This Chicago couple just slapped a $240 invoice to guests who did not attend their destination wedding in Jamaica.

Via Facebook / @Dedra Simmons


Marriage is a serious business, and businesses incur bills. This time though, the invoice is aimed at absent-minded guests who ditched a wedding without notice. Twitter is tittering over this bill that some call petty while others are dubbing good enforcement of wedding etiquette. The post has gone viral on the app, racking up over 7,900 likes and 3,800 replies in few days. The guests who initially RSVP’d positively and failed to turn up were slapped with a return gift instead – a $240 bill to cover their costs. The “no show, no call” guests were given a payment due date of one month from Aug. 18. The message read, “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 Zelle or PayPal. Please reach out to us and let us know which method of payment works for you. Thank you!”


The newlyweds whose Royalton Negril Resort & Spa wedding in Jamaica cost $120 a head didn’t shy away from taking a passionate stance. Doug Simmons, the groom who married Dedra McGee, said he decided to take action because having no-shows “made me feel some kind of way.” Of course, Twitter too has a lot to say, and not everyone agreed with Doug and Dedra. One user criticized the newly-marrieds: “You are so special to us that we invited you to our wedding. However, we are going to severe [sic] that relationship for $240 because you didn’t let us show off to you in person. But we will send an invite to our baby shower at some point, so show up with a gift or face collections.”

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The couple tied the knot at a destination wedding in Jamaica’s Royalton Resort.

Another user Jackie Barbosa, sided with the couple, “I wish I’d thought of this. A third of the people who RSVP’d for our wedding didn’t show up. We paid for a LOT of food that went to waste (though it was a LOT LESS than $120 a plate).” However, Simmons, a small business owner in Chi-Town, emphasized that it’s not about money. He and his new bride did enough and more to make these people a part of their special day and felt hurt by the no-shows. “Four times we asked, ‘Are you available to come, can you make it?,’ and they kept saying ‘Yes,’ ” he told The Post. “We had to pay in advance for Jamaica — this was a destination wedding.” This is undoubtedly a first among the many reasons for quarrels and disagreements during weddings, such as mood swings of bridezillas, cold feet of grooms.

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[Via: New York Post]

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