Bride Faces Backlashes for Offering Tiered Wedding Menu Depending Upon Guests’ Cash Gifts
It’s no surprise that weddings are expensive. In fact, the average cost of a wedding in 2019 was $33,900, according to The Knot’s 2019 Real Weddings Study.
That’s a lot of dough to shell out on other people, isn’t it? Sure, the wedding is about you: the bride and groom. But it’s also about pleasing all of your wedding guests. You have to make decisions about what they might like best. Suddenly, the final bill is racking up and you don’t know where to cut ties.
Well, what if you simply charged your wedding guests for attending? It’s the same principle as a restaurant charging for a meal, right? Different menu items cost different amounts. Shouldn’t it be the same for a wedding?
Most of you are probably shaking your head and wondering who could ever do something like this. And we’re here to tell you that, yes, in fact, someone can. And did.
On Reddit’s popular “wedding shaming” thread, a photo of a wedding RSVP card went viral after the bride and groom asked their guests to indicate how much they were going to be gifting the couple, which then indicated what meal they could choose from. She even had different names for each type of gift.
For example, if you planned to gift any amount up to $250, or the “Loving Gift,” you were eligible to receive the roast chicken or swordfish as your meal. For those willing to spend $251 to $500, aka the “Silver Gift,” you could have the sliced steak or poached salmon. For guests writing checks for anywhere from $501 to $1,000, or the “Golden Gift,” you could enjoy filet mignon or lobster tails.
The “Platinum Gift,” or giving anywhere between $1,001 to $2,500 or above, you could have any of the aforementioned choices, or you could have an entire two-pound lobster. (That’s some expensive lobster!)
At this Platinum level gift, the RSVP card indicated that you also qualify for a “souvenir champagne goblet,” to which it’s made clear that you will NOT receive one of these at any other level.
Luckily, it was later revealed that the RSVP was made as a complete joke, and was sent to wedding guests just for a laugh. However, before people knew it was fake, the card was completely reprimanded by viewers who saw it on the thread, calling it completely tacky and even gross. We can’t blame them!
What would you have done if you received a wedding RSVP card in the mail like this?