Have you ever sent in an RSVP to a wedding announcement adding your plus one, only to find out later that you can’t make the big event? Well, next time that happens, watch out because you just might get a bill in the mail for your no show.
That is exactly what happened to a woman in Minnesota when she wasn’t able to make a friend’s wedding. Weeks after the big day, she got a bill in the mail for $75 for the meal and drinks she wasn’t there to consume.
Jessica Baker of Golden Valley, Minn., had sent in her RSVP saying that she intended to attend a friend’s wedding; but at the last second, she and her husband lost their babysitter and had to stay home because the wedding had a “no children” policy.
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Explaining why she missed the wedding, Baker said her mother, who was supposed to babysit, “called at the last minute and had something come up and said ‘I can’t make it.'”
But weeks after the wedding ended, Baker got a bill for the meals that she and her husband weren’t there to eat. According to the bill, two “herb-crusted walleye” dinners, plus tax and service charges, came to $75.90.
A note appended to the bill said, “This cost reflects the amount paid by the bride and groom for meals that were RSVP’d for, reimbursement and explanation for no show, card, call or text would be appreciated.”
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Baker said that when she opened this bill, she said, “You’ve got to be kidding me!”
The Minnesotan also insists that she has no intentions of paying the bill.
Wedding consultants say that in planning big events like weddings and receptions, couples should plan to have at least 10 percent more than they need in case things don’t go exactly as planned.
But perhaps the ire of those getting married are at some level inevitable as weddings become more elaborate and more expensive than ever.
A recent Market Watch article notes that wedding costs have soared by 16 percent in the last four years alone.
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