Seventy couples hoping to celebrate their weddings at a Kowloon Bay banquet hall learned yesterday that their venue provider had lost a legal wrangle with its landlord. In a packed courtroom, couples watched as International Trademart Company won a court application to evict Club Regency after it failed to pay two months' rent, totalling HK$1.25 million. But the two parties reached a settlement shortly after the judgment, allowing couples who had paid in advance to use the venue at the Hong Kong International Trade and Exhibition Centre for their wedding banquets until March 31. The company would not say if it would pay refunds to couples who wanted to opt out of the deal. 'In the spirit of the contract, if we can provide the venue for our clients, we have already fulfilled our responsibility,' club general manager Sandy So Yuk-ping said. She said couples set to be married after March 31 would either get their deposits back or receive a double refund, depending on contract terms. While the resolution brought smiles of relief to some couples, it did not erase the problems of others. Miss Mak booked other premises for her wedding two days ago after Club Regency managing director George Wong Fuk-wah assured her that her HK$30,000 deposit would be returned. 'I'm in a quandary now that I'm caught between two commitments,' said Miss Mak, who plans to hold her wedding in November. 'A lot of terms of the settlement are still unclear.' Groom-to-be Tim Wong Shiu-lun chose to back out of the deal even at the risk of losing his HK$36,000 deposit. Others felt they were up against a wall. 'All the venues are either fully booked or cost a lot more than our budget,' said Mr Cheng, who declined to give his full name. Mr Justice John Saunders said in the Court of First Instance he was all too aware that his decision to side with Club Regency's landlord could mean cancelled wedding plans. 'It was a most uncomfortable decision to come to because I was very aware of the circumstances,' he told the court. 'This was a very sensible resolution of the matter.'