Couples left scrambling to find new wedding venue after hotel closes down
PUBLISHED: 07:00 30 August 2017
Devastated couples have been left feeling ‘betrayed’ after their ‘perfect’ weddings were cancelled when their reception venue went into liquidation.
Alex Disney, aged 32, and her fiancé Ian Draper, aged 39, are among those who learned via email that the Battleborough Grange Hotel in Brent Knoll was closing and they would need to find a new venue.
Alex said: “I was so angry when I saw the email and just in disbelief. We don’t know how we could afford another wedding.
“We don’t have wedding insurance and that was our biggest regret.”
The Weston-super-Mare couple have lost more than £4,000 on the venue and have now spent around £14,000 on the wedding, more than double their original £6,000 budget.
Alex has now switched their wedding to Rookery Manor, near Weston, but they are having to pay for items which they were borrowing from the hotel.
The couple, who have five children between them, told the Mercury they chose Battleborough Grange because its manager, Vincent Jones, had been reassuring and eager to help them plan their perfect wedding.
Ian said: “It made me so angry because he has obviously taken our money by deception.
“He would have known he was in trouble months ago, so why not be honest with us and give us more time to find another venue?”
Ian added: “We would have respected him a lot more if he had just come clean.”
Bex Price, aged 32, was due to marry her fiancée Tania Edmondson, aged 31, at Battleborough Grange on December 13 but they were ‘shocked’ to find out through social media this would not be the case.
She said: “We had heard whispers before and we were told by the hotel it was going to be alright and not to worry.
“Then when we saw on Facebook it was going into liquidation and we were devastated.”
The couple, from Burnham, emailed Mr Jones who informed them the hotel officially went into liquidation last Thursday.
She said: “I was gutted and Tania was furious. The worst thing of all was finding out over Facebook.
“We purposefully had a long engagement so we could take our time saving and planning so we could have the perfect wedding.”
The couple have been together for nine years and were due to get married on the two-year anniversary of their engagement. They have yet to find a new venue.
In his email to Alex, Mr Jones said: “I have some dreadful news Alex, my company has gone into liquidation.
“My council tax increased by £25,000 a year and I have been unable to keep payments up. It is beyond terrible and I have lost everything I have worked for.”
The Mercury tried to contact Battleborough Grange’s management but did not get a response before going to print.