Protecting Your Dress And Investment

 
 

ADVICE ON TAKING ACTION AND HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF IN THE FUTURE

On July 13, 2017, brides and bridesmaids nationwide were shocked to discover that Alfred Angelo, a large bridal retailer, closed its doors unexpectedly, leaving thousands of customers confused about the future of their merchandise for their weddings.  Bridal parties everywhere are terrified that this will impact their big day - and their wallet. Wedding Flea Market is here to help provide some guidance to help you get your dresses for your upcoming event.

When researching for this post, we had discovered that this is a common problem nationwide. You will find stories online about shops, big and small, that close abruptly with no advanced warning to their staff or customers. Brides are left in limbo wondering what happens next. This can happen to anyone, so be prepared to protect yourself!

Here are some things to consider when you’re buying from ANY bridal shop:

  • What is their contingency plan should they go bankrupt? You can always ask the owner/seller this question. Ask them if their insurance policy covers any sudden bankruptcies, etc. 
  • Have your dress manufacturer’s contact information and call them directly if a business fails to deliver your order.
  • Give your bridal shop an earlier wedding date than your actual day. Try to get all of those dresses in the door ASAP!
  • Buy all dresses with a credit card. Through The Fair Credit Billing Act, you can dispute charges on goods and services never received. As quoted from consumer.ftc.gov:
"Have you ever been billed for merchandise you either returned or never received? Has your credit card company ever charged you twice for the same item or failed to credit a payment to your account? While frustrating, these errors can be corrected. It takes a little patience and knowledge of the dispute settlement procedures provided by the Fair Credit Billing Act (FCBA).The law applies to "open end" credit accounts, like credit cards, and revolving charge accounts, like department store accounts. It doesn’t cover installment contracts — loans or extensions of credit you repay on a fixed schedule. People often buy cars, furniture, and major appliances on an installment basis, and repay personal loans in installments, as well."

IMMEDIATE ACTION

Several news sources have reported that you can contact Alfred Angelos’ attorney directly to see what legal action you can take—information listed below:

Patricia Redmonds, ESQ

Phone - 305-789-3553

Email - predmond@stearnsweaver.com

This statement was posted within the 24 hours on the front page of their website. Here is their email address in clickable form: alfredangelo@mjstrustee.com

Alfred Angelo Bankruptcy Statement

It seems that the timeframe or protocol is unknown as to how they will proceed with orders already placed and paid for, so here are some solutions should you not have your dress/bridesmaids' dresses and no time to spare. 

Search Ebay, Thred Up, PreownedWeddingDresses.com, Goodwill and local Facebook Groups/Marketplace for used or never worn bridal items online.

David’s Bridal is offering a discount to bridal parties with an Alfred Angelo receipt. You may be able to find an alternative look for a fair price.  

All across the country, brides and businesses are helping out. Wedding Flea Market is based out of Pittsburgh, PA and our Steel City brides and wedding businesses are already coming to the rescue! 

This Magic Moment Bridal Studio - Mashel and Lisa's amazing store has over 350 dresses ready to leave their store today with a seamstress ready to assist and willing to waive rush fees. 

Your Big Day Dress Rescue - Nicole Brough, owner of Your Big Day wedding planning is putting together a buy/sell/donate event that will take place very soon to help those without dresses. Ladies from our local Facebook buy/sell group as well as local businesses are already lining up to volunteer, sell or donate dresses. Date and time to be announced. 

Wedding Flea Market - Our fall wedding resale event is coming up on September 30, 2017 at the Monroeville Convention Center. Newlyweds can sign up to sell their leftover wedding items - including wedding dresses, bridesmaids dresses, mother of the bride dresses and more. 

We’re absolutely heartbroken for all of the bridal parties out there that have been affected by this. We hope that some of this insight will be useful. All the best and good luck to you!