A frugal bride has been shamed online for wanting to combine her aunt’s open-casket funeral with her own wedding ceremony to save money.
The unnamed American woman from Santa Maria, California, took to Facebook to let her wedding guests know that her aunt’s body would be on display while she and her partner exchanged vows, The Sun UK reports.
After the post – on which the bride’s name had been removed – was shared on a Facebook page called “That’s It I’m Wedding Shaming”, many social media users reacted in horror, while some were left confused by the bride’s plans, Mirror UK reports.
The bride-to-be defended her decision by saying it was prompted by funeral costs skyrocketing. The post became even more bizarre when the unnamed woman urged friends of her aunt Karen “to stop by” and view her corpse during her nuptials.
In the original post the woman wrote: “Dear friends and family of the wedding, some of you may have gotten the news already but Aunt Karen has sadly passed away from natural causes.
“We are all deeply saddened about her loss but we promise that we will not cancel the wedding next week. In her honour, we know that she would want us to celebrate and have a day filled with love and joy.”
The bride-to-be then went onto explain her decision to hold a funeral at the wedding.
“I would also like to add that funeral costs are skyrocketing and we will have an open casket session during some of the wedding processions.
“Feel free to stop by during the wedding to say goodbyes, she will be on display for those who wish to gain some closure. Remember, even though losing ones we love can be heart breaking – there is also a joy in celebrating love and partnership in marriage.
“We are excited to see you all there on Saturday.”
Users on the group couldn’t understand why anyone would want a corpse on display during their wedding ceremony, Metro UK reports.
“I’m all for honouring the [deceased] woman but a joint wedding/funeral is weird,” one user said.
“ ‘She will be on display’ is the icing on this weird, weird cake of an event,” another commented.