KNOXVILLE (WATE) – Alfred Angelo Bridal stores abruptly closed nationwide this week, leaving many brides-to-be with a potential wedding nightmare.
Alfred Angelo Bridal stores closed at 8 p.m. nationwide on July 13. According to ABC affiliate WSB-TV Atlanta, employees at Alfred Angelo’s Florida corporate office were seen leaving the building carrying boxes and other personal items. An official company statement has yet to be made.
The Wall Street Journal reported the company has hired a Florida-based law firm to handle its bankruptcy proceedings. It is not yet clear what the bankruptcy and closure mean for brides who have already paid for their dresses.
Julia Shell is weeks away from her wedding.
“I never would’ve believed six weeks going into my wedding I would have to start back at square one,” said Shell.
The bride is now trying to find new dresses for her six bridesmaids.
“If you know anything about ladies, it’s hard to please all of them,” said Shell.” I want my girls to feel beautiful in the dress and feel comfortable in the dress that they choose and having to do that again, now is just horrifying.”
Lindsey Barclay is the maid of honor in her sister’s upcoming wedding.
“It’s frustrating, because I don’t have my money or my dress and now I’m going to have to pay rush on anything I want.”
Barclay stopped in at Knoxville shop White Lace and Promises to find a new dress.
“As an area, Knoxville, we are trying to ban together to help these brides wherever we can,” said Morgan Putty with White Lace and Promises. “We would love for them to reach out to us so we can help them out in anyway that we can”
Wedding planner Marvyl Triscritti is urging her brides to remain calm.
“It is very stressful and it is very important,” said Triscritti. “This is one of those easy fixes. As long as we are getting the money back we can usually find a good alternative here in there area.”
Other bridal shops are stepping in to help former Alfred Angelo customers. David’s Bridal made a statement on Facebook saying that customers could “upon presentation of your original branded Alfred Angelo retail receipt, receive special discounts on new wedding and bridesmaid dresses.” For more information, visit the David’s Bridal website to find the nearest location.
White Lace and Promises will do outside alterations for dresses that still need to be altered. For pricing and more information visit the White Lace and Promises website.
WATE knocked on the door of the Alfred Angelo location in Turkey Creek and called the corporate line, but there was no answer.