Honeymoon phase over: Newlyweds blindside rude no-show guests with $240 bill

The bridal bliss is over for one couple who have taken a decidedly bold new approach to the term, “no show fee”, addressing no-shows at their destination wedding with a stiff $240 bill.

Doug Simmons, 44 and Dedra McGee, (now Simmons) 43 have gone viral for the invoices they sent to guests who RSVP’d “yes” not once, not twice, not three times, but FOUR times and still did not actually attend their Jamaican wedding at the Royalton Negril Resort & Spa.

The no-shows, Doug told the New York Post, “made [him] feel some kind of way”.

“Four times we asked, ‘Are you available to come, can you make it?,’ and they kept saying ‘Yes.’ We had to pay in advance for Jamaica — this was a destination wedding,” the new husband said.

“No one told me or texted me, ‘Hey, we can’t make it.’ That’s all I was asking. If you tell me you can’t make it, I would be understanding — but to tell me nothing, but then let me pay for you and your plus ones? Four people became eight people. I took that personally,” Doug explained to the Post.

The original invoice was posted to Doug’s Facebook and gave a disclaimer at the bottom.

“This invoice is being sent to you because you confirmed seat(s) at the wedding reception during the Final Headcount. The amount above is the cost of your individual seats. Because you didn’t call or give us proper notice that you wouldn’t be in attendance, this amount is what you owe us for paying for your seat(s) in advance. You can pay via Zelle or PayPal. Please reach out to us and let us know which method of payment works for you. Thank you,” the bill read.

Wedding no-shows have been given one month from the August 18 invoice to pony up the $240.

The groom conceded to the Post that yes, he got a “little petty — but I am not some trifling person who is going to bill somebody.”

Simmons, a small business owner in Chicago, insisted that it’s not about the money, but the principle of the thing. He and Dedra were hurt and felt disrespected by the no-shows at their hard-earned dream wedding with more than 100 guests.

The invoices stirred up a lively debate on Twitter about weddiquette:

Doug and Dedra don’t have a plan to enforce the payments and, as some Twitter users surmised, the invoice may have been sent as more of a message to AWOL guests than anything else.

And guests who did attend the wedding may think twice before skipping out on any future milestones of Doug and Dedra.

Kay Apfel

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