Newlyweds Who Posted Invoice For No-Show Guests Say Couples Have Actually Tried To Pay Them Back

Update (Sept. 1, 2021):  The newlywed couple who received backlash for creating an invoice for guests who didn’t show up to their wedding said they’ve actually had people try to pay them back, Fox 5 Atlanta reports.

Douglas and Dedra Simmons got married in Jamaica and invited 109 guests to their big day. To their surprise, however, eight of those invited guests didn’t show up and didn’t RSVP saying they would no longer be in attendance, as Blavity previously reported.

“Some people didn’t really have an explanation, they were just like, ‘it is what it is,'” Dedra told FOX 5 New York. “One of the couples, they were extremely apologetic. … They said, ’We’re sorry.’ They did offer to give us the money but of course, we declined. That wasn’t the purpose of the invoice. It was to make a point.”

Although they declined payment from one of the couples, they said, “Whether rich or poor, no one wants their money wasted.”

After posting the invoice on Facebook, the couple said the no-show guests responded.

Original (Aug. 30, 2021): Dedra and Douglas Simmons, a newlywed couple in Chicago, have stirred up a heated discussion on social media after posting a photo of an invoice they created for invited guests who didn’t show up to their wedding at Royalton Negril Resort and Spa in Jamaica.

In an interview with NBC Chicago, the couple said they invited 109 people to their wedding, but only 101 showed up. That was apparently a big deal for the newlyweds who paid $120 per person for the unused seats at the resort.

“If those eight people said, ‘Doug, Dedra, we can’t make it,’ we would have totally understood it, would have been no problem,” Doug said.

When the couple returned home from their wedding, they created an invoice for the cost of two seats and posted an image of the bill on Facebook.

“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,” the bill stated. “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).”

The controversial post, which went viral over the weekend, has been shared by celebrities such as D.L. Hughley

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