A wedding is supposed to be a happy time for all involved, but sometimes things don’t go to plan, especially when it comes to budgeting the event.
That was certainly the experience one Reddit user had when she was invited to a wedding at a “gorgeous and expensive” venue, only to find the cost of hosting the “beautiful ceremony” meant cutbacks in other areas.
The woman was shocked to discover she and nine other guests had been tasked with washing up all the dirty dishes after the bride and groom chose to “self-cater” their wedding but failed to hire anyone to clean up the mess.
She wrote: “The bride and groom blew most of their wedding money on the venue and the bride’s (admittedly beautiful) couture gown, so they decided to ‘self-cater’.
“Whatever. Dinner is over, we are starting the reception thing, when the maid of honour starts coming around and asking some of us to come with her into the kitchen. We go. There is no AC so this kitchen is about a zillion degrees. She shows us stacks of plates and cups and then tells us we need to wash them?!?
“Apparently part of self-catering is you rent the dishes and glassware, and if they aren’t returned clean at the end of the evening you lose your deposit. But since the bride and groom are pinching pennies at this point, they haven’t hired anyone to clean up. So I and about nine other guests spend most of the reception in the kitchen, elbow deep in soap and water.”
And to make matters worse, the couple also failed to provide enough food for all their wedding guests, meaning a quarter of them – including the poster’s partner – went hungry.
The woman added: “Food looks great, I serve up my plate and go sit down. My BF at the time, now my husband, has gone to the restroom. There were only a few restrooms available for guest use so it took a while for him to get through the line. He then comes back to the table with an empty plate. When I asked why, he says there’s no more food.
“Okay, no problem. I find the bride’s mom and whisper that she should probably ask the caterers to put out more food. She gets a peculiar expression on her face and says there is no more food. What was on the buffet line is all that they have. Period.
“They wanted a certain ‘opulence’ so they purchased top-of-the-line ingredients (good cuts of meat, artisan breads and cheeses, etc.) which meant they ended up with only enough to feed about 3/4 of the guests. The rest went hungry.”
To top it all off, the couple divorced “three years later”.
The Reddit post garnered dozens of comments, with many suggesting the woman should have refused to wash up.
One wrote: “I would have refused and left right then and there.”
While another quipped: “I might have punched the lovely couple. That’s it.”