“All of a sudden, we don’t have a room anymore.” LI couples forced to make wedding changes as Smithtown ends deal with caterer

Some Long Island couples were thrown a major curve ball when they learned that the caterer providing the reception was no longer serving their wedding venue.

Melanie Trudell and her fiancé Jordan found out just days ago that the Lessings Hotel Company was no longer an option at the Smithtown Landing County Club.

“The reason we chose Smithtown Landing was because it was Lessings and we wanted Lessings to host our wedding, so it was overwhelming at first,” says Trudell.

Trudell says she discovered that Lessing, who had a contract with the City of Smithtown to host events at the Smithtown Landing County Club, was recently replaced by another caterer after their contract expired.

“It was kind of crazy, all of a sudden we’re out of a room,” Trudell said.

Fortunately, Lessings catering manager Steve Kirschbaum said the company reached out to everyone with a contract and provided solutions, including staying at Smithtown Landing.

“If they want to stay at Smithtown Landing with the new operator coming in January 1, we could refund their deposit and the coming company said they would honor the contract as well,” Kirschbaum said.

Lessings also offers a full refund.

Trudell and her fiancé decided to move their event to another of Lessing’s 13 venues, the Mansion at Oyster Bay.

Trudell says the change was painless and hopes the same will happen to other couples.

“He was super nice – nice to talk to – very accommodating, so it worked out,” Trudell said.

The City of Smithtown released a statement, reading in part: “The City has already begun the transition process, working with Lessings and the new caterer to ensure that every event taking place after December 31 is a memorable affair and successful.”

Anyone with questions regarding the events can call 631-320-8129.

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