Bride's bizarre request sees guests pay $19k for her wedding

Sarah Carty
·Lifestyle Editor
·3-min read

A bride-to-be managed to get her guests to fork out $19k for her wedding after not realising she had to pay the vendors on the day.

In a Reddit post, a person presumably close to the family revealed that two days before her wedding, the woman, called Karen, rang her brother, Matt, asking if she could ‘borrow’ $19,500 (US$15,000) for her big day.

While Matt “really loved his sister”, the thread says Karen “wasn’t the brightest bulb in the box”.

“Karen calls her brother 2 days before her wedding. Says to him ‘I put deposits down for the hall, the photographer, the caterer, the flowers and the DJ. But I didn't know I had to pay in full on my wedding day, I thought I could pay later. Do you have $15,000 I could borrow?’,” the post reads.

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Matt laughed at her on the phone and told her: “Nope I don’t have anything I can give you”.

wedding bouquet in hands of the bride
A bride asked her guests if she could 'borrow' money from them to pay for her wedding. Photo: Getty Images

The thread says the pair chatted for a few minutes and then hung up. However Matt got another call ten minutes later from one of Karen’s bridesmaids, saying the wedding was cancelled.

While he thought it was sad at the time, he didn’t think much more about it, until a year later, when Karen took to Facebook to post a first anniversary message.

"Happy 1 year anniversary. I can't believe it has been a year already. Here are photos from the wedding,” Karen’s post on the social media site said.

"Turns out Karen, called every family member, pumped them for money. When they said No, they were uninvited," the Reddit post read. 

Bride and groom close up saying their vows
The bride's brother said he had no idea she went ahead with her wedding after he refused to give her money. Photo: Getty Images

"She had a very small wedding with a good sized party afterwards. Her own brother, grandmother and a few aunts were all uninvited. 10 years later she still complains they weren't there for her 'special day'."

People online were baffled by the bride's move, while other couldn't understand how it took Karen's brother a year to realise that she was married. 

"Reading between the lines, I have the feeling they may normally avoid seeing or hearing from Karen as much as possible. And if they didn't before, they probably started after she started calling around asking for $15000," one person wrote. 

My brother got married and didn’t tell ANYONE for four years. It can be done," another person wrote. 

Another person thought it was strange that the vendors didn't need to be paid in full before the wedding day. 

"Most vendors I’ve seen require paid in full weeks, if not months, in advance," they wrote. 

Another person simply wrote: "Wow! Just wow! At a loss for words!"

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