Not the news these brides were hoping for. In July, Alfred Angelo announced it was filing for bankruptcy, effectively stranding thousands of bride-to-be’s and their many bridesmaids partway into their wedding planning. In the latest development, the beleaguered company released a statement this week on its website confirming that any bride who hadn’t yet received her gown, won’t.
“The Chapter 7 Trustee greatly regrets the upset that Alfred Angelo’s July 14th bankruptcy filing has caused its customers,” a statement on Alfred Angelo’s official website reads. “While we have been successful in obtaining customer records and delivering many dresses and accessories for customers all over the country, even after the bankruptcy filing date, it has now become apparent that the logistical and financial strain of fulfilling each and every open order makes continuing that course of action no longer possible.”
“Thus, to the extent any order has not been fully delivered to a customer, it shall have to remain unfilled,” the statement continues. “If you believe you are owed any money, please use the link below to complete a proof of claim. Please be advised that neither the Chapter 7 Trustee nor her counsel are authorized to provide legal advice to any affected customer regarding their purchase.”
The unfulfilled orders extend to bridesmaid dresses and mother of the bride and groom gowns as well.
One positive thing to come of the bankruptcy filing last month was a banding together of the bridal community, including both local and national retailers. David’s Bridal and BHLDN, two major bridal retailers, also offered steep discounts to brides looking for last-minute fixes, while many local businesses offered additional help to impacted people.
And on Facebook, a closed group called “Alfred Angelo Brides/Bridesmaids Dress Swap” even offered an online community for former and current brides to chat about all things wedding-related.
Charlie Reed of San Diego, an assistant seamstress and former full-time employee of Alfred Angelo, joined forces with two other employees to call hundreds of women and let them know where their dresses were.
“We drove 400 miles round-trip to collect 40 gowns from the seamstress and delivered them to brides by Sunday evening,” she told The Knot at the time. “I have a strong moral obligation to get these brides their gowns. One of the girls said, ‘We had a job that wasn’t done and we’re not people to leave things unfinished.’ It’s so true. Sure, people are amazed at what we are doing, but our response is, ‘Wouldn’t you do the same?’”