Brides-to-be are facing the nightmare scenario of their chosen dressmaker filing for bankruptcy before their big day - potentially leaving them without a wedding dress.
Bridal company Alfred Angelo - which has 1,400 retailers in the U.S. and worldwide, as well as 50 Alfred Angelo bridal signature stores located across America - filed for bankruptcy on Friday 14 July.
The news has prompted an outpouring of generosity on social media as women have started to come forward to offer their previously worn wedding gowns to the women who have been affected by the announcement.
In a statement on Alfred Angelo’s website on Friday 14 July, the fashion retailer posted:
“We will post additional information regarding the status of dresses on this website as it becomes available.
“If you wish to be contacted regarding your order status once information is available please send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
“We apologise for the inconvenience and hardship resulting from this event. We appreciate your patience. Thank you.”
Not long after the first offers to share dresses came flooding in:
#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. pic.twitter.com/X4jADWp1uA
That is the sweetest offer ever. My wedding is next Saturday and after it's over I'll do the same!
#alfredangelo - if any brides need a last minute dress in central FL, msg me. I have two beautiful ones you can borrow. Gorgeous & princess
Any DFW bride affected by #AlfredAngelo that needs a dress ASAP I have an unaltered ivory Watters size 10 with belt! pic.twitter.com/BAePMyicsJ
Any women in the SoCal area that need a wedding dress ASAP bc of #alfredangelo closing, I will lend you mine! pic.twitter.com/LyCwfMD3Jn
And people on social media have been truly touched by the generosity of others:
Brides lending other brides their wedding dresses because of the #AlfredAngelo catastrophe has restored my faith in humanity.
Literally the nicest thing I've seen out come from this situation.