Brides to be searching for alternatives with the closure of Alfred Angelo

Posted at 7:37 PM, Jul 13, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-14 01:18:49-04

Imagine saying yes to your bridal gown, paying for it, and then suddenly learning you may never see it again.

That's the reality for thousands of brides across America.

The popular bridal brand Alfred Angelo suddenly closed Thursday, without warning.

"It's pretty sad," said Ophelia Molina, who works at Azteca Bridal in Phoenix. "We're kind of... we're in shock."

Aztec Bridal owner Royna Rosell is in the process of calling her customers and breaking the news that they now need to work to find a new option.

She has more than 30 pending orders with Alfred Angelo for her clients.

"It's not just the brides, it's the bridesmaids, the flower girls, the mothers, it's just the frustration of having to start over again," Rosell said.

Alfred Angelo is well-known across the industry, especially for its specialty "Disney Princess" collection.

Rosell said it takes anywhere from four to six months to receive a dress after its ordered, so she is focusing on her fall wedding customers first.

Her staff is scrambling to find alternatives for their brides.

"It's going to be a major, major undertaking for whoever is at the bottom of trying to get this sorted through."

Calls to the Alred Angelo headquarters were not returned.