Thank goodness a few Fairy Godmothers have stepped up.
Alfred Angelo brides across the country have seen their fairytale wedding dreams turn to nightmares after the retailer unexpectedly shuttered its doors last week. Alfred Angelo's bridal wear was previously sold at more than 2,500 stores around the world and at 60 Alfred Angelo stores in the U.S.
With little to no warning, the popular Florida-based designer announced it had filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy on Thursday, leaving thousands of brides in a lurch, and in many cases, without the dresses they had already paid for in full.
The store confirmed the catastrophic news on its website, though it offered little in the way of answers. “Alfred Angelo filed for bankruptcy on July 14, 2017. As a result, all stores and wholesalers are closed … If you wish to be contacted regarding your order status once information is available, please send an email to email@example.com,” the statement reads. “We will post additional information regarding the status of dresses on this website as it becomes available. We apologize for the inconvenience and hardship resulting from this event. We appreciate your patience. Thank you.”
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In no time, panicked brides took to social media to express their outrage and to look for solutions. NPR reports that brides and their families are using Alfred Angelo's Facebook page to discuss how to retrieve the dresses they've paid thousands of dollars for to wear on their special day. While many have managed to get their hands on their dresses, many more are still left out in the cold with their wedding dates fast approaching.
In a heart-warming turn of events, many recently-married brides have offered to donate their dresses on Twitter and Facebook using the hashtag: #AlfredAngelo. Even competitor David’s Bridal is stepping up to the plate and offering a discount on replacement dresses to brides with an Alfred Angelo receipt that were impacted by the closure.
We’re always impressed by people’s instinct to lend a hand—in good times and in bad.