When alcohol inspectors made an unannounced visit to the Panorama event hall on February 11th, they found a band and 280 jovial guests at what had been billed as a wedding, the local Länstidningen reported.
Amid all the excitement, however, the inspectors failed to locate what was considered a rather essential part of any proper wedding celebration: a wedding couple.
As it turned out, the supposed “wedding” was a Valentine’s Day celebration where guests paid an entrance fee for a night of food, drinks, and live music.
The admission fee entrance policy – and the lack of a bride and groom – left inspectors in doubt as to whether Panorama had been forthright when in applied for and received permission to serve alcohol at the “wedding”, one of four for which the event hall had received permits to serve booze.
The permits were predicated on the parties being closed events, but as the “wedding” in question was open to anyone who bought a ticket, inspectors surmised the terms of the permits had been breached and duly confiscated all of the imported liquor from the bar.
However, inspectors decided to let alcohol purchased from state-owned liquor retailer Systembolaget remain.
Following the incident, police have filed a report against Panorama for suspected alcohol law violations.
According to the paper, Panorama had also recently been reported to Swedish tax authorities over suspicions that larges sums had been embezzled from the event hall’s coffers.