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Central Ohio Venues Step Up To Help Couples Impacted By Wedding Chain Closure

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The New Albany location of Utah-based NOAH's Event Venue closed suddenly this month, after the company declared bankruptcy last year.

  

John Brooks, CEO of BTTS Holdings, calls NOAH's closing "shocking." His team, like others in the region, wants to help couples impacted by the company's shuttering. 

“What we decided to do was provide a $1,500 cash credit to any NOAH’s client who had booked at that facility,” Brooks says. “It looks like we’ll have at least 8-10 couples who were previously booked at NOAH’s having their wedding at one of our three event venues in Central Ohio."

BTTS owns three facilities in Central Ohio: The Estate at New Albany; Brookshire, located in Delaware; and WatersEdge in Hillard.

Another company, Josh Staley Productions, plans to waive a $3,000 rental fee for any former clients of NOAH’s who want to use their new Chillicothe location. Dozens of other spaces around the region have also offered to waive fees or extend discount packages to those impacted by NOAH’s closure. 

A legal representative for NOAH's has said refunds are owed to couples, but the company most likely won't be able to pay them. Nationally, more than 7,500 people are expected to be impacted by the closure. 

Holly McClary, an event planner in Marysville who had several clients left without a venue, says the Central Ohio wedding community has come together like a “family” to take care of those scrambling to find a new space for their special day. 

“As an event planner, it's so heartbreaking to see all of these couples left with their weddings in pieces,” McClary said. “Luckily, there are so many venues who are pitching in and offering discounts, allowing caterers and vendors who have already been booked by the couples, and supplying their open dates so we can match couples with new spaces.”