Wedding Invitation Returned With Money from Stranger After Going to Wrong Address


The stress of planning a wedding is unlike any other. There is a venue to pick, a dress to buy, a bridal party to organize, food to order and invitations to send out.

It is no surprise that bride-to-be Cassandra Warren was feeling a little overwhelmed while planning her 200-person wedding.

So, when she accidentally sent an invitation to the wrong address, the kindness of a stranger helped her get through the issue.

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There are few things as frustrating as receiving back a letter you sent weeks ago by snail mail because you wrote in the wrong address.

But sadly for this bride, that’s exactly what happened.

As she was pulling together addresses for the 200 invitations she had to send out for her June wedding, she misnoted her aunt and uncle’s address in Eugene, Oregon.

Instead of a quick “return to sender” scrawled across the envelope, the mystery receiver sent along a special message with something else tucked inside.

When her fiancé, Jesse Jones, opened the envelope, Warren was “mid-meltdown.”

“I wish I knew you — this is going to be a blast. Congratulations – go have dinner on me,” the envelope read. “I’ve been married for 40 years — it gets better with age.”

Inside the envelope was a $20 bill — money for a date night for the couple.

“It was kind of perfect timing,” Warren said. “I was really grateful for it.”

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A closer look at the envelope showed one more message to the couple. “Live long and prosper” it read, referencing Star Trek.

“She assumed we’d understand her message,” Warren said. “Which we did.” The couple considers themselves “Trekkies” and has a nod to two other fandoms — Star Wars and Harry Potter — on the corner of their wedding invitations.

Neither Warren or Jones know the mystery writer, but Warren sent the writer a thank you card addressed to the “Kind Stranger” as appreciation for them taking the time to brighten her day.

“Thank you for the note and taking the time to send it. Not many people would have done that. It was a big blessing after the day I was having. I am thankful for people like you still being in the world.”

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Erin Coates was an editor for The Western Journal for over two years before becoming a news writer. A University of Oregon graduate, Erin has conducted research in data journalism and contributed to various publications as a writer and editor.
Erin Coates was an editor for The Western Journal for over two years before becoming a news writer. She grew up in San Diego, California, proceeding to attend the University of Oregon and graduate with honors holding a degree in journalism. During her time in Oregon, Erin was an associate editor for Ethos Magazine and a freelance writer for Eugene Magazine. She has conducted research in data journalism, which has been published in the book “Data Journalism: Past, Present and Future.” Erin is an avid runner with a heart for encouraging young girls and has served as a coach for the organization Girls on the Run. As a writer and editor, Erin strives to promote social dialogue and tell the story of those around her.
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