David's Bridal has stepped up to help out brides and bridesmaids following the shock announcement on Friday
Alfred Angelo announced its immediate closure on Friday (14 July) - leaving brides and bridesmaids around the world without their gowns.
Brides and 'maids across the world have been left confused and devestated by the sudden news, wondering if they'll still be able to receive the dresses they'd paid full or deposit amounts for in time for their celebration, or at all.
How every Alfred Angelo bride feels right about now.... I just posted a vlog updating what's going on with my wedding dress since so many of you have been asking! For those who don't frequent the wedding blogs- Alfred Angelo (the store I got my dress from) went bankrupt and closed all its stores without warning. Soooooo many brides aren't going to get there dresses, it's so sad!!
Heartwarmingly, married women around the world are using the hashtag #AlfredAngelo to offer their pre-loved wedding gowns to brides-to-be in need - and they're not the only ones who have offered to help.
David's Bridal - which has a host of locations across the UK, including its flagship store at Westfield Stratford - has also stepped up, offering a series of generous discounts for those affected by the shock news.
In a statement released last night by David's Bridal, the company said: "Wedding dress retailer Alfred Angelo has declared bankruptcy and shuttered its business, and as a result, brides and bridesmaids may not receive their dress order as expected. In response David’s Bridal is extending a special offer open exclusively to brides and bridesmaids impacted by the closure of Alfred Angelo’s business".
The statement continued: "Brides and bridesmaids impacted by the closure of Alfred Angelo can visit any David’s Bridal location in the U.K. and, upon presentation of their original retail receipt showing the purchase of an Alfred Angelo dress that was not fulfilled, will be offered:
Bridal gowns/dresses: 30% off the current price (This includes current promotion price and clearance price.)
Bridesmaid/flower girl dresses: 20% off the current price (This includes current promotion price and clearance price.)
Alterations: Rush fees on alterations will be waived to help meet event dates with a tight timeframe."
And why is David's Bridal helping out? In its own words: "With 300+ stores internationally, David’s Bridal is in a unique position to help brides find “the dress” which fits her style, budget and vision. With over 60 years of experience, David’s Bridal knows the excitement and anxiety that comes with planning a wedding. Purchasing a wedding dress is an emotional decision that no bride takes lightly".
The offer is valid for 30 days from Alfred Angelo's announcement - i.e. until August 14th - and brides/bridesmaids simply need to present the receipt showing their Alfred Angelo purchase(s) to obtain the discounts. The offer is in-store only and is not available online.