It’s a classic story: Girl meets girl.
Girl falls in love with girl.
Girl invites former coworker to wedding.
Former coworker brings a homemade gift basket for the brides as a wedding gift, filled with “tri-color pasta, salsas, Balsamic vinegar and Olive, Gourmet croutons, Panko Breading, Pesto, some baking ingredients, Biscuits from Godiva and a few ‘Fun’ items like Marshmallow Fluff, Sour Patch Kids and Butterscotch sauce.”
The stuff of fairy tales, right? (Who doesn’t love pesto? Or Fluff?) Well…
Post wedding, Bride #1 texts coworker to say, hey thanks for the gift, can’t eat it because I’m gluten intolerant, you maybe got a receipt for that? Guest responds by saying “Ahhh shit! Really?!” but not coughing up a receipt (because, hello, weird).
And that’s where things get ugly. Bride #2 texts the coworker:
Hey it’s [Bride 1's] wife Laura. I want to thank you for coming to the wedding Friday. I’m not sure if it’s the first wedding you have been to, but for your next wedding… People give envelopes. I lost out on $200 covering you and your dates plate… And got fluffy whip and sour patch kids in return Just a heads up for the future :)
The wedding guest in question, outraged, replies:
[...] Not only is it wrong to have an expectation of any sort of gift, it is the ultimate insult to your family and friends to mention a gift of monetary value at all, let alone be so boorish to message someone with your disappointment in said gift. Also, you should never host a party that you cannot afford, or expect your guests to pay for it. On that note, I seriously doubt that you had an expense of $100/plate. If you did, you were taken for a ride. [...]
The newlyweds respond:
[...] Weddings are to make money for your future.. Not to pay for peoples meals.
It goes on, but that’s about all you need to know, isn’t it?
Fairy tales just aren’t what they used to be.