No-Show Wedding Guest Receives Bill
My wedding reception was an incredibly casual BBQ type of affair with an open invite to all friends and family. Although my reception was 'drop-in-if-you-can,' I did try to get a general headcount so that I'd know how much food to order from the caterer.
About a dozen people who said they'd stop by, didn't. And I was absolutely okay with that because I understand life happens and because it also meant extra food for meals that I wouldn't have to cook.
The bride in this story couldn't have taken people not showing up at her reception any differently than I did.
When a woman had to back out of going to her friend’s wedding at the last minute, she got an unexpected response- a bill for the meal she and her husband would have had at the had they gone.
Jessica Baker said she was getting ready for her friend's wedding when she got a call from her mom that she couldn't watch her kids. And because kids weren't allowed at the ceremony or reception, she had no choice but to skip out.
A few weeks later, Baker received a bill for $75.90, asking her to cover the cost of their meals.
"It listed, we would have had two herb crusted walleye and there was also a service and tax charge,” Baker said. "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," the note enclosed read.
Jackie says she has no plans to pay the bill but she did want some feedback on the proper etiquette and so she reached out to people through a post on Facebook. And the consensus from friends and even strangers seems to be that sending a bill was bad wedding form.