LANCASTER, NY - Imagine this, your wedding is 15 days away and you get a call out of the blue that the venue you had booked for your wedding can no longer be used? What would you do?
That 's the dilemma a local bride to be now finds herself in. She has 180 guests coming to the wedding and with eleven days to go, nowhere to have it.
Maria Chiaravalle says she was speechless when someone called her to inform her of the problem.
An orange construction fence surrounds the property today.
It was not supposed to be there two weeks prior to a wedding where nearly 200 people would be celebrating, but that's exactly what Maria and her fiancé Joe are dealing with.
Maria always wanted her dream wedding to be in a park like setting just like Como Park. When she saw the pavilion and the setting, she instantly fell in love with it and booked it back in March, deposit and all.
Now, with two weeks to go until her big day and with invitations sent, she gets a call that the pavilion has been "deemed unsafe."
Needless to say, Maria wishes the Erie County Parks Department was a bit more helpful, had she known it was a possible issue earlier on, she could have had a backup plan in place sooner than two weeks before the wedding.
But, with the caterer booked and paid for, she is scrambling to find a new venue to say her I dos and plan the party she had always dreamed of. "Decorations aren't the most important thing, I will have to redo that, no matter happens, it will be a lot of work," Maria says.
Erie County returned our calls and mentioned to 2 On Your Side's Scott Levin that they offered Maria several options to the park pavilion, but Maria says none of the options really worked for what she had in mind for her dream day.
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