An invitation to an apparent fundraising dinner has been scrutinised for offering guests menu items based on their chosen gift level.
The invitation was shared to a wedding shaming forum on Reddit, and people wondered if it was a somewhat discriminatory wedding invitation, before others concluded it was for a fundraiser.
On the invitation, guests were asked to select their chosen gift level and corresponding meal choices which appear to be more elaborate for the higher gift spends.
The first tier is the ‘loving gift’, guests have to spend up to $250 and they have their choice of roast chicken or swordfish.
The ‘silver gift’ is for those who have spent between $250 and $500 and those guests can either choose from the ‘loving gift’ menu, or between sliced steak and poached salmon.
The ‘gold gift’ level is for those who have spent between $501 to $1000 and can get the food offered in the previous levels or Filet Mignon or lobster tail.
Those spending above $1000 qualify for the ‘platinum level’, and guests could choose any of the previous options or a 900g lobster.
Guests who are wanting vegetarian or kosher meals can only get such meals by spending $1000+ on the platinum level. Platinum guests also receive a souvenir champagne goblet.
“Bigger cash gift = better dinner?” the Reddit user who shared the photo said.
“Looking again I now see this might be a fundraiser and totally acceptable,” they added.
“If this were for a wedding, not only would I not go, I likely wouldn't be friends with these people afterward.”
A few other people questioned whether or not this was a wedding invite, some thought it may be for a charity event, or a political fundraiser.
“This seems more like something you would encounter at a charity dinner than at a wedding. It's still tacky and horrific, but it feeds into the ostentatious desire to flex on other donors found at some charity events,” someone said.
“I truly hope it isn't a wedding couple.”
A few people were quite confused as to why those with specific dietary requirements would have to spend more on their presents.
“I don't know what's worse, the tiered food based on gift... or that vegetarians/kosher diet people are only at the $1k+ level,” someone said.
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