The INSIDER Summary:
- A bridal shop, Alfred Angelo, closed suddenly due to bankruptcy, leaving many brides without dresses.
- Married women on Twitter are offering up their own dresses free or for low-cost to those affected by the store’s closing.
- It’s heartwarming to see so many people offering to help.
It’s stressful enough trying to find a wedding dress you love before your big day. To then have that dress ripped away from you is absolutely heartbreaking.
That’s why so many brides were irate when 84-year-old bridal company Alfred Angelo filed for bankruptcy and closed abruptly last week. The brand, which sells bridal gowns and bridesmaid dresses, shuttered many of its 60 stores across the US without giving customers prior warning last Thursday.
The closing left many brides in the lurch, and the company gave little to no explanation for how the women could get their dresses or their money back.
But now, other former brides are stepping up.
Using the hashtag #alfredangelo, married women posted photos of their dresses to Twitter, offering them up for free or at a low cost so no bride is left without a dress.
— Cassandra Duck (@CassieDuck814) July 14, 2017
— Macie Hanrahan (@maciecakes13) July 14, 2017
— Lauren Evans (@LaurenMarie463) July 15, 2017
— Meaghan Tighe Peters (@MeaghanTPeters) July 17, 2017
— Marsha A Clark (@marshaclark80) July 17, 2017
— Michelle (@ShellyyLovee) July 17, 2017
While many bridal shops have offered discounts and deals for those affected, the heartwarming acts of kindness from real former brides seems to have touched people around the country.
And on this day my Fairy Godmother rescued me. A generous donor is sending me a brand new designer wedding dress for free 💙😭 #AlfredAngelo
— Amber McGraw (@808Amber) July 16, 2017
— Checka Designs (@Checkadesigns) July 16, 2017
Brides lending other brides their wedding dresses because of the #AlfredAngelo catastrophe has restored my faith in humanity.
— Katy Shock (@kshock90) July 14, 2017
INSIDER reached out to the Alfred Angelo bridal salon for comment and had not heard back at the time of this post.
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