Wedding invitations? Check! Flowers? Check! Bridal gown?
That’s the dilemma of thousands of brides as a popular bridal gown manufacturer closed up shop, leaving the status of many dresses unknown.
In what could be a textbook case of worst timing EVER (it’s wedding season, yo), the Florida-based bridal manufacturer and retailer Alfred Angelo announced late last week that it had filed for bankruptcy. While some locations have reportedly remained open long enough to get brides their gowns, some U.S. locations simply posted messages on their door with a phone number for a lawyer. Ouch.
An Alfred Angelo location (well, I guess that would be PREVIOUS location now) in Guelph, Ontario noted that local bridal boutiques were trying to assist by sharing their remaining Alfred Angelo gowns. And companies such as David’s Bridal have stepped in to offer big discounts to brides left hanging. And some women have taken to social media using the hashtag #alfredangelo to lend out their dresses to women affected by the closure.
A visit to Alfred Angelo’s website found a message saying, “We apologize for the inconvenience and hardship resulting from this event.” Yeah, I’m sure that will make it all better… ~ Jason