Would You Bill Guests Who Didn’t Show Up to Your Wedding?

posted: 10/07/15
by: Mara Betsch
woman billed for wedding meal

As any bride-to-be knows, it's pretty annoying, and sort of rude, when a guest RSVPs and then doesn't show up. And though that can cost you money (and the agony over deciding where to put them on the seating chart), usually you get over it by the time everyone hits the dance floor.

But it seems like some brides don't forget.

Just a few weeks ago, Jessica Baker was set to attend a wedding. Her mother offered to babysit her kids, since the wedding invitation said "no children," but had to cancel at the last minute. Baker and her husband, with no other option, had to miss the wedding, according to KARE 11.

And you can imagine their surprise when they received this bill the next week, charging them for the meals they missed.

Not sure what to do, and obviously flabbergasted at the bill, she posted the invoice to Facebook -- and received hundreds and hundreds of comments.

While it's extremely frustrating for brides when guests who RSVP'd yes fail to attend their weddings, most event planners say to estimate for 10 percent over or under the number of guests you think will attend. Either way, an invoice seems a little extreme. Tell us what you think: