An American couple have defended their decision to send invoices to people who did not turn up to their destination wedding.
Doug Simmons, 44, and Dedra McGee, 43, invited 109 guests to witness them tie the knot at the Royalton Negril Resort & Spa in Jamaica.
But when several of their guests failed to turn up on the special day, the Chicago couple felt so aggrieved that they decided to create invoices for the cost of their meals.
The invoice demands that the no-show guests pay $120 (£87) a head for the empty dinner spot, with a note explaining: “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.
“You can pay via (payment app) Zelle or PayPal. Please reach out to us and let us know which method of payment works for you. Thank you!”
The invoice, which gives the absentees until 18 September to pay up, went viral after Mr Simmons shared it on Facebook.
The small business owner told the New York Post he tracked down the no-shows because it “made me feel some kind of way” that they had RSVPed ‘Yes’ repeatedly before vanishing on the day.
He said: “Four times we asked, ‘Are you available to come, can you make it?’, and they kept saying yes. We had to pay in advance for Jamaica — this was a destination wedding.”
He admitted that the move was a “little petty,” but added: “I am not some trifling person who is going to bill somebody.”
Mr Simmons added: “No one told me or texted me, ‘Hey, we can’t make it.’
“That’s all I was asking. If you tell me you can’t make it, I would be understanding — but to tell me nothing, but then let me pay for you and your plus ones? Four people became eight people. I took that personally.”
The couple’s actions have divided opinion online.
One Twitter user wrote: “I understand being upset about no show guests for a small wedding but sending an invoice is too much.”
However, another argued: “Actually guests owe some respect what’s the point in RSVP lists? Granted this is petty but to say guests owe nothing is really disrespectful and actually shows an arrogance similar to this bride/groom.” iNews