Written by Katie Byrne, published 30th aug 2017
A cautionary tale, people...
Bride-to-be Donna Sidebotham was heartbroken when she thought friend Chris Kimber was unable to attend her wedding day.
Meanwhile, Chris thought Donna had simply snubbed him - and not invited him to her wedding day.
The reality was that Chris's wedding invitation simply got a little lost in the post. And by a little, we actually mean a lot - the invite didn't turn up until five years later.
Neither Chris nor Donna mentioned the fact the invite hadn't arrived - with both left baffled and hurt by the other's perceived snub. Donna tied the knot with beau Brian on Monkey Island in Berkshire back in 2013, with Chris notably absent from the celebration.
The irony was Donna, from Bucknell, had actually been very punctual with sending out her wedding invitations, posting them in July 2012 ahead of the April 2013 nuptials.
Donna commented: "I had put my return to sender on the back in case any letters got lost, so assumed if there were any problems it would come back to me. But after a few weeks and no response from Chris I assumed that he couldn't make it. Meanwhile Chris thought that I hadn't invited him to my special day - even though he'd come to my engagement party!"
She continued: "There was one occasion when we met up and he told me that he never received an invite - and I told him of course I did invite him but I don't think either of us really believed the other's story."
However, the story has a happy ending. On August 10, Donna received a WhatsApp message from Chris, notifying her he'd finally received the invitation - only five years after it was originally posted.
Donna explained: "I checked my phone and saw Chris had sent me loads of photos with pictures of the invite. He wrote 'oh my god you did send an invite to me!' Obviously after the evidence was there with the date January 10, 2013 he did believe that I had sent it. I think now we can rekindle our friendship now that we know Royal Mail is to blame. I have no idea why it took so long to arrive - it literally makes no sense".
A Royal Mail spokeswoman said: "Royal Mail has investigated this matter fully and it is likely that the letter has been put back into the postal system by someone, rather than it being lost in the post. Once an item is in the postal system then it will be delivered to the address on the envelope. We will also be directly contacting the customer about this matter".
The moral of this story? Communication is key - and sometimes, aggressive RSVP-chasing can be a blessing in disguise!
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