Shifflett had picked out her wedding dress in March - and paid a $1,000 cash deposit toward the $1,500-plus dress and veil - and had gotten a call earlier this month that the dress was ready for alternations.
The abrupt closure of dozens of Alfred Angelo stores across the country threw brides-to-be into limbo, leaving thousands of customers distraught over the prospect of finding another dress on short notice. In Tampa, customers were told that if they were unable to pick up their dress today, that they would be sent via FedEx. If, due to the store closures, you or your 'maids suddenly find yourselves without a dress, just bring your original branded Alfred Angelo retail receipt to any David's Bridal location in the U.S for some mega discounts.
Around 10 out of 62 stores nationwide are thought to have closed their doors, amid reports that Alfred Angelo is filing for bankruptcy, NBC5 reports.
Cara Freeburg found out Thursday night via Facebook that her October wedding might be facing some complications.
A young couple at the door of the bridal shop just before 8 p.m., the store's normal closing time, seemed satisfied when they appeared to receive their purchase.
Employees at an Orlando, Florida location passed out cards with the phone number of the law firm handling the bankruptcy to people who stopped by the store.
"I was here last week and nobody said anything", said a teary Jessica Dearing. Several customers tweeted that they had yet to pick up their gowns and were anxious they'd be left without a dress or a refund.
The Washington Post called the company's customer service line on Friday and got the answering machine.
"I've been working my butt off to pay for this wedding", Stawarz said. "I don't know if they'll get a dress".
Alfred Angelo's attorney has not yet released any statement over the development and it remains unclear when they would do so.
The scene came amid buzz on social media saying the the company, founded in 1933 by Alfred Angelo Piccione and Edythe Vincent Piccione, is going out of business. "We don't know", she said.
"I've got to get some kind of confirmation, something, 'cause I've already paid for my dress", she said.
"I can't believe (Alfred Angelo) would have the courage or stupidity to go against brides", Johnson said.