Busted budgets, broken hearts: Noah's Events Venue leaves Upstate SC nearly-weds in a bind
When Ashlee Graham and Austin Bailey started looking for wedding venues in November 2019, Noah's Event Venue in Greenville blew them away.
"I absolutely fell in love. I thought it was amazing, all of the workers there were so nice," Graham said. "It was the first venue that we looked at and we booked it that day."
Last weekend, Graham's dream turned into a nightmare when she found the venue was permanently closed.
She and Bailey are out $5,400.
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They are not alone — dozens of brides- and grooms-to-be in the Upstate have lost thousands of dollars to Noah's. Hundreds across the nation who booked at other Noah's venues have lost money as well.
'We have no money'
Iana Amsterdam and Tevin Hester paid Noah's Event Venue $6,665 for their May wedding. They had finished planning and the save the dates were already sent.
Amsterdam, an assistant track and field coach at Clemson University was at a track meet in Columbia when she got a call from her wedding coordinator with the news of the company closing.
"I didn't even know they filed for bankruptcy," Amsterdam said.
Amsterdam worked part-time at Starbucks to pay her bill at Noah's. Now she doesn't know if she'll ever get her savings back.
The couple met with their wedding coordinator Tuesday afternoon to figure out what's next.
"We're looking at venues and stuff, but we have no money," Amsterdam said.
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'We have to spend money to get our money back'
Graham and Bailey filed a fraud claim with their bank on Monday hoping to get their money back.
"If the bank can't help us then we're going to have to take legal action against Noah's," Graham said. "Then I just feel like it's something we should do because we were wronged, but also, we have to spend money to get our money back. I feel like we get hurt either way."
When Noah's alerted those who paid for services about its unexpected closing, instead of issuing refunds, the company instructed clients to "file an administrative claim."
Amsterdam filed a claim with her bank as well and her family is helping to get her an attorney to take legal action against Noah's.
Noah's Event Venue has not responded to request for comment.
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