On Thursday, thousands of brides to be were stunned when they received notices that their wedding dresses would not arrive for their big day after the nationwide, abrupt closing of all Alfred Angelo Bridal Shops.
Women as well as their family members flocked to the different locations and were told any dresses that had been ordered after the month of May would not be received and that no refunds would be given to customers due to the bridal shop chain filing bankruptcy.
Many of the brides to be took the news hard. One bride to be said that her sister had given her $1,000 for her wedding to buy her dress and now she would not have the dress or a refund and could not afford to pay for another wedding dress.
Most of the brides to be said they found out about the shops closing from a popular Facebook page for brides to be. No notifications by the store were given by phone, email or letter.
Neither the corporate managers nor the local managers of the stores would give comments when requested. However, some clients said they had been told that they could still pick up their wedding gowns that had been finished and were in stores.
One of the bride’s to be decided to take a dress from the rack, which she was allowed to do, and said that she would try to sell it and get back some of the money she lost on her own wedding dress.
Nevertheless, the large majority of brides to be that ordered and paid for their gowns after May were out the full amount and have no recourse to be paid what they had already invested.
Alfred Angelo upon filing bankruptcy shuttered over 60 stores across the country causing chaos amongst brides to be, in numerous states.
Some of the customers who were interviewed outside the shuttered stores said they had been told that they had to contact attorneys that were handling the bankruptcy case for the company.
Most of the clients who ordered wedding dresses were out at least 50% of the value of the dress and some as much as 100%. The value lost depended upon if the shop collected a 50% deposit prior to making the dress or was paid 100% in advance, which often times would include a discount.