Bride-to-be finds silver lining in Alfred Angelo closings

Local Business Shocked From Wedding Dress Retailer Closing

While social media surely does distract us from our daily lives, it can also bring us together - and that's exactly what's happening now, after an 84-year-old bridal company filed for bankruptcy and abruptly shuttered its stores, leaving thousands of brides-to-be without gowns.

When the couple arrived at the store, they found a sign that simply reads: closed.

"We will post additional information regarding the status of dresses on this website as it becomes available", the company wrote.

People who visited the website on Sunday were met with a large, bolded message that read: "apologizes for the inconvenience and hardship resulting from this event".

Brides across the Pittsburgh area are trying to figure out what to do after a bridal store chain suddenly shut its doors. She said she immediately rushed to the location that was holding her dress only to be told the dreaded news - she might not get her dress, or a refund. "God, I am so thankful", said Stradley.

"They're literally filing for bankruptcy", said Pucci.

"When I saw everything on the news, I chose to drive by the store and saw it was closed", Lis said via Facebook. With veil and accessories, she has almost $1,250 invested in wedding attire at the store, she said.

Taylor's Bridal Boutique in Elmira, Ont., informed customers of the Alfred Angelo bankruptcy on Friday in a Facebook post.

All places we spoke to said they are willing to help brides in this time of need.

Then you get a call from the bridal store that they're closing, your dress is in the store, but your veil and belt are not, and you have to pick up your dress before 6 p.m.

Blackman said though she helped many women, her shop couldn't rescue dresses for every bride-to-be. Employees were reportedly informed Thursday during a call. BABC plans to extend this offer to Alfred Angelo clients through July 31st.

"I cried my eyes out", she recalled of finding the ideal dress. "It just sucks. I don't even understand what happened", said Ringler, 33, who ordered the $2,500 dress in March for her wedding in February.

As news of the Alfred Angelo store closings, other local bridal shops have offered help, and even some discounts, to anxious brides.

Tory Dean, a manager with The Dresser Bridal Couture shop in Fullerton, said she already had an idea that something was up.

David's Bridal, a national wedding dress retailer with locations in MA, is also offering special discounts.

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