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Weddings hung up as dress outfitter folds

Alfred Angelo closed without warning to brides
Posted at 6:58 PM, Jul 14, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-14 21:58:38-04

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Brides to be are in panic mode across the U-S.

One of the biggest wedding outfitters shut down suddenly last night---  leaving them wondering whether they'll get their wedding dresses.

Alfred Angelo, is reportedly filing for bankruptcy--  and it's hard to get any answers about what happens next.

Of all the businesses to leave customers in the lurch, how about a company that deals in dreams of beautiful, perfect weddings---weddings people spend months, or even years planning.

We don't know how long Alfred Angelo company had been planning to shut down.  But it locked it's doors at eight last night and locked out brides across the country.

A few people got word of the shutdown in time to grab dresses before the doors locked.

Friday, elaborate dresses are locked inside, while elaborate weddings are locked in limbo.

Bride to be Elizabeth Orr says, " I just found out so I'm still feeling the panic and calling my bridesmaids and trying to figure out what we're going to do. I'm stressed, very stressed."

Elizabeth Orr is lucky in one way.  She has her wedding dress.  It came from another company.

But the six Long Fairy Tale Bridesmaid Gown with Single-Shoulder Strap were all supposed to come from Alfred Angelo.

She says, “We can't get ahold of the store.  Online doesn't even say anything about the stores being closed.  I'm at a loss.  I'm out money for the dresses.  I'm out of dresses right now.  I don't know what I'm going to do."

The sign at the store gives no information except for this e-mail:predmond@stearnsweaver.com.  It goes to a bankruptcy lawyer at a Florida law firm.           

Elizabeth Orr's wedding is two months away.

She says, “That's not a lot of time to order and get alterations and still  have to pick a dress.  Some of my girls are out of state.  It's just hard.  It's a very hard situation and weddings are stressful enough as it is.”

Elizabeth Orr is heading out right away to another wedding store to start salvaging her wedding.

It's hard to offer a lot of advice on what to do.  You might be able to stop credit card payments but you'd still need the dresses.

A lot of customers could end up creditors in the bankruptcy case.  But if they recover anything it probably won't happen very fast.