disguised as a formal wedding invitation. The anti-invite went viral
after she shared her story on Reddit.
Alyssa & her husband Alex.
that her family drove her to run away from home at the age of 16 after
years of physical, sexual, and emotional abuse. Despite the many years
of drama that followed, the 23-year-old hadn’t had any direct contact
with her parents in seven years.
‘It’s the first time I’ve
contacted them of my own accord. My grandparents keep pushing me to meet
up with them and play happy families.‘It’s been seven years since I ran away and I’ve reluctantly met up with them maybe half a dozen times.’
exclusively revealed that after months of back and forth discussions
with other family members on whether or not to invite her parents, she
‘I went home and wrote my parents the
de-invitation. I opened up a word document, found the nicest calligraphy
font I could, loaded up the printer with some of the lovely parchment
paper left over from the other invitations, and wrote,’ she said.‘I then found a nice matching envelope,
addressed it with a fancy gold pen, and posted it. I mean, if you’re
going to send someone a memorable “stuff you”, you may as well go
all-out.‘Writing and sending that letter made me
feel so much better about all the stress I’d been under. Not only had I
refused to allow myself to be bullied into something I didn’t want, but I
also took a stand.‘While it may have been childish and immature, it made me feel as if I’d taken back power from them.’
‘Together with our friends and family,
Alex and Alyssa, would like to invite you to suck it and bask in our
happiness, your bitterness and our mutual irritation at each other’s
existence… As we completely ignore yours and celebrate our marriage
without you.‘There will be a lovely ceremony, followed by cake, food and general merriment.‘And you’re not invited to any of it. Because f*** you that’s why.’
to her parents? Do you think it was too harsh — or do you not blame her
for wanting to take control of her special day?