Fife wedding venue supports couples who were due to get married

A Fife wedding venue has helped couples with weddings planned for April and May by offering them a free change of date and the same guaranteed catering service later in the year.

Patrick and Nicola Gilmour, who own popular wedding and events venue, Pratis Barns, near Leven, felt that it was wrong to have couples planning the happiest day of their lives at such a worrying time, knowing that friends and family may miss out.

Patrick said: “We feel a duty of care for our guests who have entrusted us with their special days.

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“Weddings are about family and friends and with the latest advice restricting travel and socialising for the over 70s and those with underlying health conditions, it was clear that very dear guests may miss out on these important occasions.

“We wrote to all the couples to offer a change of date free of charge and the response has been wonderful. They are all hugely relieved and delighted to be offered other options.”

One couple whose wedding is just five weeks away is thrilled to be able to reschedule and still retain Patrick’s award-winning catering for the new date.

Their guests included people from overseas and many over 70s, so they are delighted with the proactive and thoughtful approach from Pratis Barns. The bride wrote: “Thank you so much for the letter and your understanding and flexibility at this time. It doesn’t sound like insurance will cover this pandemic which is a big concern.”

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The move not only solves a difficult and potentially expensive problem for couples but allows the staff at Pratis Barns to take sensible health precautions and know that work will be carrying on later in the year.

Patrick and Nicola bought Pratis Barns last year and have already established a very busy weddings business.

In November last year Patrick was the first ever Fife chef to win the Scottish Wedding Caterer of the Year title at the prestigious Vows Awards in Glasgow.

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