Is this Starbucks or a wedding?
One wedding guest at a reception in the U.K. took to the internet to ask if it was normal to charge for tea and coffee at a wedding—because she was and thinks it was in poor taste to present a bill for $2.50 per cup.
The shocked woman took to Mumsnet to ask if anyone had ever experienced being asked to pay up for tea or coffee at a wedding.
“Recently attending a wedding of a friend...I just felt it was a very poor and stingy wedding, at the reception they had a hot chocolate bar, they were charging for this (and tea, and coffee....) the woman, using the name StingyWedding, wrote. “Am I wrong to think if you invite people to a wedding you actually host and therefore provide for your guests? Not expecting a free bar but some table wine and soft drinks surely?”
She also added a picture from the party advertising the prices.
A few people agreed that charging for tea and coffee was “tight,” but many also told the woman to take a hike because she was being rude.
“Maybe they just couldn't afford to cater for everyone and given that places hike prices up for wedding functions I don't blame them,” one woman wrote. “It was probably a choice of have guests pay for their drinks etc or not invite them at all. I'd be thankful for the invite. If you don't like it you can always not buy drinks and just go home.”
Another wrote: “We couldn't afford to provide wine for everyone at ours. I was under the impression that our family and friends had come to celebrate our marriage, not to be provided with alcohol.”
“At a wedding reception, I'd expect all food and drinks to be provided for free, with the possible exception of alcohol,” wrote another commenter.
“Well my husband and I had our reception in a pub (closed to public for the day) bought our own champagne for the toasts and the rest was pay at the bar if you want to keep drinking (tea and coffee included) we probably had 80+ people there and I heard no complaints. We did provide a massive buffet too! My wedding cost less than 2000, including church fees, dress, suit, rings etc, we actually made back what we spent by friends and family giving money and put that in a joint account for a mortgage one day,” wrote one former bride.
Another said: “The people who are talking about free booze, have you looked at the picture? It's £2.50 for a cup of tea!!”
“In weddings of old, you invited your friends and family, everyone brought pot luck and you were married in your best dress and moved into your new home maybe after a three day trip to the beach. Now it seems a requirement that you feed half of the western world, invite business friends, wear a dress that would pay your mortgage for 2 months that you will never wear again, provide a band and everything else that goes with a modern wedding. And money was NEVER considered as a gift except from parents. And you get to be seated next to no one you know,” said one woman.
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