"Do not camp here": Bride forced to apologise over passive aggressive sign
A bride in the US has apologised after a handwritten sign claiming a public campaign spot for her wedding reception caused a furore online.
The woman was initially shamed in a Reddit thread after a photo of the pre-wedding message was posted online.
"We will be hosting our wedding ceremony and reception please do not camp here," the message read.
"We have an entire guest list arriving for the weekend to celebrate so if you decide to anyways we will set up around you and do it anyway.
"Make sure you have a gift and a disk for the BBQ. PS this will be a loud music and late night type of weekend so if you're here expect that. There will be 50 of us. Thank you for understanding."
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The post received mix responses, with some furious and others finding it hilarious.
"Bridezilla calls passive aggressive dibs on a public use area in my neighborhood where we all walk, atv, and camp," the poster of the photo wrote.
"No permit, no contact info, no restrooms or trash facilities, and definitely not enough woods for a 50+ person blowout."
"Right. Too cheap or too broke to rent a venue but sufficiently self-important to demand a gift. This is hilarious," one Reddit user wrote.
"This would make me want to camp. And I hate camping," another wrote.
"Okay, I'll call your bluff and all my friends and I will be camping in the middle of your ceremony. You'll just proceed around us, right?" yet another wrote.
A few days later, another update was posted, with the bride-to-be offering an apology.
"I in no way wanted to offend the community," the woman, who describes herself as a "forever Alaskan" posted to Facebook.
"My sign was an effort to detour punk kids trying to party. I can assure the community that we will not be a disturbance and that we will not leave a mess.
"We are forever Alaskans and avid campers. I never in a million years thought the community would uproar.
"I invited 10 people who have multiple kids most of which are toddlers and young kids under the age of 15. My wedding is at 5 and this was a beautiful public area we adore.
"I know the guidelines for fines and I will be contacting the troopers in the morning to make sure they are on notice, how many people will attend, and to make sure I can proceed."
She claimed the message was to deter certain members of the community.
"…I was afraid of drug addicts and party animals. I apologise to anyone insulted," she wrote.
"I'm so sorry for all the confusion we just want to enjoy our peaceful ceremony with our family."