A Married Couple Sent A $240 Invoice To A ‘No-Show’ Wedding Guest And Sparked An Incredibly Heated Debate

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  • A married couple sent an invoice to a guest who failed to show up at their wedding and sparked a heated debate over whether or not it was justified
  • The newlyweds asked to be reimbursed $240 after the guest and their date skipped the destination wedding in Jamaica
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I think most people who’ve tied the knot would agree the best part of your wedding day is when it’s finally over; sure, the whole “getting married to the love of your life thing” is certainly near the top of the list, but there’s really nothing better than getting back to your hotel room and realizing you’ll never have to pretend you care about the particulars of flower arrangements ever again.

One of the first things you learn when you start planning “your” big day is that the day really isn’t about you at all but rather the guests who will absolutely be judging every single detail and decision you make. As a result, it’s important to prioritize their needs, and while that usually means you’ll have to spend more money than you’d probably prefer, you can’t really put a price on memories (unless you’re fine with having your wedding be primarily remembered as “the one with the cash bar”.)

You can certainly get married without spending a fortune, but if you want to have a traditional ceremony and reception, you need to accept weddings are inherently expensive affairs—as evidenced by this $240 invoice that was recently sent to a guest after they failed to show up to one in Jamaica.

The idea of sending someone a bill for failing to come to your wedding is such an absurd concept that I had a hard time believing it was real. However, after conducting an investigation with the help of my trusty sidekick Google, I can confirm the Royalton Negril Resort and Spa recently hosted a couple named Doug and Dedra along with the few dozen guests who watched them get hitched.

The invoice has been a hot topic of conversation since it started making the rounds on Twitter, with plenty of people expressing astonishment at the unbridled tackiness of the gesture.

However, plenty of others came to Doug and Dedra’s defense and argued the invoice was justified.

I’m personally hesitant to rule either way without knowing all the details. Ghosting a wedding you RSVPed to is obviously a dick move, and if we’re operating under the assumption that the guest who got hit with this bill didn’t even attempt to give the couple some last-minute notice, I can’t help but respect the pettiness of this gesture.

With that said, if you can afford to get married at a resort in Jamaica, $240 probably isn’t going to make or break you (and if that’s the case, you really, really need to reconsider your priorities). We’re also talking about a destination wedding that was consciously held while a pandemic continues to rage, so even if the guest confirmed their attendance during the final headcount, I think they get a pass assuming they gave the bride and groom a heads-up.

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Connor Toole is the Deputy Editor at BroBible. He is a New England native who went to Boston College and currently resides in Brooklyn, NY. Frequently described as "freakishly tall," he once used his 6'10" frame to sneak in the NBA Draft and convince people he was a member of the Utah Jazz.