After a Bridal Store Went Bankrupt, Women Banded Together to Help Brides-to-Be Find Dresses


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Married women from across the country are taking to social media to donate their bridal gowns to stranded brides-to-be in need after Florida-based Alfred Angelo Bridal filed for bankruptcy. The closing left many brides in the lurch wondering what they will wear on their biggest day.

Thanks to the kindness of strangers, offers to borrow their wedding dresses have been pouring in over the internet. Using the hashtag #AlfredAngelo, former brides of all shapes and sizes are making good on the wedding credo, “Something borrowed,” listing their dresses along with photos and sizes on Twitter and Instagram.


Jennifer Gable from Riverside, California, offered her dress along with bridesmaid dresses. She tweeted, “Hello Brides! size 2 slim fit dress is available for those ripped off by AA. I also have multiple brides made (sic) dresses.” Ashley Boiling from Aliso Viego, California, posted her designer dress offer on Instagram. “If you are a bride that was affected by the Alfred Angelo closings, I would love to give you my @maggiesotterodesigns dress! PM me and we can discuss sizing and shipping. My heart goes out to all of the stressed brides,” wrote Boiling.

Macie Hanrahan from Southern California tweeted, “Any women in the SoCal area that need a wedding dress ASAP bc of #alfredangelo closing, I will lend you mine!” If you had visions of walking down the aisle looking like a Disney princess, Marsha A. Clark from Indiana offered her Disney dress. She tweeted, “wanting offer (sic) someone affected by the #alfredangelo #alfredangelobridal scandal my wonderful dress. size 16 slightly altered disney dress.” Ripley’s Believe It or Not! is donating about 20 of the top gowns from Cheap Chic Wedding’s yearly New York fashion competition to brides whose plans were squelched by the sudden bankruptcy. The winning dress this year – “Quilted Enchantment” – was unbelievably made from toilet paper with 1,500 hand-cut butterflies. Dressmaker Kari Curletto won $10,000 for her quirky creation.


These loaned dresses may not be these brides dream wedding gowns, but they’re certainly being put to good use now rather than collecting dust in the closet. SHARE these women’s kind act with any bride in your life!

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