Margaret Perdue started bawling when she heard on the radio that the bridal retailer responsible for her wedding gown had abruptly closed its doors.
“This is how bridezillas are hatched,” said the 33-year-old Toronto resident. “I was distraught. When you try to plan for your wedding in advance and things come crashing down, it’s a hit in the heart.”
With her wedding in October, she had already put down a $1,056 deposit on an ivory floor-length number — named after Princess Elsa from Frozen — back in May. Suddenly, Perdue found herself scrambling to find something else.
When you go shopping for a dress, you get emotional. You plan your whole wedding based on it. You develop a bond with the dress. It’s not that easy to get over.
– Hamilton Best for Bride manager Marcella Lico
But she’s not the only bride-to-be panicking.
Florida-based bridal retailer Alfred Angelo shuttered its 60 U.S. stores and filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy liquidation in July, leaving brides-to-be around the world without the gowns they had already ordered.
Some women offer up their gowns
Many of them took to social media to complain. At the same time, some women have offered up their own gowns.
“Size 12/14 dress. Detachable straps,” one tweeted on August 5. “I would love to donate my wedding dress to any bride who has been shafted by Alfred’s .AlfredAngelo.”
This month, Alfred Angelo posted a statement on their website:
“The Chapter 7 Trustee greatly regrets the upset that Alfred Angelo’s July 14 bankruptcy filing has caused its customers,” it said.
“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.”
Alfred Angelo’s bridal wear was sold at 1,400 locations, including many in Canada.
19 Hamilton brides affected
Marcella Lico, manager at Best for Bride in Hamilton, said her store has 79 clients who were affected, 19 of whom are brides. And that’s not even including the ones at the company’s three other locations in Ontario.
She said she is “repulsed” by Alfred Angelo’s treatment of the people buying and selling their dresses.
“For a company that’s been around for as long as they have, it’s disgusting,” Lico said.
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