Brides-to-be offered free gowns after bridal shop closure

Brides-to-be offered free gowns after bridal shop closure

METAIRIE, LA (WVUE) - A group of wedding planners watching bridal nightmares unfold on social media are working with brides-to-be affected by the closure of Linda Lee Bridal in Metairie.

"It's really important that bride has her moment, and if someone can step up and say, 'Hi, I can make that moment happen,' let's make some lemonade out of this terrible situation," Danie Coleman said.

Three Little Words is asking former brides to help the brides-to-be.

From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, people are urged to bring old dresses, wedding gowns and bridesmaids' dresses to Feet First Shoes at 4122 Magazine St. to help out.

The women affected by the closure will be helped for free if they bring their receipt from Linda Lee Bridal.

"Part of what our job is mitigating a last-minute crisis that may happen. We really felt like our expertise in that scenario could help make this a lot easier for people who want to help to donate their dresses and for people who need help to come in and get their dresses," Samantha Capone said.

"We want to make sure that brides know that we are there to show up for them. Their city is there to show up for them and to make sure that they have their wonderful day," Elizabeth Nicholson said.

It is day four without any word or any answers from the Linda Lee store owners as dozens of women get ready to walk down the aisle.

"My dress is in there. I just want my dress, and I want to know where my bridesmaids dresses are at," said bride-to-be Asia Mitchell.

On Friday, Mitchell posted a handwritten note on the door of the bridal shop. Linda Lee closed without warning on Tuesday.

Mitchell cannot get the 13 dresses inside the store for her wedding, which is 10 weeks away.

"My dress wasn't just any $50 dress. It cost thousands of dollars. What am I going to do? I can't afford to buy a $2,000 dress. Not right now," Mitchell said.

The only notice left for customers is a note on the door saying the business is closed for a family emergency and will reopen soon.

FOX 8 went to the home of Linda Lee's owners, but no one came to the door.

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