One bride decided to present her wedding guests with a tiered menu that offered fine cuisine to the guests who brought large cash gifts and lesser food to cheaper gift-givers. Although the bride claimed it was all an elaborate joke, social media critics skewered her for proposing such a ridiculous scheme in the first place. The menu allows guests to choose from different dinner items depending on the value of their wedding gift.
“So that we may prepare your preferred dinner, please circle your gift level and indicate a meal choice for each person in your party.”
The gifts, which are called “Loving Gift,” “Silver Gift,” “Golden Gift,” and “Platinum Gift,” range from contributions of $25 all the way to $2,500. Those who bring large gifts are welcomed to dine on “filet mignon” or “lobster tails” or a “2 pound lobster plus souvenir champagne goblet.”
The RSVP card also indicated that vegetarian and Kosher meals were available, but guests must bring a minimum of $100 to accommodate the special request.
“Vegetarian and Kosher meals are available at this (Platinum Gift) level. Please indicate this as your preference.”
Also, the card added, “The souvenir champagne goblet is only available at the platinum gift level.”
The British bride concluded her menu card with: “The favor of your reply is requested by the thirteen of September.”
The RSVP card was slammed by critics online when it was shared with the extremely popular Reddit “Wedding Shamming” thread. Because the bride expected her guests to indicate the size of their cash gift in order to enjoy better meals, the newlyweds outraged people across the country.
But the bride swears it was all a “joke,” according to blog Jersey Bride. However, guests did not realize they were being pranked and were outraged until the bride told them they should be smiling instead of sneering.
Those who shared the wedding invitation online – or those who came across it on the internet – labeled it anywhere from “gross” to “tacky.” Most people agree.
“I’d be likeCan you take my gift of $250 (because that’s the minimum expected, naturally) and use it to design better wedding invites. The irony. The audacity. So gross.,” wrote Natalie P.
Another woman wrote, “Ignoring the obvious, is this saying you have to give a $1000+ gift to get a vegetarian option!?”
While the couple might have been making a joke, it failed. As the wedding invitation got shared on Twitter and Facebook, people across the world started criticizing its audacity.
“After this started getting gossiped about (and posted on FB), the couple who sent this out with their wedding invitations said it was a joke, and they were surprised no one ‘got’ the joke,” the wedding blog said.
One person wrote, “I’m bringing a $25 check and a tuna sub.”
“There is a direct inverse correlation between wedding cost and marriage longevity. So this one is doomed.”
Timothy Boone added, “I’m looking at that and wondering who would have been the most furious if my wife and I had pulled this for our wedding. My mother, her mother, or one of her aunts.”
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