Brides move wedding party to McDonald’s after two venue cancellations

A couple who were forced to postpone their wedding twice after their chosen venue was closed by the coronavirus outbreak decided to go ahead anyway and booked the local McDonald’s for their reception.

Shannon McKenna and Melissa Russell felt like it was too much of a risk to postpone their nuptials a third time because of Melissa’s dad’s poor health – they would hate him to have to miss their big day.

Melissa has worked at a McDonald’s in Motherwell, Scotland, for the past six years. So she had the idea of asking her boss Kate Walker if they could host the reception at the restaurant after they tie the knot at South Lanarkshire's Chatelherault Country Park on Saturday.

Melissa, 27, told the Daily Record : "We’re so grateful to Kate for hosting us and our small party on such a special day.

“It’s not the day we’d imagined, but we’re over the moon to be spending the reception at the Motherwell restaurant. It will certainly be one to remember.

“I’ve worked at McDonald’s for six years now and have made many happy memories there, as well as friends for life, so I’m excited to spend the evening there with my loved ones.

“I can’t wait to become Mrs McKenna.”

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Shannon, 26, added: “It’s so important to us that Mel’s dad can see us get married and McDonald’s have helped make that possible.”

McDonald's franchise owner Kate Walker said they were "delighted" to have been asked to host the reception after hearing about the difficulties Melissa and Shannon had in trying to secure a venue.

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She said: "It’s an absolute pleasure to be able to host Mel and Shannon’s wedding reception on Saturday.

“We were delighted when they asked us to use the restaurant, especially after hearing the trouble they’d had trying to secure a venue and a date.

"Mel has been a valued part of my team for six years now and it’s great to be able to give something back as a thank you for all her hard work."

"Here at McDonald’s," Kate added, "we pride ourselves on Covid safety and we’ll be taking every precaution to ensure the wedding can go ahead within the current government restrictions.

“We’re really looking forward to being a part of their special day.”

We here at the Daily Star would like to join our colleagues at the Daily Record in wishing Melissa and Shannon all the best for their special day!

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