A woman has shared her frustration after her wedding guest brought her two uninvited children and changed the seating plan – then refused to pay the venue fine
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From guests outshining the bride or wearing white to family rows after one-drink-too-many, weddings can cause a whole host of problems.
They’re also expensive affairs, with basics including venue hire, catering, flowers and other costs quickly racking up huge bills for the bride and groom.
While most guests are often considerate of this fact, some can cause these expenses to skyrocket, which is exactly what one woman found with her wedding.
The anonymous person took to Reddit to ask if they were being unreasonable for asking their guest to foot the bill for bringing her two children along, despite them not being invited.
She began, saying: “I had my wedding last weekend. It was a small wedding at a small venue that has a strict capacity due to fire codes.
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“One of my guests showed up with her 2 children, who were not invited, not in the RSVP, and obviously not in the seating chart.”
Any couple preparing a wedding will be all too familiar with the hours of planning that go into making the day run smoothly.
Yet, this guest also caused further disruption to the pair’s big day by taking it upon herself to alter the seating plan
The poster continued: “She came in, decided to seat them at her table, taking away the spots of my other guests who were actually invited.
“A small commotion broke out when she refused to give those seats back, and the venue manager noticed and said that we’d be charged a fine for exceeding capacity, as stated in the contract.
“When I got the bill, I sent it to her and asked that she pays for it.”
Despite having brought additional guests and inconveniencing others at the wedding, the woman revealed her friend has not only been reluctant to pay it but is blaming the bride for accounting for additional charges.
She explains: “She claimed that it is not her fault, and that I should have factored in unforeseen charges when budgeting for my wedding.
“And she couldn’t find a babysitter, so she had no choice, and that I should be grateful she took the effort to attend my wedding anyway.”
Others on the forum were quick to side with the bride and some even went as far as suggesting she takes legal action.
One wrote: “Drop her like a hot potato. And she definitely had a choice – she could have stayed home with her 2 kids. There shouldn’t be unforeseen charges at a wedding, especially not ones involving people that were NOT invited.
“You will never see the money from her. And with a little luck, you will never see her again.”
Another suggested taking the matter further: “I’m an attorney and based on the facts as you told them to me, you 100% have a cause of action against her. Depending on the amount you were fined, it might be a small claims issue. But since it was your wedding day, if you really want to go after this person, I can’t IMAGINE the emotional damage you just have suffered from this person’s deliberate and insensitive actions.”
Many say she should’ve asked her guest – and the children – to leave immediately, with a user saying: “It’s pretty unlikely she’s going to pay the charge, but she was wrong. I would have had her removed from the wedding when the venue manager noticed and threatened the fine.”
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