Brides panic as Alfred Angelo stores close across the country

Alfred Angelo, a Florida-based bridal shop, has apparently shut down without telling its customers. The move has incensed brides-to-be across the country — many of whom have already put down hundreds of dollars in deposits for wedding and bridesmaid dresses.

Brides from Virginia to California took to social media to vent their frustrations. In Washington state, the unexpected closure of a store near Seattle prompted a police response to control the crowd.

“This is probably the worst day of my life,” Candace Lawrence, 23, wrote on Twitter after learning of the closures.

Alfred Angelo’s bridal wear is sold at more than 2,500 stores around the world and at 60 Alfred Angelo signature stores in the U.S. The company has not posted any information about the store closures on its website or official social media accounts, and it hasn’t responded to requests from CNNMoney for comment.

Lawrence told CNNMoney that she visited Alfred Angelo’s Manchester, Connecticut location in April and put down $950 for her dream wedding dress.

“I cried my eyes out,” she recalled of finding the perfect dress. “My mom came up to me and she starts crying. It was over. This was it.”

Lawrence had planned to pick up her gown at the end of July. Now, neither the store nor Alfred Angelo’s corporate office is taking her calls.

“This is the most memorable part of your wedding day, and you don’t know what’s going on,” she said.

 

Now, that’s every brides nightmare.

 

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