In 2018, the average wedding typically set couples and their family members back about $44,000, according to the Brides American Wedding Study, which surveyed more than 800 brides and spouses-to-be.

The study also discovered that most weddings had less than 200 guests, with an average of 167.

And even though most of the people who RSVP usually show up, some don’t.

According to HuffPost writer Philip Lewis, one couple recently came up with an unorthodox plan how to address all the no-shows for their wedding reception.

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Interestingly, the before-mentioned study found that the number of couples who get their parents involved in the bottom line has hugely increased since the year before, with many of those lovebirds completely removing themselves from the payment plan.

In 2017, nearly three-quarters of the couples surveyed contributed in at least some way to their wedding costs—with about half paying for the whole thing themselves—while the rest left it all up to their parents. In 2018, however, those numbers have almost completely flipped: Just 27 percent of couples said they’d fully paid for their wedding, while 42 percent handed off that responsibility to their parents. Overall, just 58 percent of those surveyed contributed to their own nuptials, which is nearly a 20 percent decrease from 2017.

So even though weddings (before the pandemic) were getting more expensive on average, the couples seem to no longer be able to pay for themselves. All the more reason for the guests to notify them if they’re not coming; I’m not saying the no-shows deserve an invoice. Just that a little more empathy from both sides would probably go a long way.

The internet is having mixed opinions about this. Some are laughing at the document

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While others are defending the couple, saying the guest are in the wrong

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