Couple forced to cancel wedding for the second time as venue is turned into Covid vaccination centre

Jenna Roberts was all set to wed her fiancé Simon Jones earlier this year but they've been forced to postpone the nuptials twice due to Covid-19. Photos courtesy Jenna Roberts
Jenna Roberts was all set to wed her fiancé Simon Jones earlier this year but they've been forced to postpone the nuptials twice due to Covid-19. Photos courtesy Jenna Roberts

Jenna and Simon were to marry at the Margam Orangery, Port Talbot, UK in July of this year. However, the wedding was cancelled due to lockdown, as mentioned by the BBC. Now, just six months later, the UK-based couple is having to relive the nightmare. 

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Jenna Roberts and fiancé, Simon Jones were forced to postpone their wedding twice due to Covid-19. All photos courtesy Jenna Roberts.

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After spending an extra £1 000 (R20 016) to rebook their venue for July 2021, the couple heard that the castle they were to be married in will now be used as a vaccine centre for 12 months from 13 December. 

“We just feel so disheartened. We know the vaccinations are so important, but we are so disappointed that they took a wedding venue. We had our dreams shattered the first time, and now again,” Jenna tells W24.

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According to the BBC, the Neath Port Talbot (NPT) council said that the venue was "absolutely necessary" and would play an important role in the Covid-19 vaccination programme. 

As a result, the venue has had to cancel 64 weddings, which can either be rescheduled for a later date in 2022, when the venue is expected to reopen, or a full deposit will be paid back to the couples, as reported by the BBC. 

According to Daily Mail, most of the suppliers for Jenna's wedding agreed to rearrange - apart from the videographer - for whom the couple lost their deposit. 

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The couple will also have to pay for new invitations, as well as replace all the bridesmaids' dresses and suits for the young boys, as they will no longer fit come 2022. This is expected to cost the couple a further a further £2 000 (R40 138). 

Moreover, according to Jenna, the couple already had their honeymoon booked, which they are now unable to change. This means the couple will have to have a pre-wedding honeymoon.

“We have no choice really, as the honeymoon was £2 000 (R40 138), so [we] can’t afford to lose it,” says Jenna.

“Our plans now are to get this year out of the way and [hopefully] start replanning next year."

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SOURCES: BBC NewsThe Daily Mail UK, Wales Online, Fox News, Real Fix

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