Minnesota Wedding Venue Abruptly Closes, Leaving Couples Without Refunds

Circle B Wedding Venue in Minnesota abruptly closed, leaving couples without refunds or venues. The community rallied to help the affected couples find new venues and vendors for their weddings.

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Minnesota Wedding Venue Abruptly Closes, Leaving Couples Without Refunds

Minnesota Wedding Venue Abruptly Closes, Leaving Couples Without Refunds

Circle B Wedding Venues in Isanti, Minnesota abruptly closed over the weekend, leaving couples like Katelyn Stalboerger, who paid $7,000 and planned a May 4 wedding, without a venue or refund. The sudden closure was announced in a curt email from the business owners, Wayne and Angela Butt, citing rising costs, a changing economy, and competition from newer businesses.

Stalboerger posted a tearful TikTok video asking for help finding a new venue with less than two weeks' notice. She and her fiancé are now "nowhere to go" and "not getting our money back." Several other couples who had booked weddings at Circle B, some paying over $11,000, also found out about the closure from Stalboerger's viral post, as the venue's website and social media have been deleted and their phone disconnected.

The Isanti police department has received at least 14 complaints from affected couples and is working with the county attorney's office to determine if the case should be treated as criminal or civil. Court documents show the Butts are also currently under fire for trespassing and the destruction of over 100 trees near another venue they own called Furber Farm.

Why this matters: The abrupt closure of Circle B has left numerous couples scrambling to salvage their wedding plans with little notice and no refunds. This incident highlights the financial and emotional risks couples face when booking wedding venues and the importance of consumer protections in the wedding industry.

In the wake of Circle B's closure, the local community has rallied to help the affected couples. Several Twin Cities venues like the River Falls Golf Club, Jerome Event Center, The Wexford at Emerald Greens, and Genesis Ranch have stepped up to offer discounted rates and even free venue space to those impacted. Vendors such as catering companies, photographers, and florists are also reaching out to provide assistance. Stalboerger reported that she and her fiancé may have found a new venue for their rapidly approaching wedding date. "We're determined to get married on May 4th no matter what, even with these challenges," she said.

Key Takeaways

  • Minnesota wedding venue Circle B abruptly closed, leaving couples without refunds.
  • Affected couples scrambled to find new venues with little notice, some paying over $11,000.
  • Police received 14 complaints, investigating possible criminal or civil case against venue owners.
  • Local community rallied to help affected couples, offering discounted or free venue space.
  • Couple who paid $7,000 determined to get married on their original date despite challenges.