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Strangers offering their wedding dresses for free to brides impacted by Alfred Angelo closing

Posted July 20

— Just days after Alfred Angelo Bridal announced its closing, women across the country are blasting social media offering the brides to be wedding dresses.

Alfred Angelo Bridal was a national chain with 60 of its own stores across the country that filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy liquidation in Florida last week.

Women across Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook are using the hashtag #dressmatchmaker to offer ladies left in a panic their own wedding dresses.

Renee Lang, just outside Chicago, took to social media Tuesday morning to offer her wedding dress from seven years ago.

"It was a beautiful dress, very classic," she said.

Lang, a local entrepreneur who has a mobile boutique in Illinois called Discover Melange also sells clothing all over the Midwest, and knows how important a dress is for a woman's special day.

"I hope we get some kind of hits," said Lang. "If not, I hope other individuals are able to connect with someone who can match them."

Bridal stores across Tampa are trying to help local brides too.

Isabel O'Neil off South Dale Mabry has had two brides stop in the store in a panic.

They are offering some type of a discount on a case by case basis.

"We'll evaluate their situation and see what we can do, either reordering a new gown, and maybe waving some of the rush fees, as well as possibly selling some gowns off the rack," said store owner Maryisabel Rooney.

Marry Me Tampa Bay has been tracking all the local bridal shops that are trying to help brides left in the dark.

Anna Coats, owner of the wedding site, says the best thing for brides is to book wedding insurance -- which would cover the cost of lost gowns if a store were to close like this.

Coats wants local women offering their dresses to use the hashtag #dressmatchmakertampa.

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