A COUPLE'S wedding plans were thrown into turmoil only weeks before the big day.
Ashley Davies and Corrina Schofield, of Waterloo, had planned a dream wedding with a reception at the Springfield Park Hotel in Kirkburton.
But last month they received a shock - when hotel staff called to say the venue was closing on June 27 - six days before their wedding day, today.
Ashley, 32, and Corrina, 28, had planned to spend their wedding night at the hotel. Several guests were also due to stay overnight.
Nowell Hotels, which bought the hotel in December, closed it because it was losing money.
The company also owns the Wortley House Hotel in Scunthorpe, North Lincolnshire.
Ashley and Corrina are angry they were not given more notice about the closure. They rang round frantically trying to find a venue.
They will now have the reception at Thorpe Grange Manor, Almondbury, after today's service at St John's Church, Kirkheaton.
However, unlike Springfield Park Hotel, Thorpe Grange Manor could not provide rooms for the couple or guests, so transport had to be booked to take guests home and Ashley and Corrina to Bagden Hall at Scissett, where they will spend their wedding night.
Ashley said: "It has cost us some money. It is closing because it is losing money, so surely they would have known this in advance and could have told us sooner?
"It was going to be a fantastic day. Obviously this changed everything.
"When we found out, it was sheer panic. We were very lucky to find somewhere else."
Lesley Nowell, director of Nowell Hotels, said Ashley and Corrina had received a full refund of their £500 deposit, £300 towards the cost of accommodation and £350 towards the cost of transport for guests.
She said: "We lost £100,000 in six months. We are a new company with two hotels and one was losing money.
"I could choose to lose £20,000 a month by staying open or £5,000 a month by closing it.
"We apologise to the people concerned. We know not everyone's going to be happy.
"Even if we had given Ashley and Corrina more notice there would be someone else closer to a different closing date who would be upset. There is no good time to do this and there has to be a deadline.
"Staff have done everything they can to help people."
The Springfield Park Hotel is currently being emptied and secured. The hotel, which has 47 bedrooms, a restaurant, two function rooms for 150 people, two smaller meeting rooms and a boardroom, is for sale for around £1m.