A pair of newlyweds have sparked a dialog about wedding etiquette after sharing an invoice they created to send to guests who did not show up to their nuptials.
On 18 August, Dedra and Doug Simmons, from Chicago, Illinois, married at Royalton Negril Resort and Spa in Jamaica in entrance of 101 individuals.
However, 109 guests had RSVP’d “yes” to the couple’s wedding invitations, in accordance to NBC Chicago, which famous that the newlyweds had already paid roughly $120 every for the seats.
The no-shows prompted Doug to draw up an invoice to send out to every of the eight people who did not show up to the wedding, which has since gone viral on social media.
In the invoice, which Doug shared a photograph of on his Facebook, it expenses every no-show visitor $120 for the missed reception dinner for a complete of $240 per couple, with the due date famous as being 18 September, one month after the wedding.
In the notes part of the invoice, Doug wrote: “This invoice is being sent to you because you confirmed seat(s) at the wedding reception during the final headcount. 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.”
The groom concluded the invoice including: “You can pay via Zelle or PayPal. Please reach out to us and let us know which method of payment works for you. Thank you!”
In the caption of the publish, Doug additionally warned these who did not show up that he can be sending the discover by way of e mail and “certified mail” to make sure the invoice was obtained earlier than including the hashtag #pettypost.
The publish has since gone viral on Facebook, the place it has been shared greater than 6,000 occasions, and the place individuals have jokingly applauded the couple’s dealing with of the scenario.
“I don’t blame you one bit,” one individual commented, whereas one other stated: “Love it! Hold them accountable.”
Others inspired Doug to take the guests to small claims court docket, with another person including: “You did what needs to be done.”
However, in accordance to the couple, who appeared on Fox5, the invoice was largely simply created to make some extent throughout a “teachable moment”, and so they by no means meant to really send it to the lacking guests.
While Doug didn’t really send the invoice, he informed the outlet that he and Dedra heard from a number of the guests who missed the wedding after they noticed his viral Facebook publish.
According to Dedra, a number of the guests didn’t have an evidence for his or her absence, whereas one other couple was “extremely apologetic” and supplied to give her and her husband the cash, which she stated they declined as a result of “that wasn’t the purpose of the invoice”, as she famous it was meant to simply to be “sarcastic” and “make a point”.
While talking to the outlet, Doug additionally pushed again in opposition to a number of the criticism they confronted over the invoice, including: “Whether rich or poor, no one wants their money wasted.”
The Independent has contacted Doug Simmons for remark.