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Wedding food options have evolved from the once traditional choices of “chicken or fish”. These days, you can have whatever kind of reception you want. A 3-course sit-down, cocktails and nibblies, even buffet style.

But what if you had to earn your dinner?

And when we say earn, we actually mean the more cash you can cough up to spend on a wedding present, the better the bride and groom will feed you. The below wedding invite was shared to the Reddit thread “weddingshaming” assumingly by a disgruntled invitee.

wedding invite asks guests to spend more to "earn" a better meal

The invite states that if you give the couple a “loving gift” worth up to $250 you will have a choice of roast chicken or swordfish. If you’re willing to spend between $251 and $500 you have the above choices or sliced steak or poached salmon. A gift between $501 and $1,000 will add Filet Mignon or lobster tails to your options. A “platinum gift” worth $1,000+ will give you the grandest options of 2-pound lobster and a souvenir champagne goblet.

We know that weddings are so expensive and so stressful because capitalism puts a price on love but we also know that two pounds of lobster does not cost between $1,000 and $2,500. So we’re wondering, is the couple really greedy and superficial or is there another strategy at play here?

Maybe they’re thinking an obscene invite like this will deter people from coming, whittling the long guest list of distant relatives and acquaintances down to the intimate wedding they dream of?

When Kirste shared this news story on The Brekky Show, Sharron called in to give her opinion.

“First off, I wouldn’t go. Secondly, if I wanted to spend that much money I’d be eating like a queen somewhere else!… They’ve totally missed the point of the wedding! It’s not about what you can get, it’s about celebrating your love and announcing your union. What happens if they can’t afford that?”

We’re fascinated by this and we’d love to know, what would you do if you received this invite? Would you attend? Do you think this is legit or the couple are playing at something? We’d love to hear your thoughts. Text us, email us or send us a message on socials.



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