Couple posts a $240 invoice for no-show wedding guests

  • 11 Sep - 17 Sep, 2021
  • Mag The Weekly
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On Douglas Simmons' wedding day, eight of his invited guests were nowhere to be found. While the ceremony in Negril, Jamaica, went off without a hitch, Simmons tells PEOPLE he and his newlywed wife, Dedra, wondered why their no-shows couldn't have let them know before the event. "People might be unable to make it, which is fine," Simmons says. "But when we got to the actual, final headcount, and we had 109 people total, we asked everyone, will you be able to make it? Everyone said yes." After returning home, Simmons said he wanted to find an indirect, but humorous way to let those no-shows know he was bothered by their lack of communication. So, he posted a mock invoice to Facebook asking for $240 from the would-be guests. "This invoice is being sent to you because you confirmed seat(s) at the wedding reception during the Final Headcount," the invoice reads. "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." Simmons says the post was meant as a joke. He has no intention of sending a real invoice to the no-shows but says some have since apologised for their reconsideration.