An American couple goes viral for billing a guest who answered yes to their wedding but didn’t show up for the big day.
Doug and Dedra recently tied the knot at Jamaica’s Royalton Negril Resort & Spa, making big money at a reception where catering cost $120 per person.
But when two guests failed to show up, the bride and groom decided to bill them for the money they wasted — and the move has divided social media users into fierce discussions.
Well that’s new! An American couple goes viral for billing a guest who answered ‘yes’ to their wedding but didn’t show up for the big day
The Huffington Post Editor Philip Lewis shared a photo of the bill, which has gone viral this week.
“I don’t think I’ve ever seen a bill for a wedding reception, lol,” he wrote.
Doug and Dedra drew up an official-looking bill for expenses, with the only line being “Wedding Reception Dinner (No Show).”
Two units of 120 each brought the total bill to $240.
“This invoice is being sent to you because you confirmed seat(s) at the wedding reception during the Final Headcount,” it reads below.
‘Because you did not call or inform us in time that you would not be present, you owe us this amount to pay for your seat(s) in advance.
‘You can pay via Zelle or PayPal. Contact us and let us know which payment method works for you. Thank you!’ it concludes.
Not happy: Doug and Dedra have issued an official-looking bill for expenses, with the only line being “Wedding Reception Dinner (No Show)” [stock photo]
They tied the knot at Jamaica’s Royalton Negril Resort & Spa (pictured), handing out big bucks at a reception where catering cost $120 per person
The bill has garnered mixed reactions, with some people furiously berating the couple for being “tasteless” and “close-minded.”
“I understand I’m upset about no-show guests for a small wedding, but sending an invoice is too much,” one person wrote.
‘No, this is petty. You prepare a budget in advance for each event. Or you can pay it if everyone shows up or not. No shows at a wedding can be personally hurtful, but guests don’t owe you anything,” another tweeted.
“This bill is crazy. They may have had a car accident or had sick children. I wouldn’t pay this bill,” said a third.
‘This is so stupid. S*** happens. Sending an invoice is very sticky. If you can’t afford your wedding, make it cheaper. So stupid,” added another.
“If you can’t afford it, don’t take it. Without apologizing for rude behavior, but stop doing big things if you don’t have big pockets,” another commenter reiterated.
Calling them out: The bill has met with mixed reactions, with some people furiously beating the couple for being “tacky” and “close-minded”
Another called the bill “absurd,” adding: “No, it’s not proper etiquette to be a no-show, but maybe there was a reason. A wedding has to be paid for by the couple, the attendees are guests.’
“You don’t charge someone who doesn’t show up for your wedding reception. You just quietly hate them and never talk again,” another Twitter user joked, while another called it “pathetic.”
Some people didn’t defend the pair outright, but they were quicker to criticize the guy who didn’t show up.
‘You responded and didn’t show up? If so, that’s a lame-a** s***,” one wrote.
“Terribly tacky, but worse to react and then not show up,” said another.
Other commenters were right behind the pair, with a few even wishing they’d pulled something similar.
Other commenters were right behind the pair, with some even wishing they’d pulled something similar
“You know what, barring a hospital-grade emergency, you’re required to show up. People pay per plate and they can reduce the number of dinners with reasonable notice; so honestly I’m here for it,” said one.
‘Idc what people say, I wish we had done this!! Do you know how much money we wasted on no-shows? It’s pure disrespect,’ said a second.
A third added: ”$240 is a lot to waste. …if there’s no good excuse for not showing up, they owe those people, lol.’
“My thoughts are that if you commit to something that causes someone else to spend money on you, the least you can do is repay them,” another commented. “Especially if you’re inconsiderate enough not to reach out and change your rsvp or let them know you had to cancel at the last minute.”
But at least one person said the bill’s purpose wasn’t even to make up for losses — it was to make a point.
“Everyone here knows they don’t really want that $240, right?” they said. “When you’re having a destination wedding at a resort on one of the most beautiful beaches in the world… it’s definitely not about the money. This is a public F*ck Off + friendship after notification to a former friend.’