On Thursday, July 13, popular bridal retailer Alfred Angelo, based in Delray Beach, Florida, abruptly closed its US stores (they have more than 60 and over 1,000 wholesale locations) and filed for bankruptcy.
We know this is very unwelcome news to so many couples depending on Alfred Angelo for their wedding dresses, tuxedos, bridesmaid dresses and more.
While some brides reportedly got lucky and were contacted to pick up their items ASAP, others didn’t fare as well and reportedly don’t have any word about current orders placed, or have their items locked inside a closed store. If you’re in immediate need of help finding a new wedding dress and other formalwear items, here’s what you can do right now:
David’s Bridal is graciously offering special discounts for brides and bridesmaids impacted by the Alfred Angelo closures. Wedding dresses are thirty percent off, bridesmaid dresses are 20 percent off, and rush alterations fees will be waived, among other deals.
Other retailers may start offering discounts as well, which we’ll post here if we see more. Definitely check out bridal salons and shops in your area as well to see if you can buy anything off the rack, receive a discount due to the circumstances, or get a rush alterations done.
Coincidentally, the National Bridal Sale Event is taking place this weekend on July 15, with over 850 stores participating. In addition to the event, there are additional retailers offering discounts on The Knot Facebook page, so click through for more options.
Brideside, one of the largest retailers to carry Alfred Angelo, released a statement this weekend about the ongoing situation. The team has been working directly with other designers to arrange discounts and rush options (free of charge) for any brides and bridesmaids affected by Alfred Angelo’s closing. Brideside also maintains that customers have the option of receiving a refund or credit, but the company says it would like to help brides-in-need find new options. Click here for more.
Bridesmaids impacted by the closure can turn to bridesmaid rental service Vow To Be Chic for a 10 percent discount. The brand announced on Monday, July 17, that it’s issuing promo code (VOWTOHELP10) to anyone affected by the crisis.
2. Connect on social media with other couples by using the hashtag #AlfredAngelo.
The to-be-wed and married community is extremely sympathetic and helpful with other to-be-weds who need help, and there’s a chance that someone can lend you their dress or other items you may need, like this Twitter user.
There’s also a Facebook group specifically focused on the current situation. Discuss with other brides and wedding parties for possible solutions.
3. Explore your legal rights.
Speak to a lawyer or legal expert about how small claims courts work in your area if you have a signed contract.
This is a developing story that’ll be updated as we receive more information.