Next time when someone invites you to their wedding, you better show up or this might happen. A Chicago-based couple sent a $240 invoice to the guests who failed to attend their wedding without prior information, to recover the expenses they incurred on those guests.
Doug Simmons and Dedra McGee categorised these no show guests as "No Call, No Show" guests and said they will charge them for the expenses of the reception dinner for them and their plus-ones.
Taking to Facebook, Doug wrote, "Don’t be offended when I send this #invoice to you. It’s gonna look something like this. I’ll be sending it via email and certified mail… just in case you say you ain’t get the email.#PETTYPOST"
Here's how the invoice looks like.
A note has been added to the invoice that gives the recipient information about what and why is he/she is being charged the amount.
"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 note reads.
The couple has also mentioned the payment method they would be accepting. "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 note added.
All the "No Call, No Show" guests have been given a one month period to pay the amount.
The move has become somewhat a trend and the couple has received over 200 messages from others who have experienced something similar.
The invoice thing received several reactions on Twitter where most people supported the couple's decision. Catch some reactions here.
However, another user was against the move and said it was petty to charge guests who couldn't show up.
"Nah, this is petty. You create a budget for any event in advance. Either you can afford it if everyone shows up or not. No shows at a wedding might be personally hurtful but guests don't owe you shit," she wrote.