- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 30, 2015

A Minnesota woman is outraged after she received a bill in the mail from her newlywed friends demanding that she and her husband pay for their dinners after they were a no-show the day of the wedding.

Jessica Baker of Golden Valley was getting ready for her friend’s big day when she received a call from her mother that she could no longer watch her children, a local NBC affiliate reported.

Since children were explicitly not invited on the wedding invitation, Ms. Baker and her husband had to cancel.

A few weeks later, the couple received a bill for $75 asking them to cover the costs of their meals.

“You’ve got to be kidding me,” Ms. Baker told NBC. “It listed, we would have had two herb-crusted walleye and there was also a service and tax charge.”

The total came to $75.90.

“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,” the note read, NBC reported.

Ms. Baker said she has no plans on paying it, but she did wonder what else she could have done.

“I guess I don’t know what the right answer would have been. What the right thing to do would have been,” she said.

Ms. Baker received tons of advice on Facebook after she posted a photo of the bill. Sarah Baumann Rogers, editor of Minnesota Bride magazine, called it a “wild story.”

“Under no circumstances should you choose to follow up after the fact … kind of questioning why they couldn’t attend or much less sending a bill,” Ms. Rogers told NBC.

But she understood why some couples would be upset with no-shows after spending so much money on a wedding, which is why she tells people to notify the hosts as soon as possible if you can’t attend. Still, couples should be understanding when last-minute cancellations occur, she said.

“General rule is prepare for about 10 percent of overage or underage when you’re planning a big event like that, and catering companies are well aware of this,” she said.

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