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Chicago Newlyweds Who Send $240 Bill to Their No-Show Wedding Guests Go Viral

Brittany Chalmers
Aug 31, 2021
09:40 P.M.
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When guests were a no-show at their wedding, a couple of newlyweds decided to send them a message. It was a not-so-nice thank you card in the form of a $240 invoice.

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Weddings are expensive, and many of the fees need to be paid beforehand. That's why RSVPs are so crucial, and even more important is sticking to the commitment. When guests don't show up, it costs the couple a lot of money.

One Chicago couple decided to teach their no-show guests a lesson by sending them an invoice for $240. The post, which has since gone viral, has garnered varying reactions.

The $240 invoice a newlywed couple sent to guests who were no-shows at their wedding | Photo: Twitter/Phil_Lewis_

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THE COUPLE TOOK A STAND

The couple, who recently got married in Jamaica, came under fire for these actions, which were seen as an extremely petty move by much of the online community. However, a few netizens also applauded their clever ideas.

The couple detailed that the invoice wasn't about the money since all of the expenses were already pre-paid—it was about something much more personal.

Doug Simmons, 44, and Dedra Simmons, 43, expected more than 100 people to attend their destination wedding. They were stunned when they found out there were no-shows.

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"DON'T BE OFFENDED"

When people didn't show up, the couple took a stand. Their reasoning for this was backed up by the fact that they had repeatedly asked their guests if they were coming to the wedding.

A Facebook post shared by Doug Simmons on August 23 said:

“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 ain’t get the email #PettyPost.”

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FEELINGS WERE HURT

Simmons detailed that the invoice was necessary because their guests did not even have the decency to call or text them to explain their absence. He added that he took it very personally.

The couple detailed that the invoice wasn't about the money since all expenses were already pre-paid—it was about something much more personal. They were charging their guests because their feelings were hurt.

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THE ONLINE REACTION

They also said that they took this course of action because they felt disrespected. Twitter users called out the couple, but some also stated they wished they had done the same.

One user said:

"I see their point. When my brother & his wife had their wedding, several guests did not show after RSVPing. Hundreds of $$ added to the final bill for guests that did not show ... Disrespectful!"

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THE COUPLE STANDS BY THEIR DECISION

Someone else condemned the invoice but added that not showing up after indicating that you would is worse. A netizen also said: "Yeah, it’s tacky to no-show. However, no one made them choose a $120/plate reception."

While the internet remains divided on this issue, both of the newlyweds still stand by their decision. Whether or not they have received any of the money from their guests remains unknown.

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