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Cousin slams bride for charging guests $50 VIP entrance fee to get on 'exclusive' guest list and skip any lines at her wedding

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 20/01/2020 James Gordon For Dailymail.com

An invited wedding guest has told how a bride wanted to charge each of those attending $50, in the hope of recouping some of the costs spent on her 'special day.'

In a story posted to Reddit, the 19-year-old cousin of the bride recounted how the 26-year-old had texted her to ask if she wouldn't mind paying the fee to attend her nuptials. 

In return, she promised to add her to an 'exclusive guest list' which would mean 'no waiting in line to enter the wedding while other guests pay'. 

a woman sitting at a table cutting a piece of paper: A bride texted her cousin to pay $50 to attend her wedding to help with costs (file photo) © Provided by Daily Mail A bride texted her cousin to pay $50 to attend her wedding to help with costs (file photo)

The teenager wrote how she was shocked by the forward request and quickly decided to forgo the wedding altogether. 

'I'm a 19-year-old student, I don't have a lot of debt, but I can't be throwing my money around like I'm rich,' Reddit user DaintySheep wrote.

After the bride explained to her over a text why she was deciding to charge $50 to attend the ceremony, the cousin told how she was equally apalled after being asked to send her the money through the Venmo app. 

'I was shocked. I responded asking why and she said she wanted to get the money she spent on her special day back. I told her I wouldn't be able to come because this was outrageous and that I wish her well on her special day.'

But the drama didn't end there. The bride then decided to contact her aunt over her neice's failure to stump up the cash, at which point the aunt labelled her 'cheap and rude'.

a group of people in a tent: The cousin was so astounded by the request, she decided not to go which led her aunt to call her 'cheap and rude' (file photo) © Provided by Daily Mail The cousin was so astounded by the request, she decided not to go which led her aunt to call her 'cheap and rude' (file photo)

'My parents offered to pay for my entry, but I refused,'DaintySheep wrote in her posting.

Online commentators quickly came to the support of the would-be guest who also agreed that asking guests to pay was outrageous.

'Funny thing is she probably would have gotten $100+ per guest just through gifts and 'recouped their loses' if she hadn't said anything. Now she's going to lose guests and a lot of those that do come may consider the $50 entry fee their 'gift' and (rightfully so) not get her anything extra. She played herself,' wrote one.

'I get people don't have a lot of money to throw a big fancy wedding,but why can't they stay within their budget and not expect their guests to pay for their big day?' added another.

'Wow is she going to ask them to pitch in with the dishes too?' joked another. 

One person believed the idea of guests paying up was becoming something of a trend: 'The entitlement of bridal couples is appalling. None of my family would show up - and I wouldn't blame them.' 


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