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- A woman shared a scathing Facebook post in which she wrote that a guest at her wedding in western Pennsylvania brought 10 containers and filled them with food from the reception buffet before leaving.
- A screenshot of the woman’s now-viral post – which appeared on the private Facebook page “That’s It I’m Wedding Shaming” before being removed – was featured in a report from WPVI-TV in Philadelphia.
- The guest, who was not initially invited to the wedding, also took beer bottles and centerpieces from the wedding, according to the post.
- Most commenters agreed with the bride that her guest’s actions were unacceptable, but a few commenters pointed out that the leftover food likely would have gone to waste anyway.
- An etiquette expert told INSIDER that minimizing waste from weddings should always be a priority, but bringing your own food containers is unprecedented.
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Weddings are often the best days of people’s lives, but sometimes they can bring out the worst in people.
One wedding guest’s behavior led a woman who says she got married in western Pennsylvania to share a scathing post in the private Facebook group, “That’s It I’m Wedding Shaming,” in which she wrote that the guest arrived with to-go containers to take food home from the buffet-style reception.
According to a screenshot of the post, which no longer appears on Facebook and was featured in a report from WPVI-TV in Philadelphia, the bride and groom were said to have invited approximately 25 people to their wedding reception. The bride’s father’s best friend asked if he could include his daughter and son-in-law, which the woman said she “didn’t have a problem with” in her Facebook post.
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Although the woman said her father’s best friend’s son-in-law did not end up attending, she wrote that his wife arrived with 10 containers that she packed up with food from the buffet as well as desserts from a “cookie table.”
“She loaded up 7 Tupperware containers with food to take home, took about 3 containers of homemade cookies, a couple of bottles of beer, and most of the centerpieces,” the woman wrote of her guest on Facebook. “I didn’t notice any of this, because I was too busy with the whole wedding – but my dad told me about it the next day.”
The woman said that the guest is “not poor by any stretch of the imagination,” adding: “I’m assuming it’s because she just freeloads from anyone and everyone she can! But seriously! Who tf does this?”
The Facebook user also complained that the guest had given her and her husband $5 as a wedding present.
According to WPVI-TV’s report, many responses to the post agreed with the bride that her guest’s actions were unacceptable, but a few commenters pointed out that the leftover food likely would have gone to waste anyway.
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INSIDER spoke with etiquette expert Elizabeth Tulipana of Anticipation Events in Chicago to get her take on the guest’s move
Elizabeth Tulipana, owner of Anticipation Events in Chicago, said that her team “always attempts low-waste events.”
“We help our clients think through solutions to donate food and flowers when appropriate,” Tulipana said. “Allowing guests to take home extra food and flowers can be organized with fun to-go containers and signage which lines up beautifully in the wedding etiquette department.”
That being said, Tulipana said that, in her experience, what the last-minute guest’s supposed actions at this particular wedding in western Pennsylvania are unprecedented. “Have we ever had guests bring their own to-go containers? Heck no!”
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