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Bride faces backlash over ‘awful’ treatment of wedding guests: ‘[They] knew what they were doing’

Emerald Pellot
·3-min read

A bride and groom are under fire for taking advantage of their bridal party. 

A wedding guest went on Reddit’s “Wedding Shaming” forum to share what happened to her friend, a groomsman. The wedding went off without a hitch, but soon after the bridal party realized they had footed a lot of the bill. It turned out the bride and groom had asked the bridal party to complete numerous tasks that required purchases and the couple never paid anyone back. 

“Whenever anyone complimented the bride or groom about how beautiful the wedding was and saying that it ‘must cost a fortune,’ they would graciously thank them and tell them it was surprisingly cheap and that they did a lot of the stuff themselves,” the Reddit poster explained. “I was having lunch with my friend who was a groomsman. He mentioned how he was really out-of-pocket after the wedding and felt awkward trying to chase up all the money that he had spent. Throughout the whole planning of the wedding, the bride and groom would delegate tasks for the bridal party to do: order the flowers for the bouquets, order table decorations, buy little bits and pieces. They wouldn’t give them the money to go and do it.” 

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At the time, the bridal party assumed the couple would eventually pay them back. But that’s not what happened exactly.

“After the wedding, the bride and groom thanked the bridal party for all their help and never mentioned paying anyone back,” the Reddit poster said. “Over the following weeks, the other members of the bridal party asked each other, ‘Hey, did you ever get paid back?’ When they realized that no one had, they calculated that it was a couple of thousand dollars combined that the bridal party had inadvertently paid for the wedding. A few of them tried to follow up with the bride and groom and they seemed very apologetic that they had completely forgotten. But when everyone started to list all the things that they had bought, the bride and groom seemed reluctant to pay up.” 

Reddit users didn’t like the bride and groom’s conduct.

“That’s awful. Did the bride and groom get their wedding party gifts? It wouldn’t make this ok, but it would add to how awful they acted,” one person commented

“They absolutely knew what they were doing,” another said.

“It was intentional. If it had been an accident they would have paid up when brought to their attention,” someone wrote

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