Newlyweds charge no-show guests $240 at their destination wedding

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Two newlyweds are taking their wedding guest list seriously.

Doug and Dedra Simmons made a fake wedding invoice after several guests failed to show up to their destination wedding, and it’s quickly gone viral on social media.

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The couple tied the knot on August 18 in Negril, Jamaica. They were initially expecting 109 wedding guests, but told Today that eight people didn’t show up to their special day despite RSVPing that they would attend.

"We asked four times from November to August if they would be in attendance, and every time they said yes. If at any time they were unable to attend, we would have truly understood, but to no call no show was a bit disappointing," Doug Simmons told the outlet.

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Due to the wedding’s international location, the bride and groom had to pay for each guest 30 days in advance for the meals.

"We were all on WhatsApp and neither one of us got a text or call from any of them letting us know they wouldn’t be able to make it. When we got home from Jamaica, there was still no call or text," Simmons said.

The groom then decided to create an invoice for the no-show guests to help recoup their losses.

The invoice reads “No Call, No Show Guest” with a charge of $240, $120 for each meal.  The invoice also includes the following note, “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. 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) in advance. You can pay via Zelle or PayPal."

Simmons told Today that the invoice was "meant as a joke" when he posted it on social media and that he had no intention of really sending one. He continued, “I knew just posting it alone would get them in their feelings, which it did.”

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