marie (@Liamarie_life) August 25, 2021
I’d send it back right away pic.twitter.com/LHa7EAC1ng
— Hedgehog no. 1 (@hedgehogkibble) August 24, 2021
What do you think? Should they charge someone for not attending but sending an RSVP?
Seems a little petty, but we know couples do not play about their wedding.