Panic-stricken couples fearing worst after wedding venue closure

Distraught couples fear will lose thousands of pounds after the sudden closure of a wedding venue.

Crow Hill Weddings, in Marsden, published a short statement on its website to state it would no longer be serving as a wedding venue, blaming Covid-19 and Brexit.

Devastated Ami Baxter paid £4,000 to the venue’s owners in the hope of sharing her dream day with fiancé Ady Scott in July 2020.

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However, due to the pandemic, their wedding was reschedule for May 2021.

Ms Baxter, from Halifax, claims there may be up to 38 couples left out of pocket owing to the immediate closure of the wedding venue.

She said: “We were trying to get our money back because we wanted to wait. Luckily we hadn’t paid that much.

“Some people have paid £15,000 and they’re worried they’re not going to get a refund.”

Another couple whose dreams of being married at the country house estate have been dashed have paid £11,000.

The groom-to-be, who did not want to be named, had planned for the wedding to take place in July 2020 but had the date put back due to coronavirus.

In February of this year, he contacted the company having realised his wedding with a large number of guests was unlikely to go ahead this summer.

He said: “Everything was kosher up until March 2020 when Covid kicked in.

“I spoke with them in February and said I couldn’t see it going ahead in July. I have paid for a wedding with 100 plus guests and I said I would like to push it back to next year.

“As a business, from this company it’s not great. We only found out about our cancellation through Yorkshire Live.”

Thankfully, the couple are covered by wedding insurance and face a realistic prospect of getting most of their money back.

They had also recently received an email to say they would get a refund from Crow Hill Weddings and that the company’s owner would be in touch next week about how much they will receive.

The disappointed fiancé said: “We have been looking forward to this wedding since 2018. Everything we have bought for this wedding, suits dresses, we might as well throw it all away.”

In an announcement made on the company’s website, Crow Hill Weddings added all affected clients had been contacted directly and provided with further information.

They went on to wish all couples who had planned to have their dream day at the venue “the very best for their wedding celebrations”.

The popular wedding venue, based off Carrs Road, said it had been forced to cancel all planned weddings from April 14 (Wednesday).

The full announcement reads: “Due to the negative impacts of the coronavirus pandemic and Brexit, Crow Hill Weddings has ceased trading from the 14th April, 2021.

“All clients who have been affected have been contacted with further information.

“From all the team: We would like to thank you for your support over the years, it has been a true pleasure to host so many events at Crow Hill.

“We wish all our couples the very best for their wedding celebrations”.

Attempts to contact the owners of Crow Hill Weddings have been made.

YorkshireLive – Halifax