Bride asks wedding guests to pay for food, drinks and a slice of cake

Francesca Specter
Yahoo Style UK deputy editor
The bride asked guests to cover the costs of their meals and alcohol. [Photo: Getty/Facebook]

A 19-year-old bride from North Queensland, Australia, has asked her wedding guests to cover the costs of their own meal, alcoholic drinks and the wedding cake.

The unusual wedding guest requests were revealed in a typed letter circulated on Facebook by the bride-to-be‘s cousin.

It reads: “Guests are asked to pay for their own meals, the cost of this is $40 [£22] per head. We will provide a few jugs of basic soft drink and water per table however please note alcohol is at your own expense.

The cousin also shared a text exchange with the bride, who reveals the wedding food includes “platters, main course, cake and a soft drink”, with alcohol costing extra. 

The bride’s letter in full describing the wedding arrangements. [Photo: Facebook]

Weddings are notoriously expensive, as are the hen parties and honeymoons which often accompany them – and, at 19, we certainly couldn’t have afforded to cover food and drink either. The post, however, has divided the internet.

One person wrote: “Bless this mess – this is so tacky. If she can’t afford the wedding/reception, then elope for Christ sake. Absolutely awful.”

However, another person was more sympathetic, writing: “I ‘don’t see anything wrong with it personally. Why does everyone think people need to go into debt for a wedding.”

Another added: “I don’t really see the big deal if they’re not expecting gifts or money which will cost a hell of a lot more than $40 at any wedding I’ve been to.”

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