Popular Bridal Retailer Closes, Leaving Brides Without Dresses

Popular Bridal Retailer Closes, Leaving Brides Without Dresses

Cara Freeburg found out Thursday night via Facebook that her October wedding might be facing some complications.

One major retailer of the Alfred Angelo brand in the Charlotte area is among the many shops putting brides first and helping whomever they can to complete their orders, even with very little time to prepare.

The company operates more than 60 Alfred Angelo Bridal Signature Stores in the US, and the store's gowns and dresses are also sold at more than 1,400 wholesale stores worldwide. However, other brides waiting on their gowns may not be as lucky.

Wix said she had already received calls from out of state brides and bridesmaids, looking to piece together their bridal party's wardrobe.

It's not just brides who are scrambling - so are their bridesmaids.

"I'm super irritated about it", The Lincoln woman said.

Thousands of brides are in a panic after one of the largest wedding dress manufacturers in the world suddenly closed all of its stores.

"That's what's making us so frustrated", Wallace said.

Several posted that they were told by store employees that ordered items that had arrived at the store would be sent to people via FedEx. "And now it's $800 down the drain", she said. Owners of Alfred Angelo are shuttering the Roseville location that was supposed to provide Kortuem's dress, and the rest of its stores nationwide.

The discounts include 30 percent off the current price of a wedding dress, 20 percent off the cost of bridesmaid dresses and the waiving of rush fees for short-term alterations. A couple of bridesmaids I had this morning needed size sixes.

Shifflett had picked out her wedding dress in March - and paid a $1,000 cash deposit toward the $1,500-plus dress and veil - and had gotten a call earlier this month that the dress was ready for alternations. "They said if we don't get here by tonight, we may not get our dresses at all. All were paid for".

The Wall Street Journal reported that the company is about to file for bankruptcy, and the Miami law firm, Stearns Weaver Miller, focuses on bankruptcy as well as other issues.

Alfred Angelo Bridal stores across the country abruptly closed down Thursday for good.

Employees at Alfred Angelo's corporate office in Delray Beach left the building en masse on Thursday, carrying boxes, plants and other personal belongings, as social media talk swirled that the bridal retailer was closing its doors.



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