Newly married Huntingdon couple claim reception was cut short as ‘not enough money was spent at the bar’

09:25 15 August 2014

Newly weds Julie and Peter Edwards, from Huntingdon, whose wedding reception was ruined.

Newly weds Julie and Peter Edwards, from Huntingdon, whose wedding reception was ruined.

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A wedding party claims its reception was cut short after a disagreement between venue staff and a wedding guest.

(From l-r) Luke and Tamar McAdie with Peter Edwards and mum Julie Edwards(From l-r) Luke and Tamar McAdie with Peter Edwards and mum Julie Edwards

Julie and Peter Edwards, of Coldhams North, Huntingdon, had married at the town’s register office and were celebrating with around 40 guests at Huntingdon Boat Club, Riverside Park, on Saturday, August 2.

They paid £50 for the hire – money the club has returned as a goodwill gesture – along with a £50 deposit to stay from 11am until 11pm.

But five hours into the party, the newly-weds claim they were told the venue would be closing early as not enough was being spent at the bar.

The boat club says this is not true. It says one guest was drinking her own drinks and had been abusive to its staff – only she was asked to leave.

Chairman Graham Adams said: “We couldn’t agree with the woman so we asked her to leave and everyone went with her.”

The wedding party admits there was a problem with a guest who then left, but says they had to move their celebrations to a town centre pub.

Mrs Edwards, 36, said: “We were having a perfectly nice afternoon and then at about 4pm they told us we had to leave as they weren’t making enough money behind the bar, so we all had to go to the Cromwells.”

Photographer and guest Gary Britton said: “A friend of ours offered them a cheque and asked them how much it would cost to keep this party going, and they weren’t even interested in that, which is really surprising.

“I was really upset as it was their wedding day. It was really unfair.”

The couple have been together for two years. Mrs Edwards said they chose the boat club because they were hoping for good weather and wanted pictures by the river.

Mr Adams said he is in contact with the Edwards.

4 comments

  • I was a guest at this wedding and I cant believe the boat clubs version of events! it is an out right lie! they refused to serve anyone and made us all leave! they way my lovely friends have been treated is absolutely disgusting!

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    Sam Alan

    Tuesday, August 19, 2014

  • I would like to thank everybody for their support. The boat club did lie in their version of events, we didn't leave the reception with the guest who was asked to leave. After that person left my whole party was still there and asked if we could stay and they point blank refused because they were not making enough money behind the bar. My close friend who had travelled from Reading offered to put money behind the bar to keep them open but they just refused. Thankfully we did have a good evening in Cromwells however it caused major disruption and upset to a day that we will never get back. If the boat club feel they did nothing wrong and we left of our own accord then why give us a refund?? I would also like to point out that contrary to what the chairman has said he is NOT in contact with us and has offered no apology or explanation.

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    julieannedwards@outlook.com

    Sunday, August 17, 2014

  • This is outrageous why would any bride and groom leave there own wedding reception due to a wedding guest? I dnt believe the boat clubs story it's fabricated due to there greed and its disgusting, your wedding day is once you can't repeat it and the boat club ruined there day I'd sue them hopefully they had a better time at Cromwells

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    Claire Rodda

    Friday, August 15, 2014

  • I suspect nobody wanted to pay their over the top prices and neither would i .....you were better off at the Cromwell......their loss

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    debbie brown

    Friday, August 15, 2014

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