Outrage after "alfred angelo bridal" stores abruptly close down

The sign in the window at Alfred Angelo bridal shop in De Witt on Thursday

In metro-Atlanta, calls to the Alfred Angelo store in Perimeter Village, the only branded store in the area, were unanswered.

The company's store in Sunrise was closed Thursday night and had a sign in the window directing customers to call a law firm and in Coral Gables store employees would not comment, WFOR-Ch.

"My dress that I wanted forever".

"It's my dream dress - I've been waiting for 44 years for this", said Jones.

It is a major wrench in the works for weddings across the country. Alfred Angelo has more than 60 of its own boutiques, and sells its gowns as a wholesaler in 1,400 other retailers.

Carley's friend found out her dress was shipped out to whatever address they had on file today.

"I'm super irritated about it", The Lincoln woman said.

"I thought, 'That can't be. We have spent a lot of time and money and it's a big deal". "This is a complete mess".

As frustrating as the situation was for the customers, many were concerned for the stores employees.

"I've been working my butt off to pay for this wedding", Stawarz said. Am I out a thousand dollars?' What kind of business practice is this?

Busboom said she went to the Alfred Angelo Facebook page and found posts from other brides who claimed they've heard rumors of bankruptcy.

One user wrote: 'Feeling bad for every single Alfred Angelo employee.

Brides and Grooms is going to donate or discount the sample dresses and all Alfred Angelo dresses will be $99 on July 24. One girl couldn't afford the dress, so Stawarz paid for it herself.

As of Friday morning, the company still had not released a statement about the closings.

The company's website declares that 'he will never forget the way you looked, ' conjuring romantic images of happy, loved-up grooms and their attractive partners. There was no answer at any of their listed phone numbers, even for the hundreds of smaller wedding stores that they supply dresses for. So, that's why she's really nervous because it's not just, "oh I am picking up my dress and I have months before I can get ready, '" Carley said.

"So I showed up to pick it up but it's the wrong dress, but they're not doing any new orders of production of dresses", says Toscano.

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