News: Couple face losing £30,000 on dream wedding because next year’s May bank holiday has moved

News: Couple face losing £30,000 on dream wedding because next year’s May bank holiday has moved

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A couple who planned their dream wedding in Italy for next year’s May bank holiday are facing the prospect of losing up to £30,000 because the bank holiday has now been moved.

Jess Howells and Anthony Messore had plans in place for a ‘fairy tale wedding’ next spring at an Italian seaside wedding near Naples.

The couple were due to tie the knot in front of family and friends on a private beach about an hour from Naples, which is where Mr Messore’s father – who died five years ago – was born.

The wedding was due to take place on Sunday 3 May next year and was booked two years ago, with the couple’s thinking being the original Bank Holiday Monday would stop guests having to miss work and school before they got home, Wales Online reports.

But the bank holiday has now been moved back by four days to Friday 8 May to coincide with the 75th anniversary of VE Day, throwing their plans into utter turmoil.

Mr Messore, who owns his own electronics business, said: “There’s a lot of teachers in our family, including my brother’s wife, two of my cousins, and everyone had used the bank holiday to work out they could come. Now they can’t because they won’t be able to get the time off.

“My brother’s wife has already said she doesn’t think she will be coming. That means my brother may not come.

“It’s going to break Jess’s heart, because her sister, who is a nurse, isn’t going to be able to come.

Anthony Messore and Jess Howells

“We’ve got a big family, and a lot of the kids are still in school, so they won’t be able to make it, and if the kids can’t make it then the parents can’t come too.

“A lot of people have said they can’t make it. I’ve now got a lot of rooms in the hotel that are going to be empty because I’ve paid up front for them.

“There is probably 60 to 70 guests unable to come, possibly more, and also the amount could run into £20,000 to £30,000.

“It’s spoiling our wedding, and of course I can’t cancel it because I won’t be able to get my money back.”

Mr Messore stressed his frustration lies with the Government and not those involved in the VE Day anniversary, saying: “Don’t get me wrong, we would not be here if it wasn’t for the guys who gave their lives for us. But how it could be changed with just 11 months to go is beyond me.

“You’d think the Government would know beforehand when the VE celebrations would be, they’ve had 75 of them.”

The couple, from South Wales, have been together for seven years, and had originally invited 180 guests to their wedding, which has already cost around £70,000.

Ms Howells, a nursery teacher and mother to son Jayden, 10, said: “As a girl I’ve dreamt of this special day all my life, and my fairy tale wedding was planned.

Anthony Messore and Jess Howells with son Jayden

“Now by a Government decision with the change of date, everything could be so different and completely spoil our dream day.

“If a simple alternative could be put in place, like an extra bank holiday added, then this wouldn’t be such an issue for us and our family.

“So much will have to be changed, big amounts of money lost, the memories we will make won’t be as perfect as it could be, with special family being made absent because of this, and it’s completely out of our hands.”

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The decision to change the day of the traditional May bank holiday has only been done once before, when it was moved in 1995 to coincide with the 50th anniversary of VE Day.



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