Fall River store steps up after brides-to-be are left without dresses

FALL RIVER, Mass. (WPRI) — A Fall River bridal shop is coming to the rescue of local brides-to-be after a popular chain abruptly closed its doors.

Alfred Angelo filed for bankruptcy last week and shut down all of its locations nationwide, leaving brides without dresses and in some cases, out of a lot of money.

If anyone can understand the importance of “the dress,” it’s another bridal shop. So Bridal and Prom Discount Warehouse decided to do something about it.

The store’s owner, Joel Benson, posted on Facebook over the weekend that they’re offering dresses up to $499 for free to those affected by Alfred Angelo’s closure.

“I can only imagine how stressed out these brides are, coming in looking for a dress knowing that they bought one and they’re not getting one,” said Syrina Camara, Bridal and Prom Discount Warehouse’s manager.

To get a free dress, you’ll need to bring in a proof of purchase and also buy a veil, which costs between $100 and $300. The deal runs from July 20-24 and the shop will offer extended hours during that time.

Camara said the shop has hundreds of dresses to choose from.

“We have size 6 to 28, so no matter what size range they are, we’ll find something that looks good on them,” she said.

Camara said she’s already taken dozens of calls from stressed out brides looking for help.

“Every girl pictures that ‘he’s going to cry moment,’ so I feel like the dress is kind of a woman’s number-one thing in a wedding,” she said. “So for us to be able to give a dress to a girl that’s going to make her feel beautiful, that’d be great.”