Offbeat Guest fails to show up to wedding: so bride sends a bill

09:35  17 november  2016
09:35  17 november  2016 Source:   AOL Money UK

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The bride was so angry that she sent her a bill for (£61) - to cover the cost of the food that went to waste. She pointed out that she wished she had the guts to send bills to those who had failed to show up for her wedding . It's not just the wasted money, she said, but the missed opportunity to invite other people because of the need to keep a lid on the numbers. There's also the fact that there will be empty seats at a table - making it difficult for the other guests - and the risk that gossip about the missing guests will sour the joy of the occasion.

Bride Sends Wedding Guest a Bill for After She Didn't Show Up to the Reception. She even sent a rude note asking for "reimbursement and [an] explanation.". Most Popular. Created with Sketch. By Sasha Henriques. Sep 30, 2015. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below. Jessica Baker planned to attend her friend's wedding . Her mother had already agreed to look after her kids, and Baker's outfit was ready to go. She was excited to celebrate her friend's big day, but, unfortunately, she never made it to the wedding .

Bill for wedding no show © Provided by AOL Money UK Bill for wedding no show Jessica Baker, a mum from Minnesota in the US, had accepted an invitation to her friend's wedding, but had to cancel at the last minute when her childcare arrangements fell through. The bride was so angry that she sent her a bill for $75 (£61) - to cover the cost of the food that went to waste. So who was in the right?

Jessica was getting ready to go to the wedding when she had a call from her mum. She explained she couldn't babysit for her grandchildren any more, and because children were banned from the wedding, Jessica had to pull out.

She didn't think any more about it until a few weeks later, when she received the bill. It was accompanied by a note that read: "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."

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A bride sent a bill to a friend who did not show up to her wedding . The disgruntled Minnesota newlywed caused her friend, Jessica Baker, to become so incensed she went to the local media to share the story. The 33-year-old Golden Valley woman told KARE11 that she initially send an RSVP stating she would attend the wedding with her husband. But, on the morning the nuptials were scheduled to take place, her mother was unable to babysit. The bride and groom did not permit children to attend either the wedding ceremony or the reception which followed.

show ad. Bride sends wedding guest CHECK for after she didn't turn up to the reception. Jessica Baker was getting ready for her friend's wedding when she received a call from her mother that she could no longer watch her children. A few weeks later Baker received a bill for asking her to cover the cost of her and her husband's meals. Baker, from Golden Valley, said she is not paying the bill and did not text or call the bride to say she would be missing her wedding .

Jessica shared her story on Facebook, where she broadly divided commentators between those who felt she had been rude not to inform the happy couple, or send a card afterwards explaining her actions; those who thought the bride was out of order; and those who thought none of this ought to have been shared on social media in the first place.

What to do about wedding no-shows

Weddings are a notoriously expensive business. Last January we reported on the parents of a five-year-old who had been issued with a no-show fee, after skipping a birthday party and at the time our writer, Felicity Hannah, wholehearted supported the parents who had sent the bill. She pointed out that she wished she had the guts to send bills to those who had failed to show up for her wedding.

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Maria Guido Sep 30, 2015. Weddings are expensive events: everyone can agree on that. But treating your guests like delinquent customers when they miss your wedding is beyond absurd. That’s what one couple from Minnesota did, when they sent this no- show guest a bill for her dinner. Image via Facebook/ KARE 11. Jessica Baker was sent a bill for .90 for the two plates of fish she wasn’t around to consume. The couple also added this note: This cost reflects the amount paid by bride and groom for meals that were RSVPed for, reimbursement and explanation for no show , card

“We had discussed if we should contact anyone and decided against it because, coincidentally enough, we ’ d had people RSVP and no- show to our wedding and I knew when I got married I didn’t want to be bothered with phone calls on the day of my wedding ,” she explained. Guest gets bill after not showing up to wedding [KARE-11] Minnesota Woman Says She Was Billed by Bride for Missing Wedding [ABC News].

It's not just the wasted money, she said, but the missed opportunity to invite other people because of the need to keep a lid on the numbers. There's also the fact that there will be empty seats at a table - making it difficult for the other guests - and the risk that gossip about the missing guests will sour the joy of the occasion.

The proper etiquette is always to say no if there's any doubt as to whether you can make a wedding. There are a couple of exceptions to the rule - such as if you are heavily pregnant or in the military - but babysitters, affordability and logistics are not exceptions. If you think you'll struggle to make it, just say no.... nicely.

If things change at the last minute, then the right thing to do is to tell someone you are going to be a no-show. If you are going to have to let them down on the day, then they will appreciate a call. If you're worried about stressing them out on the morning of their wedding, then perhaps send flowers to soften the blow.

If there's simply no way of getting in touch before the wedding, at least make sure you send a gift and card - with a heartfelt apology. Bear in mind that Jessica received her invoice a few weeks after the wedding - so she was given every chance to apologise before then.

But what do you think? Is the bride's approach understandable - or is she showing signs of becoming a Bridezilla? Let us know in the comments.

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