After saying yes to the proposal, and yes to the dress, there’s so much that goes into wedding planning. At times that can be rather tough, and for hundreds of women across the country, it just got much tougher.
This month Alfred Angelo, a bridal shop based in Florida, filed for bankruptcy and shut down of all its locations without giving their customers any formal warning. The move has enraged brides-to-be, many of whom have put down hundreds, and in some cases thousands, of dollars in deposits for both wedding and bridesmaid dresses.
Alfred Angelo closed all their stores. I never thought I'd be this kind of bride but I actually teared up. No Disney Princess dress for me😭— Marina👑 (@marinaanisak) July 14, 2017
Was standing in my future wedding dress, tears in my eyes, saying yes, when I was told #AlfredAngelo has shut down & I can't order the dress— Tina Braz (@Tina_Braz) July 13, 2017
Bride Candace Lawrence told CNN Money that she visited an Alfred Angelo store in Connecticut in April. She found the wedding dress of her dreams and put down a deposit of $950.
"I cried my eyes out," she recalled of finding the perfect dress. "This is the most memorable part of your wedding day, and you don't know what's going on. My mom came up to me and she starts crying. It was over. This was it."
She had planned on picking up her dress at the end of the month, but then she learned of the unexpected closures. The 23-year-old tweeted,"This is probably the worst day of my life."
After being silent about the closing for over a week, the company finally released a statement about their bankruptcy and detailed instructions for their customers.
But what has been really helping these devastated brides are the hundreds of selfless women around the country offering up their wedding dresses on Twitter with the hashtag #AlfredAngelo.
What a great feeling to see these ladies rally together for these desperate brides-to-be. Here's to hoping that no bride is without a dress due to this Alfred Angelo nightmare.
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