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Bride sparks debate after charging £1,000 ‘no-show’ fee to guest who couldn’t come to her wedding

Rhiannon Ingle

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Bride sparks debate after charging £1,000 ‘no-show’ fee to guest who couldn’t come to her wedding

Featured Image Credit: Pexels/Instagram/@shesonthemoneyaus

Every single bride-to-be will do things differently when it comes to their special day but one in particular has seemed to really ruffle some weathers.

The Aussie bride has sparked a serious debate online after confessing her controversial decision to charge a whopping £1,000 'no-show' fee to a guest who couldn’t come to her wedding last minute.

She shared the ordeal with the She’s on The Money podcast explaining a little more about the situation.

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The woman asked the podcast whether or not it was reasonable to ask the guest to cover the cost of their seat after pulling out of the wedding, which was taking place interstate.

She shared with the hosts: "It's now one week out from the wedding and I have already given the confirmed numbers to the venue and paid the outstanding amount, which was $18,600.

"Within the last week ten guests, who had previously RSVP’d that they were coming have now cancelled citing that it's too expensive for them to travel interstate.

"I am scrambling to cover their seats, otherwise I’m effectively wasting $2,000.

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"Is it reasonable to request that they cover these costs themselves?"

The bride was sure to add that she provided all prospective attendees with a 'Save the Date' over a year ago and sent out formal invites in January of this year leaving most guests to RSVP by July.

One bride has sparked a heated discussion after charging a £1000 'no-show' fee to a guest who couldn’t come to her wedding. Credit: Delmaine Donson / Getty Images
One bride has sparked a heated discussion after charging a £1000 'no-show' fee to a guest who couldn’t come to her wedding. Credit: Delmaine Donson / Getty Images

However, even with all the organisation, it's clear not everything went to plan.

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"So sorry, I know we RSVP'd yes and the wedding is next week but we just can’t afford to travel interstate at the moment," the text message read from the guest to the bride.

"Hope you understand, would love to have been there."

The podcast shared the exchange on Instagram where people have since rushed to share their verdict on the matter with many slamming the guest for being 'at fault'.

One Instagram user insisted: "No one books flights for an interstate wedding the week prior.

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"The guest is 100 per cent at fault here and is not a nice friend for doing this. It’d be different if she/partner/family fell ill and couldn’t make it. But no one plans their travel a week prior and suddenly finds out they can’t afford it…"

A second agreed: "In this circumstance the guest/s absolutely would have known and should reimburse the couple."

"Given they said YES in July – they had almost 6 months to ensure they could save for it. Very disappointing they committed to coming but then didn’t plan to be able to afford it," echoed a third.

The situation split the internet in half. Credit: Instagram/@shesonthemoneyaus
The situation split the internet in half. Credit: Instagram/@shesonthemoneyaus
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"Any other investment other than relationships has cancellation policies lol it makes sense to me that you owe the couple money or at least it would be the right thing to do … if you cancel late,” chimed in another.

Others, however, criticised the bride and groom for their 'weird' demand.

"It feels weird to *ask* someone to cover the seat. Makes even inviting them seem like a transaction," penned one.

"I think it’s a nice thing to OFFER. But if you don’t offer, I would never ask you to. No-shows are common place. Work it into your wedding budget," explained a second.

A third wrote: "If you can’t afford to cover the cost then have a cheaper wedding."

"I don’t understand how weddings have become paid ticket events," wondered a fourth. "If invited, it’s a hosted event."

A final Instagram user added: "This is the bride and groom’s event so it’s up to them to cover the cost and NOT the people they chose to invite."

Where do you stand?

Topics: Sex and Relationships, Real Life, Wedding, Money

Rhiannon Ingle
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