Two Canadian couples embroiled in a bitter war over a wedding gift have garnered international attention after one couple decided to publish the details of their spat in the paper.
Kathy Mason's boyfriend (who chose to remain unnamed) wrote to Paul Berton, the editor of Canada's The Spectator newspaper, asking for the opinion of his readers on a domestic dispute.
He claimed he and his girlfriend Kathy had attended the same-sex wedding of an ex-work colleague and as a gift had purchased a wicker basket and filled it with an array of hand-picked, gourmet food items including fancy salsas, pasta, olive oils and chocolate biscuits.
To the gift, Kathy and her boyfriend reportedly attached a card that read "Life is delicious....Enjoy"
According to Kathy's boyfriend what ensued was a scathing argument between the two couples after the newly-weds requested to see a receipt for the gift hamper, claiming one of the brides was 'gluten intolerant' and couldn't enjoy any of the products.
On top of gluten intolerance, the brides also argued the gift hamper was a misguided gesture as wedding presents should always be cash.
"Hey (sic) it's (Bride 1's) wife Laura. I want to thank you for coming to the wedding Friday. I'm not sure if it's the first wedding you have been to, but for your next wedding... People give envelopes. I lost out on $200 covering you and your dates plate... And got fluffy whip and sour patch kids in return. Just a heads up for the future," the brides wrote to Kathy and her boyfriend.
In a letter he wrote to The Spectator, Kathy's boyfriend claimed he was so outraged that he decided to respond with a scathing email of his own, outlining the extent to which he was offended and offering some advice on wedding etiquette.
"Hi , I want to tell you how incredibly insulted I am in both of the messages you have sent me over the last two days. (Bride 1), I am sorry that you have intolerance to Gluten, I am sure that makes life difficult at times. However, to ask for a receipt is unfathomable. In fact it was incredibly disrespectful. It was the rudest gesture I have encountered, or even heard of. That is until you, Laura, messaged me today," the email began.
The back-and-forth between the couples continued for some time with brides suggesting the purpose of having a wedding was to raise money for a couple's future and Kathy's boyfriend arguing the brides were lucky their union was legally recognised.
The Spectator newspaper invited readers to comment on wedding gift etiquette and whether or not the argument between the couples was justified.