A couple’s wedding invite was branded “rude” and “insulting”.
The bride and groom put their guests into three groups – A, B and C.
Those who were categorised by the first letter in the alphabet were told they took priority.
Then once the pair could see who had pulled out, there would then be room for friends and family members who were in groups B and C.
The RSVP letter reads: “Dear friends and family, please understand that our venue is limited in the number of guests we will be able to accommodate for our wedding day.
“As much as we would love to have each and every one of you join us on our big day, we are forced to split our guests into groups to ensure we do not surpass our capacity restrictions.”
It adds: “Group A: Please RSVP as soon as possible. We appreciate your promptness as we will be able to extend any vacant seats to additional guests.
“Groups B & C: Please keep a close watch on our wedding website for notice that we have space available. If you already know that you are unable to join us, it is helpful that you decline via the RSVP function on our website.
“If possible, we encourage our guests to hire a babysitter for the night and leave your children at home.
“As much as we love kids, we are doing our best to make space for all the guests we can.
“We also ask for our single guests to forego their plus ones if possible. We appreciate your understanding.”
The bottom of the letter tells guests which group they are in.
A snap of the wedding invitation has racked up 2,400 upvotes on Reddit.
Some weren’t impressed with the “rude” letter, with one responder writing: “I don’t understand why you can’t just wait for the ‘group a’ RSVPs and then reach out to your B-team folks.
“This is just insulting without context. Doesn’t seem to be a reason to have to disclose it.”
Another agreed: “COVID or not, being put into prioritised ‘groups’ and then telling everyone which group they’re in, is rude.
“I don’t want to attend a wedding that I’m only going to be invited to if someone else can’t go.
“And blindly putting all family in group A, etc, doesn’t work if you have friends that are closer than family or whatever.”
While many were offended by the letter, others thought it was an acceptable message to send during the coronavirus pandemic.
One Redditor remarked: “Pre-COVID – WTF?! Now – fair play.”
Another agreed: “Yeah, this seems completely acceptable due to COVID-19 restrictions. I would not be offended to be in B or C.
“This is becoming more common with COVID. Group A is immediate family, Group B is aunt’s, uncle, and cousins. And then group C is friends and co-workers.
“My wedding planner told me to do this exact thing before I cancelled the event.”
So what do you think?