Wedding organiser behind Balgonie “Bridezilla” row locks down castle after death threat

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A WEDDING organiser who lashed out at “bridezillas” has apologised – and revealed she called police after getting a death threat.

Kelly Morris has been told by officers to “lock down” 700-year-old Balgonie Castle, Fife, after she told complaining bride Henia Roy to “get to f***”.

Ms Morris said around 150 threatening emails and phone calls were received through the night on Thursday and Friday.

She said in a statement: “I want to sincerely apologise to everyone who may have suffered from this disastrous situation.

“We have received over 150 threatening emails, phone calls started at Midnight and went on through the night up until the police came out to take our statement.”

KELLY MORRIS
Ms Morris called in police after receiving a death threat and was told to “lock down” Balgonie

She added: “I actually received a death threat on the telephone this morning around 10:14.

“The police were actually here to witness the phone calls.

“There was a friend here who was answering the phones.

“The police have instructed us to unplug the phones, lock down the castle and keep the CCTV on record.

“I have had to unpublished the Facebook business page and delete contact from our website.”

Henia, from Glenrothes, Fife, and her fiance Andy, are due to get married at the picturesque castle in nearby Markinch, which featured in hit series, Outlander, in five months time.

The row started after she posted a query without disclosing the venue, asking: “How many brides are paying for their day meal three months in front of their special day?”

HENIA ROY
Henia, pictured here with fiance Andy, asked a question on a website about her contract with Balgonie Castle

Ms Morris responded: “I do not have the patience to deal with Bridezillas.” She then posted full details of the bride’s contract.

In today’s statement, Ms Morris said: “I know I should have emailed her but it was in a wedding blog which stated it did not allow any businesses to be slandered, harassment or abused therefore I felt it was safe to post our terms and conditions to this bride.

“Balgonie Castle has never had the problems we have suffered since we began our meals packages.

“We had a very horrifying event in 2014 in which one of the drunk guests hit me. Since this time, I have been very leery of dealing with wedding packages.

“We actually hired an events manager in 2015 but he could not handle the demands of the brides either.

“We cannot afford to hire anyone on a contract. Balgonie Castle has never received grant funding.

“I have tried for the past 3 years to get our local authority to help us out here.

“The inclusive packages are very popular because we can offer very affordable prices. We have always tried to keep our local market in mind to provide a great service for a very reasonable price. We have also allowed couples to pay out their weddings as well as trying to discount where possible.

“This is why I became so very upset over the wedding blog incident.

“I pulled out of that wedding blog and very disappointed they did not honour their own rules by deleting the threads.”

Henia also posted today, writing: “We are very grateful for all the messages of support and many offers of free or discounted rates. We may investigate some of the alternative venue options but can assure you we shall be paying the going rate for the venue.”

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