Less than 1 week after the shutdown of Alfred Angelo, the bridal community continues to rally around brides and bridesmaids affected. The National Bridal Sale Event, an annual bridal sale with 730 participating retailers nationwide, has been extended through the end of the month. Sue Maslowski, chair of the second annual National Bridal Sale Event, said extending the event was the least they could do “to make sure brides don’t go without their dream dress on one of the most important days of their lives.”
The Knot is doing our part to help in the aftermath of the shutdown. A digital help line for brides and bridesmaids (firstname.lastname@example.org) is now live and our team is working to respond and assist those impacted by the closings.
We will continue to post updates here with resources and tips for those affected by the shutdown of Alfred Angelo. [7/21/2017]
Breaking news about a big name in the bridal industry, Alfred Angelo. The bridal wear company, with 60 signature stores nationwide, declared bankruptcy and suddenly shuttered storefront doors this weekend. This is seriously devastating news for brides (and bridesmaids) who have already invested in Alfred Angelo for their wedding day.
Cue the bridal community, rallying with discounts, rush shipping and last minute options for customers in need. Here, a growing list of resources for brides and bridesmaids, as originally written and reported by The Knot News Editor, Esther Lee for TheKnot.com.
Check out dresses at David’s Bridal and other local retailers.
David’s Bridal is graciously offering special discounts for brides and bridesmaids impacted by the Alfred Angelo closures. Wedding dresses are thirty percent off, bridesmaid dresses are 20 percent off, and rush alterations fees will be waived, among other deals.
Other retailers may start offering discounts as well, which we’ll post here if we see more. Definitely check out bridal salons and shops in your area as well to see if you can buy anything off the rack, receive a discount due to the circumstances, or get a rush alterations done.
Coincidentally, the National Bridal Sale Event took place on July 15 and has been extended for two more weeks, with over 850 stores participating. There are additional retailers offering discounts on The Knot Facebook page, so click through for more options.
Brideside, one of the largest retailers to carry Alfred Angelo, released a statement this weekend about the ongoing situation. The team has been working directly with other designers to arrange discounts and rush options (free of charge) for any brides and bridesmaids affected by Alfred Angelo’s closing. Brideside also maintains that customers have the option of receiving a refund or credit, but the company says it would like to help brides-in-need find new options. Click here for more.
Bridesmaids impacted by the closure can turn to bridesmaid rental service Vow To Be Chic for a 10 percent discount. The brand announced on Monday, July 17, that it’s issuing promo code (VOWTOHELP10) to anyone affected by the crisis.
Connect on social media with other couples by using the hashtag #AlfredAngelo.
The to-be-wed and married community is extremely sympathetic and helpful with other to-be-weds who need help, and there’s a chance that someone can lend you their dress or other items you may need, like this Twitter user.
There’s also a Facebook group specifically focused on the current situation. Discuss with other brides and wedding parties for possible solutions.
Explore your legal rights.
Speak to a lawyer or legal expert about how small claims courts work in your area if you have a signed contract.
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