Wedding venue closes abruptly, leaving couples scrambling – WCAX

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ISANTI, Minn. (Gray News) – Dozens of couples have been left without a place to tie the knot after a wedding venue in Minnesota suddenly closed.

“We have nowhere to go and not getting our money back,” Katelyn Stalboerger said in a TikTok.

Her teary-eyed plea for help has gotten more than 3 million views.

Stalboerger was supposed to get married in May at Circle B, but the barn venue closed suddenly, leaving her out $10,000 and without a venue about two weeks before her wedding.

“We’re trying to be as positive as possible,” she said.

Stalboerger posted in a second TikTok the email she received from Circle B, announcing the venue would be closing “effective immediately.” In the email, the venue states that it is “no longer to maintain the business in the current economic environment.”

Another bride reported the venue had cashed her $7,000 check days before she received the email.

“For those of you that have upcoming weddings we are truly sorry, but unfortunately we will be unable to accommodate your special event,” the venue said in part.

There is no mention of refunds in the email, and they did say no one would be available to take calls or emails.

Stalboerger said in an updated TikTok that when she tried calling Circle B it went straight to voicemail. She also said the venue has deleted its website and social media profiles.

WCCO reached out to the venue by email and phone and also never got a response.

WCCO also spoke with Clarissa Zemke, who works for Family Pathways, a non-profit that offers programs including food shelves and domestic violence prevention.

It picked Circle B for its annual fundraiser “Barn Bash.”

“Usually, we hope to net around $60,000 from this event,” Zemke said.

Now, they’re down $3,000 after Circle B cut off all communication with clients but Zemke said they’re not giving up.

“We are definitely open to anyone who wants to reach out to help us keep this event on track we would be really grateful,” she said.

WCCO reported several venues across Minnesota want to help. They’ve taken to Facebook, saying that they’re ready to negotiate lower prices and even donate their spaces to those affected by Circle B’s closure.

“I knew that those couples would need to know availability right then and there,” Katie Harstad said.

Harstad, the general manager at Rockwoods in Otsego, posted a spreadsheet with available dates. She told WCCO that she is shocked Circle B isn’t offering refunds.

“I could not imagine doing that to someone and leaving them stranded,” she said. “I’ve planned probably thousands of events and every single one matters.”

WCCO reported the venue is now listed for sale.

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