An Alternative Altar

After venue suddenly closes, CSU San Marcos takes wedding parties under its wing

By Lauren Steussy
|  Wednesday, Jul 20, 2011  |  Updated 2:47 PM PDT
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An Alternative Altar

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Nothing’s worse than getting stranded at the altar – that is, unless the altar strands you.

When the Old Richland Schoolhouse in San Marcos suddenly closed, it rained on the wedding days of countless couples set to exchange vows at the historic venue. 

Several couples were not able to get their $1,000 deposit back, and struggled to find a new venue for their wedding, the North County Times reported.

The dilemma attracted the attention of CSU San Marcos event planners. They are giving the abandoned brides and grooms a $1,000 discount on a wedding planned by the Events and Conferences Services Department – a self-supporting entity of the university.

“We wanted to be a good neighbor,” said Margaret Lutz, university spokesperson.

She said an employee heard about the schoolhouse closing and believed offering the discount would help the brides and grooms, who were no doubt stressed about their altered wedding plans.

Although Lutz would not say how much the average CSU San Marcos wedding runs these days, offering the discount was a great way to promote the university as an event venue. The event planners work with clients, managing everything from catering to equipment rentals.

It was a win-win, she said.

Yet, despite the helpful deal, none of the troubled wedding planners have booked a spot at the university.
 

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