Post # 1
I am the mob. My daughter has booked her reception at Elkins for next fall. She is so worried about their filing for bankruptcy/reorganization.I feel that there is a good chance that there will be a restructure to the loan. What would the current lenders do with the Estate? We absolutely love the venue. We feels nothing compares. If they do restructure and all of the brides have pulled out, then there really will be aproblem as far as keeping the mansion up, etc. Are there other brides out there who are booked at Elkins Estate and can tell us what they are doing? Maybe we can do something together. You know what they say there is strenght in numbers. I have heard that there are about 70 brides out there. Thanks!
Post # 3
I have a wedding booked there and am currently waiting it out to find out some more information. We have a lot of time and money invested in our wedding and I am not about to throw it away… immediately. I am devasted by this “announcement” as the Elkins Estate was my perfect venue. The positive thing to remember is that they filed for Chapter 11 and not Chapter 7… so there is a chance they may be able to restructure and continue to keep things running. Unfortunately, during these economic times I don’t know what to believe. I think it would be smart to start looking at other venues for backup and enlist the help of your caterer for ideas… Good luck and if you need anything, feel free to contact me.
Post # 4
@Connie Schaffer: Connie I suggest that you and your daughter should start looking at other venues. The amount of money that will be lost from down payments won’t even compare if your daughter has no venue on the day of her wedding.
Although they are stating that they are trying to reorganize everything, they cannot guarentee that it will happen or for how long this battle will last. So, instead of sitting and waiting i’d HIGHLY recommend that you cut your loses and move on to venues that have a longer history and are more reputable. The sooner you move on, the better the chances you have of finding another venue. The longer you wait, the less chance you have. If you did put money down on the caterers already, try asking them for venues that they have catered at before. This will help by giving you other venue locations as well as being able to use them as your caterer at another venue. I talked to several other “Elkins” brides and they too booked other venues. So, it doesn’t look like The Elkins will be holding many weddings this upcoming year.
The day they sent me that email, was the day I started looking at other venues. I’ve already narrowed it down to 2 venues, which I love even more than Elkins. I guess when one door closes, several open.
I wish the best of luck to you, your daughter, and family. Please let me know what you decide. Hope this helped!
Post # 5
As much as you love that venue, start looking at other venues just in case. My wedding was supposed to be in New Hope PA in 2008 and our venue went out of business one month before our wedding date. Thank god we are in the wedding business and knew some great contacts! We were still able to pull off our wedding on the same date / time but it was very traumatic at the time.