A COUPLE has told of their devastation after the venue which effectively cancelled their wedding was showing Euros matches on the day they had expected to be walking down the aisle.

The recent bride - who wished to remain anonymous because of her job as a teacher - said she will never visit Barras Art and Design (BAaD) again after the ordeal.

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Just 16 days before the couple were due to be wed, the East End venue got in touch to say that the couple would either have to postpone tying the knot or have the event at their sister pub, 226 Gallowgate.

“I said absolutely not, that’s not what we had paid for,” said the bride.

“I had a phone call with the boss and asked if he was being serious. He said they were both lovely venues, as if there would be no change of cost for having it in a much smaller venue and much less grand place.”

The couple were regulars in BAaD before the wedding cancellation and would visit the Barras bar almost every week with friends.

The woman added: “We were just devastated.

“It was like having the carpet pulled out from under us.”

On June 26, the day the couple were due to be married, BAaD was showing early-stage matches between Wales and Denmark and Italy versus Austria.

The couple were outraged they were denied their wedding at the venue on the day agreed in September last year.

Luckily, the couple managed to get their wedding re-booked in Platform, the former site of the famous Arches nightclub.

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No money was lost because the couple were refunded for their booking before Christmas because the venue changed hands and they were to pay after the event.

Kelly Conway, an events manager with BAaD, said the venue had held two dates for their wedding as a gesture of goodwill due to the difficulties of hosting a wedding during the pandemic.

She said the couple had been adamant that they would have 100 people at the event, in the hope lockdown restrictions would be lifted in time for their special day.

Ms Conway said: “When the couple changed their minds and said they wished to go ahead with the 50 person wedding we were happy to accommodate them - with their ceremony and wedding breakfast to be held at the space at BAaD and then the reception element at 226 Gallowgate. The space is more well suited to a more intimate (50 number) reception.

“Many couples (within the 40 cancelled weddings) with reduced numbers have welcomed this option and understood the unsuitability of a venue of BAaD size for a reception for 50. We also offered them space in our Container Yard to have the drinks reception as a different element to the day - at no further cost to show our willingness to accommodate them.”

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The venue did not sell tickets for any Euros games broadcast at BAaD that day, Ms Conway added.

“Most of the couples we are working with to help organise their big days under restrictions have been very understanding and cooperative

“We cannot wait to host weddings in the space without restrictions but until that time we will work closely with all couples to get them the day as closest to the day of their dreams as possible.”