Brides Get Money Back from Closed Wedding Venue

Deposits refunded to couples who booked weddings at a Lemont venue that closed its doors

By Diane Znamierowski
|  Thursday, Dec 22, 2011  |  Updated 8:48 AM CDT
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It's one of the happiest times of a young woman's life, but the sudden closing of Lemont's Montefiori has turned those dreams into nightmares for more than a dozen brides.

It's one of the happiest times of a young woman's life, but the sudden closing of Lemont's Montefiori has turned those dreams into nightmares for more than a dozen brides.

Thirty local brides who had to rearrange their wedding plans when a Lemont wedding venue went out of business just found out they're getting their money back.

The venue, Montefiori, abruptly announced they were closing last month. Jessica Schaeffer and her fiancé, Robert Zimmermann, were among those hoping to get married at Montefiori when they got a letter stating all 2012 events at the venue were cancelled.

"No email, no phone call, no 'we're sorry,' no nothing," said Schaeffer.

Lifescapes Productions LLC, which runs the venue, said this week all deposits have been returned to couples who booked their weddings with them.

Lifescapes blamed tough economic times for the decision to suddenly close their doors Dec. 1.

Thirty couples received letters from Lifescapes that blamed tough economic times for the decision to close.

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