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Imagine getting married and enjoying the celebrations, only to discover at the end of the day that your cards containing money and souvenirs from guests have been stolen.



CLIO, Michigan (WJRT) – Imagine getting married and enjoying the festivities, only to find out at the end of the day that your cards containing money and souvenirs from guests have been stolen.

This is what happened to newlyweds Justin and Alayna Thomas over the weekend.

“As I recall, Justin and I were the last two people to leave the venue, aside from a few vendors,” said the woman, who got married on June 8.

Justin and Alayna Thomas say that all the planning from the June 8th wedding to the next day went perfectly.

“When we came back the next day, Sunday, to clean up, everything was pretty much cleaned up for us and put next to the door. It wasn’t one of my first thoughts, but I said where is the card box, who has the card box,” said Alayna Thomas.

The newlyweds, who are renting a venue in Clio starting June 7, tell us they had everything set up on Friday, including the ticket booth.

The couple didn’t want to believe that someone could be so insensitive on their wedding day, so they took some time to search for the cards and cash before contacting the authorities.

The Thomases didn’t even have the chance to read the beautiful love messages from their 150 guests from near and far or to find out how much money they actually received.

“They didn’t even leave the box. We were going to use it as a piggy bank,” said groom Justin Thomas. “It was the first thing we bought for the wedding. It had the wedding date written on it: June 8, 2024.”

They say they also accept some responsibility, but are still devastated that someone out there took the opportunity to tarnish a special memory.

“I’m a little embarrassed that I didn’t assign someone to do it and take the box with me at the end of the night, but there are a lot of graduations and weddings going on right now, so we just want to make people aware,” said Alayna Thomas.

The couple told ABC 12 that they cannot blame any guest or vendor, but they know that someone took the box.

The Thomases say it’s not about the money and they hope the box can be returned.

Justin and Alayna declined to disclose the name of the venue, but said the owner reached out to them.

The couple said they were told the venue was trying to make things right, but they do not know the details.

They plan to hold a meeting soon.

ABC 12 also reached out to the wedding venue but received no response.

Meanwhile, family and friends have set up a GoFundMe account for the couple to help make amends for the incident.

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