Left at altar? Store bankruptcy leaves brides in the lurch

Who can brides call for help after Alfred Angelo shut down? This Miami lawyer.

"I've been prioritizing them by the dates of their weddings". She bought her dress from an Alfred Angelo bridal store in California.

As for Kristen's veil and one bridesmaid dress that still hasn't been shipped, she says she's been fortunate up to this point, still holding out hope.

Still shaken from the abrupt notice, Kristen said the woman on the other end of the line said one statement that left her rattled.

The company declined to provide details, but the bankruptcy filing lists the company's estimated assets at $50,000 or less, with estimated liabilities at $50 million to $100 million.

That comes after Alfred Angelo filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy last week-meaning the company sought to liquidate rather than restructure its debt.

Creditors now have until November 27th to file a proof of claims against Alfred Angelo. That's left darkened stores across the country, and nobody to contact but Redmond for relief. She added that the company will offer support to brides in order of wedding date. But not all did.

Taylor noted that local bridal boutiques are trying to help each other out by sharing their remaining Alfred Angelo gowns. She too has been unable to reach anyone at the store. "People are calling and saying, 'My dress is in the store, and I can see it'". Money reported that the company has not posted any information regarding store closures on its website or on social media accounts. "Someone said: 'You've ruined my life". "I could have taken it home, but I figured because I was paying for it in full, I'd get a brand new on that no one had ever tried on", Wilkowski said. "Apparently there are dresses in the Toronto warehouse plus the ones down at the factory".

"I really feel bad for the brides", Redmond said.

Nicole Lis, of East Taunton, had an appointment to visit Alfred Angelo's Dedham store on July 19. The featured sale's slogan: "Get it Now or Never".

The quick and charitable offers are probably being made because every bride who's gone through the wedding-planning process knows what a complete nightmare planning a dream wedding can be.

That leaves the second Saturday dress in Boynton Beach. In Sunrise, the store was closed and a sign told customers to e-mail a law firm. The hottest tips relate to the names and phone numbers of third-party seamstresses who've been working to alter dresses - and who might be able to unite dresses and their recipients. Despite the stress and frustration, she said she's happy for what she does have. She paid US$1,200 for her wedding dress.

A meeting is also set for a representative of Alfred Angelo to appear before creditors and be questioned under oath.

The groom from Worcester said that if the dress can not be found, it would mean another expenditure of $1,200 to get his bride a new dress. She could not comment about what they would be doing for customers looking for their dresses.

The chain's only other Louisiana store was in Shreveport. Then there's the issue of customized merchandise.

"There's no dress in sight, no refund in sight", Danielle said.

She was married in 1975.

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