May 9, 2014 3:56 pm

‘I felt like a princess in that dress': Brides-to-be wonder what to do after boutique closes

Brides-to-be look inside a closed bridal boutique in Fredericton.

Shelley Steeves/ Global News

FREDERICTON – Brides-to-be got a shock this week after Sparkle Bridal Boutique in Fredericton suddenly closed it’s doors without warning.

Now, dozens of upset and panicked brides are wondering how to get their dresses for their big day.

Courtney Malloy drove from Minto to Fredericton hoping to pick up her wedding gown, but found the boutique locked.

“It’s hard, it was the dress. And it fit me perfect,” Malloy said.

The bride-to-be paid for the gown in full, and spent $1,200.

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Wendy Jones never imagined she was the ‘bridezilla’ type, but her claws came out this week.

“I was seeing red,” she said.

She put a $400 deposit down on her dress that she thought was on order. She says she’s not expecting to get that money back.

“My question is, did they even put the deposit down on the dress or did they just pocket it.”

Dozens of frantic brides have been showing up at the boutique’s storefront since it closed earlier this week, hoping to source their dress they had on order or at least get their money back.

And many have gone to the Fredericton Police, who say they’ve received a number of calls over the past few days regarding the boutique.

“At this time, without an investigation, it cannot be determined if this is a civil matter or criminal in nature. The nature of criminality can only be determined through investigation,” they said in a statement.

But in order to investigate, those involved must report their situations to the Fredericton Police Force.

They’re asking for as much information as possible, including:

  • all documentation you have received from the business; and
  • all documentation showing payments made and;
  • a detailed statement of your complaint

In the meantime, a Sussex wedding shop owner has decided to help.

“Fortunately, I have relationships with a lot of the suppliers and they are not interested in hanging on to those dresses either, they would like to see them in the hands of the brides,” said Alaina Lockhart, owner of Lockhart’s Weddings and Special Occasions.

She’s helping the brides track down their dresses on order to try and get them shipped directly.

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