Last minute cancellations of wedding guests often leave the bride and groom with a waste of food that burns money.
A newly married couple found a way to convey this fact with a gag bill they shared with family and friends on social media, but they didn’t realize their post would go viral and highlight a bigger problem of RSVP.
Douglas and Dedra Simmons from Chicago, Illinois, tied the knot at the Royalton Negril Resort & Spa in Jamaica earlier this month.
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They started planning their big day in November 2020 and contacted their guests four times to confirm the final roster, Douglas Simmons told FOX News.
Simmons said four guests and their plus-ones were no-calls, no-shows, although they agreed they would be there every time.
The Simmons saw an opportunity where they could vent their frustrations and lecture on RSVP etiquette with a fake invoice.
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Simmons said he and Dedra shared the bill on Facebook five days after their wedding, which took place on August 18, 2021.
“Don’t be offended when I send you this #invoice,” he captioned the post. “I’m sending it by email and regular mail.”
A reception meal for two cost Simmons and his wife $ 240, which included appetizers, entrees, and an upscale bar.
“Everyone tells the bride and groom to just eat the price and not worry about it. Why is it okay? Simmons said in an interview with FOX News.
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He also wondered why potential critics might find it “cheesy or classless” to share a joke bill rather than a no-call, no-show.
“It’s about integrity and consideration,” Simmons explained. “In my opinion, it is time for people to hold others to account”
While the bill included a due date and payment methods, Simmons clarified that he and his wife weren’t actually looking for money from guests who didn’t show up.
Some of their guests apologized for not giving the couple advance notice and even offered to pay, but Simmons said he and Dedra didn’t accept them.
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“It wasn’t about the money. It was about teaching a lesson,” he said. “Now they see it doesn’t feel good when someone sends you an invoice or you see an invoice for something you said you were going to do. “
In a follow-up post Simmons shared on Thursday, he said he received more than 200 messages from people who appreciated the bill. Others have shared their own RSVP “horror stories”, Simmons said.
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SIMmons said he and Dedra had 101 guests on their special day and appreciated everyone who attended. They also appreciate guests who let them know in advance that they won’t be able to come.
“We had a fantastic time,” said Simmons. “It was a nice day.”
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The publication of The Simmons’ viral bill is still causing a stir on social media and has been shared by comedian DL Hughley and many more. Thousands of people have since posted their position on the RSVP tag.