(Closed) OMFG Elkins Estate filed for bankrupcy

posted 8 years ago in Philadelphia
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

I can’t believe this…wow.

In case you are interested, here is an article about it from a local paper, The Times Chronicle.

Post # 4
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Wannabee

@vanilla frosting: I know, ugh, it’s so sad. I was planning on having my wedding there next June and it is heartbreaking. It is such a gorgeous venue and I think it’s hard to find anything like it. I think we are going to head to Cairnwood because our church is still located in Elkins Park. Did you receive any more information on whether or not someone is going to take over of the Estate? Are you going to still keep your wedding there? They told us not to worry and still keep the date…but we don’t want to risk it

Post # 5
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2 posts
Wannabee
  • Wedding: June 2011

@bride11485:

My Wedding is booked at the Elkins Estate for June 18, 2011.  This news is devastating.  Not sure what to do.

Post # 6
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Newbee
  • Wedding: December 2009

Although Elkins Estate did not provide me with my wedding services, I felt the need to write a review on this venue for the TERRIBLE thing they are doing to many Philly Brides.

My good friend was supposed to get married at the Elkins Estate in the upcoming year of 2011. I went with her to look at the venue and it was gorgeous! She knew that she wanted to have her wedding there and did not even have to look at anymore places. Elkins Estate was offering a summer special at the time for discounted pricing if booked before the summer ended in 2010.

However, 2 months later she received an email claiming that the Elkins Estate has been in a “long standing battle” with the Nuns who own the property and is filing for a Chapter 11 Bankruptcy. They have only been opened for a year and already having a “long standing battle?” Which makes me question the advertised discount and their motives?

Elkins Estate said that their doors are not closed and were advised to continue with business as usual BUT their website is no longer working, they are no longer advertising on theknot.com, where my friend found them and WORST OF ALL… cannot guarantee her event date. Keep in mind that this is AFTER booking her other vendors of which she also put down non-refundable deposits.

The sad part of it all is that its such a beautiful venue but run by such a non-professional staff. I had such a wonderful wedding experience and could not imagine having to go through the stress of this on what is supposed to be the best day of your life.

Long story short… DO NOT GET MARRIED HERE! Even if Elkins Estate works out the kinks, who is going to guarantee that you will have a venue after you gave them a few thousand dollars, ordered your invitations, hired your caterer, dj, photo, video, etc. I wouldn’t take the risk!

Post # 7
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Wannabee

@Bride0618: Yeah, ours is set for June 5th…its all just so sad. I feel so bad for every bride out there that planned on having their wedding there in the next month or so. We are definitely not risking it and are looking else where. It has been super difficult, as I am living in Chicago now and trying to plan a wedding long distance is tough…do you have any other venues in mind?

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

@bride11485: Are you wanting to stay in the same general area? The same ‘type’ of venue?

Here are some other estates in the area, if you are interested.

Knowlton Mansion – I have never been to an affair here, but have passed it many times. It is in the Northeast section of Philadelphia. The owners, Conroy Caterering also own the Glen Foerd Mansion.

Cairnwood – Another mansion in beautiful Bryn Aythn (about 25 minutes from the Elkins Estae, if you don’t know where Bryn Aythn is). 

Stotesbury Mansion – Located *right* at Rittenhouse square in downtown Philadelphia.

Ridley Creek – Another mansion in the general area.  This one is closer to the airport/Delaware county area.

Best of luck to you all, I really feel for you. I was strongly considering using them as my venue, but did not because the ‘board’ was incredible too difficult to work with.

Post # 9
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: June 2011

@bride11485:

Have you booked somewhere else?  My wedding is 2 weeks after yours.  Heard anything from Elkins recently?  Today is 2 weeks from when the inital email was sent out.

Post # 10
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: March 2011

We were also set to get married at Elkins Estate 4 months from now and decided to switch venues.  This is a HORRIBLE thing to have to go through.  We had our entire deposit paid for, and will not get any money back. I remember in August when they posted a very cheap price for the venue, and can’t believe they did that only a few months before fililng bankruptcy.  I spoke with a lawyer about what we should do – he told us that we should get out while we can, and to not expect any of our money back. It is a very sad thing to hear, but at least now we know what we have to do and can move forward.

 

Post # 11
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Busy bee

It is such a horrible situation. I even read they were in negotiations for 11 months before notifying us. I put so many other deposits down on vendors in those 11 months.

Post # 12
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Wannabee

Hello- I am a producer with a local television station working on a story about the bankruptcy of Elkins Estate.  I am looking for couples who booked the venue and are in limbo with their upcoming receptions.  Please email me privately at:  [email protected]

Post # 13
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Wannabee

Hi guys,

It’s nice to find other people in the same situation. I booked for August 2011 mere *days* before they announced the bankruptcy. I’m trying not to panic right now and wait for more news. It’s good to know what other people are thinking/doing. Good luck everyone! 

-M 

Post # 14
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I was also supposed to get married there in June. We didn’t want to risk it, even tough we’re walking away from a lot of $$ (caterer AND Elkins) we could potentially lose a lot more if we stay. We booked Hotel DuPont as the ballroom there blows Elkins out of the water and it still has the old hollywood glamour feel. Plus everything is included and makes it WORLDS easier than it was going to be at Elkins. We can only pray that we will eventually see any of our $$. I called about 10 venues after I got the email about Elkins and most were very sympathetic to the situation and offering some sort of help. I’m very happy with my new venue, but I can’t help but feel sad that for over a year I had dreamed about Elkins and now those dreams will never happen. 

OH and I moved to CA with my fiance for his job right after making sure I found my dream wedding venue to assure I didn’t have to do this all long distance (hence booking Elkins 1.5 years in advance), so being helpless across the country frantically trying to find a new venue based on online pictures/my parent’s opinion is never fun. We’ll finally get to see it in a few weeks when we are home for Christmas.

I hope that everyone else’s situation works out for the best as well!

Post # 15
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2 posts
Wannabee
  • Wedding: April 2011

This is such an unfortunate situation and my heart goes out to all of the other brides who have their wedding already booked at Elkins. We booked Elkins almost a year ago and paid upfront for the discount, and are now lost. Our wedding is coming up in May and I’m not sure what to do. Luckily the vendors we have already booked, should be able to come with us to another venue if this doesn’t work out… but I don’t know what to do about booking the rest… Do I wait? If I wait, will any be available? The week I found out of the the Elkins bankruptcy, was also the week when I bought my dress and found a band. It went from the best week, quickly to the worst in the wedding planning process. We have a strict budget and likely losing this deposit is devastating… I need help.

Post # 16
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14 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Being a prospective EE bride myself, I really empathize with all of you girls out there, especially if your wedding date is right around the corner. This is like one of those things you see on the news, but never think it could happen to you :-(.

Did everyone receive the most recent letter? Did anyone find the letter to be a little bit encouraging? Maybe the Dominican congregation will have a heart and pull through for all of us that have already booked. I was also wondering about the meeting they had with the philanthropic community. In what ways could they possibly help?

The court date isn’t set until 1/4/11, I guess we have awhile to wait yet. I wonder how quickly the decision can be reached after the first court date?

 I’m so glad it’s the holiday season right now – it seems to help get my mind off of all this bad news. I know if things take too long I will eventually have to look elsewhere. I’m been skimming over places again, but nothing strikes me like EE. Has anyone besides sw92657 chosen another venue?

As for our deposits, it doesn’t look like we can get anything back right at this moment, but maybe they will allow for a full/partial refund with “court approval” as the process goes on? Hopefully that doesn’t happen – I don’t want a REFUND! I want a WEDDING! That would be a pretty hefty deposit to lose, since I also paid in full in order to get the discount.

Channel 6 news is doing a cover story on it. Maybe media attention will help, or even encourage other venues to offer financial assistance to us helpless brides. Maybe if everyone works together, we can get some help.

Let me know what you think . . .

 

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