Wedding Guests Billed By Couple For Not Showing Up At Wedding: The Bill Has People Talking

Regina Avalos

Are wedding guests being billed for not showing up to a wedding these days? That happened to one couple. The invited guests that RSVP'd and failed to show to one recent wedding received a rude awakening in their mail after the event was held – a bill for the wedding dinner.

According to WBAL News Radio, Jessica Baker and her husband were all ready to attend the wedding ceremony, but the babysitter they had lined up canceled at the last minute. The invitation made it clear that kids were not allowed at the wedding festivities, so Baker and her husband decided to not attend the event at all.

Baker revealed more about the bill and the reasons behind the no-show to the wedding to the media. Baker and her husband had definitely planned to attend the big day, but Baker's mother was ill.

"We were excited to have a night out and we got a call from my mom saying that my brother's daughter was sick with hand-foot-and-mouth disease and my mom had been exposed and didn't want to expose my kids. She needed to be with her and she wouldn't be able to make it."

— OPD News Feed (@OPDNewsFeed) October 1, 2015

Baker revealed to the media that she did speak to someone about her non-attendance to the event. The brother of the bride called a few days later. She talked about that conversation.

"He said, 'We missed you at the wedding,' and it was at that point that we explained what happened and that we were sorry we couldn't make it. The bride and the groom are a couple that we've not heard from for the 12 years that we've been married, so I'm not very close to the bride and groom really at all. The bride's brother was the person we were closest to. There wasn't a rift; it's just extended family."

People have been reacting to the bill Jessica Baker received since she posted it on Facebook earlier this week. People are posting about the bill on Twitter, and the reaction is mixed.

— Big West Country (@bigwestcountry) September 30, 2015

— Barnett Fung DPM, MS (@fung_barnett) October 1, 2015

One person shared their thoughts on the bill by saying, "As a planner of many events, having no-shows is part of the process. This situation should have been considered long before the wedding ever took place; unfortunately, the (poor) sentiment expressed by the wedding couple after the fact may cost them even more than the dinner did--and may be a troubling indicator of their ability to handle situations in the future."

Other planners have spoken up about the bill, as well.

Jessica Baker was clearly surprised by the bill. Do you think she handled the situation properly? What would you do if you received a bill from someone after you did not attend an event you RSVP'd to? Would you pay up?

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