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Community helps couples who lost wedding venue, money

Community Helping to Save Wedding Days

MANITOU SPRINGS, Colo. - The community is coming together to help couples scrambling to find a new wedding venue, after their original location suddenly closed.

The Craftwood Inn in Manitou Springs closed Sunday. About 20 couples had left a deposit of at least $500 each. The owner said he can't return it.

"We do apologize to everybody who has put in the deposits," Dave Symonds said Wednesday. "But we don't have the money."

Groom-to-be Andrew Heintzelman doesn't buy it. He and his fiancee put in a $6,000 deposit for their June 1 wedding.

"We see the interview how they're 'oh so sorry,' and everything, and how they're trying to make arrangements, but they haven't done anything," he said.

But others are stepping in to help couples like Heintzelman and his fiancee. INXS Limousine is offering free services to couples who lost their deposits. The Garden of the Gods Trading Post is giving them a 50 percent off discount. And The Cliffhouse is honoring $500 deposits made at the Craftwood Inn.

"We feel pretty bad about the situation with the brides and grooms," The Cliffhouse General Manager Paul York said. "We have lots of brides and grooms come through this facility, and I can only imagine what that feels like to lose that kind of money."

Heintzelman appreciates the help.

"I think that's really cool of them to actually be taking a cut in their profits to help out other people," he said. "That's pretty awesome, especially when seeing what somebody else is doing to us."

Couples hoping to take advantage of the discounts can contact the companies directly and should have proof of their deposits.

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