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Wedding venue causes a bride's nightmare

Reported by: Michelle Velez
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Updated: 7/03/2012 5:48 pm
A wedding is supposed to one of the best days of a person’s life but that wasn't the case for some valley brides and grooms. They tell us a local wedding company ruined their fairytale weddings. News 3's Michelle Velez broke this story and continues to investigate wedding woes.

LAS VEGAS (KSNV & MyNews3) -- The aisle may be short but brides will say, it takes a long time to plan a fairytale wedding.

It's supposed to be a magical day and it's supposed to be the best day of your life.

Tracey Sibold had planned her wedding for a year and a half. Then, four days before the big event, she found out that her reception site, Griffin Mansion, was closed. Her entire wedding would have to be moved.

“Of course, every bride's worst nightmare,” Sibold said. “It's four days out from my wedding all of my invitations have gone out. Everybody's travel is booked.”

Sibold thought she was the first bride to be affected by the closure but it turns out, she was not.

Morgan and Roy Lobou's wedding was also moved with little notice by Griffin, a company that claims to offer all inclusive packages, including a mansion venue.

“And we basically had to plan our wedding in four days,” Roy Lobou said. “It was very tense. We had more than 150 guests coming in and our major concern was making sure that they were accommodated.”

Both of these couples were alerted to the closure weeks after griffin had been shut down by the Southern Nevada Health District.

“We closed the whole facility down because they were operating outside of their permit conditions,” said a health district spokesperson.

Clark County officials tells News 3 Griffin is lacking all necessary permits to operate as a wedding venue and the owner is facing criminal prosecution.

The affected couples tell News 3 of the mansion's closure led to many sleepless nights and stressful days.
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