Couple cancel wedding due to fear of unfinished work

Casa, Brighouse.
Casa, Brighouse.

A wedding couple have cancelled their plans at a Brighouse venue at the last minute over fears that building work would not be completed.

Stacey Gibson and Lee Stephenson booked their wedding in 2012 and were set to be wed on June 28 this year at the Casa Hotel and Restaurant, on Elland Road.

Lee Stephenson and Stacey Gibson

Lee Stephenson and Stacey Gibson

They were told on January 30 that building work would be starting to change the marquee into a permanent building and would be completed in time for the big day.

However, after visiting the restaurant, they thought this would not be the case.

“We very quickly came to the realisation that the building would not be ready, We went to visit Casa on May 16 and was shown the new marquee that they have moved on the terrace. Guests were expected to use a temporary building situated outside the marquee and we were highly shocked by what we saw.

“After a meeting with the manager it was agreed that we would get a letter from Casa advising that if the building was not ready for our wedding then we would get a full refund.”

However, after further discussions between the two parties an agreement was not reached and they had their money returned.

“All we wanted was for Casa to keep there promises. When we phoned, we were advised that if we wanted our money back the venue would be cancelled. We agreed to this and then visited Cedar Court, who luckily for us has the same date free. I feel that the Casa do not care about how much stress they are putting brides under. This is a wedding day - it’s not something that will be repeated and it should not be so stressful.”

Jack McDaid, owner of the Casa, said there had been some minor delays but they tried to work with the couple to reassure them work would be completed and they could follow the progress.

He also added that he could appreciate people not having confidence in the pace of progress but he was told by the contractors and architect that the function facility would be completed by the end of June.