If you are ever invited to an event hosted by this bride, you had better show up or you might get a bill in the mail. Yahoo News reported on Wednesday that a disgruntled bride mailed a bill to a friend who didn’t show up at her wedding. Jessica Baker is outraged that she received a bill. “You’ve got to be kidding me,” Baker told KARE 11 television station. The Minnesota mother said that she originally responded to the bride saying she and her husband would attend, but on the morning of the wedding she changed her response when she had a babysitting problem.
Baker thought everything was settled until a few weeks later. She was shocked to receive a $75.90 bill from the bride to cover the cost of the meal for her and her husband. The bill indicated that the couple would have had two herb-crusted walleye. The amount of the bill included a service charge and tax. A note along with the bill 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.”
Baker says she won’t be paying the bill and has not responded to the bride. After posting the bill on Facebook, she got hundreds and hundreds of responses. Sarah Baumann Rogers, editor of Minnesota Bride magazine responded by saying, “Under no circumstances should you choose to follow up after the fact…kind of questioning why they couldn’t attend or much less sending a bill.”
Rogers admits that things do come up after a person has RSVP’d, but the general rule is for a host to prepare for about 10 percent overage or underage when planning a big event. Most catering companies are well aware of this rule. But she understands why couples would be upset after spending a lot of money on the wedding and then some guests don’t show up. Would you send a bill to a guest who didn’t show up to your event? If you received a bill for not showing up for an event, would you pay the bill?