David Crooks and Kerry Armstrong had “worked tirelessly” to pay for their big day and reception, with the latter being held at Hull College Craven Park in the Marfleet area of the city. They were due to walk down the aisle on Saturday September 11 but, on Thursday, received a “blunt” email from the venue to say their reception was scrapped.
The venue is home of Hull Kingston Rovers, whose rugby game against Castleford Tigers has been moved from Sunday September 12 to Saturday September 11 for a live broadcast on Sky Sports.
Sharing his devastation with Hull Live, David, 36, said: “There’s no excuse for it. They’re just like ‘sorry bye’. We put our heart and soul into the whole day.
“Kerry is so upset and I want to console her but I have to work after spending so much on the wedding. We’re not rich you see we have had to work hard for this.”
“They are just kind of like ‘it is what it is’. They didn’t even have the decency to call us either – it’s our wedding day.”
The couple, from Hull, got engaged five years ago but decided to wait until they were financially stable and their children were older before tying the knot.
They planned to hold the ceremony at the Guildhall in Hull city centre followed by the reception at Hull College Craven Park.
But the venue’s email read: “I’m sorry to have to write you this email, but as of last night we were informed by Sky that we now have to move our game that was on September 12 to September 11, which is the day of your reception.
“This means unfortunately that we cannot hold your reception here at the club.
“We do apologise and this is not a decision we have made lightly, but unfortunately it is out of our hands. We will of course refund you all of your payments made, if you could please send us your bank details.
“Again we do truly apologise for any inconvenience this will cause you.”
David and 38-year-old Kerry spent thousands of pounds on their big day and had family and friends coming to Hull from different areas of the country.
Now they’re desperately searching for a venue for their reception.
“I’m hoping we can reach out to venues to help us as all I know is we are getting married on that day,” David added.
“I don’t honestly know what we will do if we can’t get a venue.
“We’ve been together 11 years so it’s time now. Kerry means everything to me. She helped me to become who I am.
“We both know what it is like to be in other relationships – but this one there’s nothing like it.
“She’s so genuine. She’s like no one I have ever met in my life. We will get married on that day no matter what.”
Hull KR declined to comment when contacted.