Stories about bridezillas have become all too common, but this bride just may take the (wedding) cake.
A bride is, of course, allowed to have her wishes and hopes about her wedding, to make certain demands, and have high expectations about her dream day. But by all accounts and rules of wedding etiquette, asking a wedding guest to reconsider the amount or size of the wedding gift given is bad manners. However, according to one wedding guest of what may be the rudest bride in history, that’s exactly what happened.
The guest happens to be an ex-colleague of the bride, a relationship that’s not even particularly close to begin with — not that a closer relationship would have excused the behavior of the bride and her groom, who seems to be as rude as his new wife. According to the wedding guest’s account, she gifted the newlyweds with a check of £100, as the couple had, apparently, specifically requested cash gifts. £100 is about $144 in U.S. dollars, a rather generous gift amount for an ex-colleague.
The bride and her groom, however, disagreed.
The guest, who describes herself as “gobsmacked,” took to Mumsnet, an online forum, to air her annoyance and ask for advice. After explaining her relationship to the bride, as well as the amount of the gift she gave (stating that it shouldn’t matter, but that she felt it had been a “decent” amount), the guest then went on to detail an email she had received from the bride shortly after the wedding.
“Last night I received an email which opened with a few comments about how glad they were to see everybody and how generous they’d all been, then said ‘we were surprised that your contribution didn’t seem to match the warmth of your good wishes on our big day. In view of your own position, if you wanted to send any adjustment it would be thankfully received.’
“For someone who’s not easily shocked I confess I’m utterly gobsmacked by this. So as not to drip feed I’ll mention that ‘your own position’ probably refers to a recent inheritance I’ve had, which maybe they expected something from (and this is an ex-colleague, remember, not a close friend or relative).”
So not only did the bride and her equally awful groom ask the guest to reconsider the amount she generously gifted them with, they asked because the guest had recently received an inheritance.
The “gobsmacked” wedding guest then asked, “Please, anyone, what do I do now? I’ve never come across anything like this before and still can’t quite believe they’ve done it — but since they have, should I reply, ring them, ignore it or what?”
The internet quickly responded, and their responses bolstered the befuddled wedding guest’s feelings that the bride was being completely rude. Within three days, the Mumsnet user and affronted guest had more than 1,000 responses to her post, and most of them consisted of cancelling the check she had written and gifting the newlywed couple with her reconsidered amount of mere pennies.
“Did they even say thank you? […] Tell them to scrap the cheque and you’ll send a replacement more befitting. Then send them 10p,” one user wrote.
“I’d reply something along the lines of ‘if our gift to you offended you in some way, please feel free to return it,'” wrote another user before referring to the bride as a “cheeky cow.”
“From ex-colleague to ex-friend in one easy move… simple. It is very rude, unreasonable. And even if you had given them a fiver they should be grateful,” wrote another.
The affronted wedding guest responded, saying that she had decided to respond to the bride’s rude email with one sentence.
“I assume this was some sort of mistake?”
The bride has yet to respond — but the check has been cashed, of course.
Have you had a run-in with a truly awful bride? If so, let us know!
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