Amid COVID, Couple Brings Lawsuit Against Wedding Venue Operators

A North Texas couple has filed a proposed class action lawsuit against the owners of a local wedding chapel, claiming that the venue is refusing to return a deposit of more than $12,000 although it is unable to conduct their wedding next month as contracted due to pandemic restrictions.

Brianna Conn and Rex Simmons of Plano were scheduled to be married July 18 at the Chapel at Ana Villa. But because of COVID-19 health guidelines and related age and travel concerns, many of their more than 100 invited guests could not attend the indoor ceremony. As a result, Ms. Conn and Mr. Simmons notified the venue they wished to cancel their booking.

The lawsuit alleges that despite the couple’s efforts, Ana Villa’s management has refused to return the deposit or even consider arranging an alternate, future date for the wedding.

“We know that this company’s unreasonable and unlawful stance has affected many other couples who are faced with the same dilemma,” says Dallas attorney Mark Ticer. “We’re seeking class action status under Texas law on behalf of all those couples who have not or will not be able to have the wedding they contracted for and the wedding they have paid for with the company.”

For more information, contact Barry Pound at or 800-559-4534.

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