Imagine sending invitations, confirming your guest list, doing a walk-through of your event space, and then learning your wedding venue has abruptly shuttered. For engaged couples across the country, this nightmare scenario is playing out in real time with the bankruptcy of Noah’s Event Venues.
To-be-weds are suddenly scrambling after a Utah-based bankruptcy judge ordered the company to close its remaining spaces and operations, according to Click 2 Houston and other local media outlets. “It is a pretty big hardship on us,” upcoming bride Latishia White told KSAT San Antonio. “We are not rich. We work to get what we need and we have payments this whole time. It may mean that we don’t have a wedding.” White paid $10,000 to the corporation for a wedding that will cost $45,000 total.
Like White, bride-to-be Angelica Gonzalez is now scrambling for an alternative. “Saturday, I received a call from the DJ that I booked for my event, and he explained that there were sketchy news stories online about the venue I booked in Katy. He said he heard it might be closing,” bride-to-be Angelica Gonzalez, who’s scheduled to marry in Katy, Texas, in March, told Click 2 Houston. “It’s supposed to be the best day of my life, and now we’re left with unresponsiveness.”
Gonzalez spent $12,000 on the venue itself for a wedding that’s been planned for a year. In total, her family has spent close to $40,000 on the nuptials scheduled for March 21. “I don’t blame the people that worked at the venue,” Gonzalez added. “I don’t believe they knew anything. They were all really great to us, but we should have been notified.”
White had no hint or indicate that there was trouble with the company during her conversations with employees last month. “We talked about table linens and they were excited,” she said. “We were excited. We took pictures and had a live band coming.” Now, either she’ll have to find a new space for her 170 loved ones who are attending her wedding or forget a wedding ceremony this year.
Of course, couples aren’t the only ones impacted by this news. This means thousands of employees in cities where a venue is located (Albuquerque, New Mexico; Charlotte, North Carolina; Wichita, Kansas; Houston, Texas; Columbus, Ohio) are out of jobs without warning.
Noah’s Events has dealt with its fair share of financial issues in the last year: the brand filed for bankruptcy, shuttering operations in three locations in Texas alone in summer 2019. “We called them about 15-20 times today alone and we have still not gotten an answer,” said Latishia’s husband, Bidea White. (The couple, married for seven years, was excited to hold a formal wedding ceremony with their guests.) “Then we got an email back on February 3, about an event to see vendors scheduled for Sunday, but that is not going to happen because they are closing down. We just don’t know where to go from here. We are just stuck.”
If you’re a couple who’s impacted by the closing of the venue, know that you have options. First, review your contract once again and seek legal counsel if you have the means. Since the company has filed for bankruptcy, follow the steps to file a claim. While the situation is incredibly unfortunate, there are local vendors in impacted regions who are stepping in to help couples impacted by the Noah’s Events closing. Do you research, explore how to get your deposits back if possible, and find alternative venues locally that can help accommodate you and your guests.