A bride has sparked a furious debate online after she revealed she asked guests to pay $10 to attend her wedding ceremony.
Posting on Reddit, the 23-year-old bride asked if she was in the wrong after her sister criticised her for asking guests to pay the fee.
"We are doing a small wedding and only inviting 20 guests," the bride wrote.
"We decided we wanted to have our wedding up in a canyon, but to access this canyon it costs $10 so we're having our guests pay the $10 to enter the canyon. We put this canyon fee on our invitations."
The bride added after receiving her invitation her sister rang up furious about the fee.
"She called me an a**hole because I was being a cheapskate and there were thousands of canyons that won't have a fee. But me and my fiancé already have our hearts set on this specific canyon and view," she said.
"As the argument went on she started to nitpick our whole wedding plan (having the guests bring their own camping chairs. Not having a real reception just a small dinner for those who attended and posting our registry all over social media but only having 20 people actually be invited).
"We don't want to spend a lot of money and so doing it outdoors is one way of doing that. We also just want our close intimate friends and families to be there so I don't know what's wrong with keeping it small. To those who will ask it's a canyon fee you have to pay at the base so it's not like we could just pay the park rangers in advance and say this should cover it. It's open to the public."
The bride's post attracted thousands of comments from people who were divided over the bride's plan to charge guests $10, saying there were a number of ways she could have covered the cost.
Some said she could have included a $10 note with the invites, while others suggested she nominate a friend to pay for guests at the base of the canyon as they arrived.
"If you don't want to pay $200 for your venue (what covering the 'canyon fee' for all the guests would cost), then find a different venue. 'Me and my fiancé already have our hearts set on this specific canyon and view,' whines [the original poster]. Then I guess you have to come up with $200," one hit out in the comments.
"I don’t see why they couldn’t have someone hanging out there and paying for guests as they enter ... and then if they’re late they can pay their own way. $10 isn’t a lot but it’s the principle," another added.
Others however didn't see the problem with the bride asking guests to pay the fee, with many pointing out it often costs that much to park near many wedding venues.
"Wow, people are really upset over a $10 parking fee, huh? I've paid more than that just to park downtown for a few hours," one said.
"It's awkward but they may have never planned an event before. I'd go. I'd pay $10 to get in. it's not a weird wedding ticket fee – events in cities have paid parking all the time," another added.
"I didn't think this was terrible to be honest. If a friend told me their wedding was in a state park I'd assume I'd have to pay entry. I also wouldn't think it's a big deal to bring my own chairs. I'd probably ask if they wanted me to bring extra," a third commented.
"The $10 fee to me is no big deal to enter a park. I’ve paid more to park at weddings," somebody else agreed.
However, most people took issue with the fact the bride posted her wedding registry on social media to people who were not invited.
"Having a registry still would be fine but plastering it everywhere to people you didn’t invite to the reception is tacky as hell," one said.
"I died at the posting her registry on social media to all the people who were not invited. That’s ballsy," another added.
"That’s tacky… just plain tacky," a third commented.
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