Woman gets bill for missed meal after not attending wedding

Posted at 1:41 PM, Sep 30, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-30 13:41:01-04

MINNESOTA – After missing her friend’s wedding, a Minnesota woman was stunned to receive a bill for the meals she and her husband would have eaten.

Jessica Baker says she had planned to attend the wedding with her husband, but at the last minute her babysitter, who also happens to be her mother, called to say she couldn’t watch the kids because “something came up.”

The wedding invitation specified that children weren’t invited, so they ended up staying home.

A few weeks later an envelope from her newly-married friend arrived at the Baker home — with a bill for $75.90 inside, she told KARE.

“The first thing I thought was, ‘You’ve got to be kidding me,'” Baker said.  “It listed, we would have had two herb-crusted walleye and there was also a service and tax charge.”

On the bottom of the bill an attached note read:

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.

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

While rare, Sarah Baumann-Rogers, the editor of Minnesota Bride Magazine, says that while planning a wedding couples should account for 10% overage or underage costs.

And while there’s nothing wrong with following up after not receiving an RSVP reply, “under no circumstances should you choose to follow up after the fact questioning why you couldn’t attend, much less sending a bill.”

In this case, Baker said she has already thrown the bill away, so it looks like she won’t be reimbursing the couple.