Planning a wedding is incredibly stressful, but for thousands of brides it got even worse after bridal shop Alfred Angelo abruptly closed its 60 stores.
For the women who had purchased bridal gowns or bridesmaids dresses from Alfred Angelo, this means the loss of hundreds or thousands of dollars in deposits, and a frantic scramble to find replacement dresses. Fortunately, empathetic people all over the country are stepping up to help out. Many are volunteering their own wedding gowns as replacements for those in need:
Any women in the SoCal area that need a wedding dress ASAP bc of #alfredangelo closing, I will lend you mine!
alfredangelo if you've been affected and can send proof, I will give you my dress for free. DM me. Needs to be cleaned and shipped.
Hello Brides! size 2 slim fit dress is available for those ripped off by AA. I also have multiple brides made dresses #dressmatchmaker
For brides in the chicagoland area I have a barely worn sz 8 sweatheart neckline trumpet gown wedding dress frm Davids Bridal #alfredangelo
David's Bridal is also offering discounts to those impacted by the unexpected store closures:
Brides & bridesmaids impacted by #AlfredAngelo store closures, we're offering special discounts for you: https://t.co/XV5wRU4Utr
It's amazing to see people from all over the country volunteering their own gowns to strangers who could use them for their special day.
Lauren Levine is a freelance writer who has contributed to publications and websites including The Charlotte Observer, U.S. News & World Report, American Way magazine, The Huffington Post, Hello Giggles, Bustle, Thrillist, Thought Catalog, and others.