There’s bridezillas and then there’s petty pattys. We’re going to put the newlyweds who sent their distant relatives a bill for not showing up to their wedding in the latter category.

Recently, Jessica Baker and her husband received an odd note in the mail. It was a bill totaling $75.90 for the cost of two $30 Herb Crusted Walleye entrees plus a Service & Tax Charge. A note at the bottom of the bill stated:

“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.”

“You’ve got to be kidding me” is the reaction Baker told she had to the news and we pretty much have to agree. The deal is Baker and her husband had every intention of attending their relative’s wedding on August 29 but the day of the ceremony Baker’s mom called and told her she was sick after being exposed to another grandkid’s hand-foot-and-mouth disease. Grandma was supposed to watch Baker’s 2- and 5-year-old kids for the wedding and reception which were adult-only so when she couldn’t come through, the couple had no choice but to miss the nuptials.

As understandable as that is, where the Baker’s potentially messed up was not letting the bride and groom know they wouldn’t make their big day. “We had discussed if we should contact anyone and decided against it because, coincidentally enough, we’d had people RSVP and no-show to our wedding and I knew when I got married I didn’t want to be bothered with phone calls on the day of my wedding,” Baker said. “I just assumed, I guess, that we’d let them know the situation later on.”

It’s clear from the mailed note that the newlywed couple definitely wants an explanation, although the $80 seems to be the bigger priority. But the fact that the pair are distant relatives of the Bakers who haven’t even seen or talked to the couple in 12 years makes their financial request all the more side-eye worthy. Funny enough, for as much attention as this story has received the bill recipients aren’t paying the invoice any mind. Baker said she threw the note away right after she posted it online, but she and her husband are thinking of taking up one responder on their idea for “revenge.”

“I thought the best reply was the suggestion that we write a check to a charity and send the bride and groom the receipt,” she said, “so I think that’s something we may do.”

All we can say is they’re better than us.

Clutchettes, what would you do if someone sent you a bill for not attending their wedding reception?

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  • bamboo_princess

    My mother told me when we started planning- if you’re guest list is more than 50 people then just assume 20% of them wont show, regardless of their rsvp. I’ve been watching in the years since she said that and it’s almost always right.

    • Ang

      Makes sense. If you are inviting more than 50 people there’s a god chance you are not very close to those people. They may not feel as complelled to attend if something else comes up.

    • RaiseTheBar

      Good Point!

      Seems what was missing in the Bride’s and Groom’s lives is QUALITY like Your MOTHER that could help them do better MATH when Planning their Wedding Day.

  • I see both sides of the story. When I was engaged, my fiancee and I were invited to a friend’s wedding and had planned to attend. Two days before the ceremony he was in a car accident and we couldn’t attend. I didn’t call. However, I sent a note explaining our no show with a check for $100.00. This was 14 years ago. I also didn’t have kids at the time. They were extremely grateful for this act of grace. However, when I got married, I had people not call or show and I was fine with it. I just remembered that if I got no call or explanation as to why then they weren’t invited to anything else.

  • Phoenix Ares

    (And I actually do this to to a landlord)…what would I do???

    Wipe the Xerox copy machine with alcohol to kill any germs. Sit butt-naked on it, send the pic to her with “Kiss My” on it.

    May be gross but the message is clear.