Did you hear the news of wedding dress behemoth Alfred Angelo closing down, taking along with it thousands of dresses already on order by brides? Are you one of them? Are you now dress-less? Don't panic, there are some things you can do to snag a last-minute wedding dress…
Hit up your local major dress chain
If you have a David's Bridal, House of Brides, or department store nearby, they WILL have options for most dress sizes available and have been known to be super cool about making alterations quickly. It may not be your dream dress, but their selection is usually large enough that you'll find something wearable, at least. Just know it may not fall into the “offbeat” category…
Check out local sales
Today is National Bridal Sale Day, coincidentally enough. 850 stores are participating in nearly every state plus Canada, and tons of dresses are available at discounted prices. This could be the place you could find a last-minute wedding dress. Here is more information and where to find local retailers involved.
If you have enough time, try online
Etsy sellers, custom dress creators, sites like ASOS, eShakti, BHLDN, and even Amazon have wedding dresses, wedding separates, and occasion wear that'll totally be formal enough to serve as a wedding outfit. Think outside of traditional dresses and search for “long tulle skirts, “lace tops,” and “cocktail dresses.”
Etsy and custom dress sellers can be particularly useful if you get in touch with a seller/designer and ask if they can rush over something already crafted and in stock. It's worth a shot. Separates can be a lifesaver when it comes to sizing something quickly.
Have YOU gone through this before?
We've got a personal story to share later next week about a last-minute dress (spoiler, David's Bridal to the rescue), but has this happened to you? Share your tips for finding a dress at the last minute in the comments! Help a fellow Offbeat Bride out…