Post # 1
I am still in shock….I purchased my bridesmaids dresses from Lady Hamilton in Arlington Virginia (a very nice boutique). Unfortunately they had to close their business but they sent a very nice letter out to the buyers to tell us that our orders would be transferred to Beautiful Brides in Waldorf Maryland. I called to verify this with the new location and they confirmed that everything would be okay with my orders…they went on to say that my dresses would be in by labor day….
To make a long story short I heard, through the grapevine, that the beautiful brides boutique was closed…but of course I didn’t believe this because I hadn’t received a letter, call or anything…. I called Beautiful Brides this morning and could not reach anyone. I assumed that they were helping customers…I called a second and third time and still no answer. My father, who had the day off from work, rode down to Beautiful Brides in Waldorf and guess what…..They are no longer in business…ghost town. Okay, so the question now is…WHERE ARE MY BRIDESMAIDS DRESSES???? I am so mad! No call, no smoke signal, nothing!! They just moved and did not even have the courtesy to tell the patrons…So what in the world do I do now…I want to call a news station or something….grrrr!!
I called the manufacturer and they are going to check to see if the dresses are somewhere in the warehouse… they will call me tomorrow. I have 39 days until my wedding and I am trying not to not lose my mind!
Has anyone had a run in with Beautiful Brides in Waldorf Maryland??? Where are they????
Post # 3
<span style=”text-decoration: underline;”>SIMILAR PROBLEM AT LADY HAMILTON/BEAUTIFUL BRIDES IN WALDORF
I purchased my Wedding Dress from Lady Hamilton in Feb/March 2009. I heard news that the store was closing and fortunately my dress came in before the end of July 2009. I had my first fitting in July and continued to use the Lady Hamilton suggested seamstress. Lady Hamilton had my dress and transfered it to the Beautiful Brides location in Waldorf and held it until the seamstress picked it up.
I just had my second fitting at the seamstress’ house and noticed that EVERY SINGLE BUTTON WAS STOLEN OFF MY DRESS!!!! Myself, my girlfriend, and the seamstress were in complete and utter shock! You can see where the buttons used to be….they were all there on my original gown in July when I had my first fitting…and now they are all gone!! My expensive wedding gown was violated!
If anyone gets in touch with the owner, Nancy Griffin, please post how. I have emailed the store and am awaiting a phone call, however, I am not sure I will ever hear from them.
Good luck with your bridesmaid dresses! Hopefully it will all work out soon.
Post # 4
I am having a similar problem. I purchased my veil through lady hamilton in July and I was told they were closing but that I could contact the beautiful bride store in maryland if I had any questions. They said they would ship me my veil to the house and the charged my credit card the 600 dollars I spent on it. I called malis henderson the designer and they have never seen an order for my veil at all and had no idea they have closed both stores. I have been trying to get in contact with the stores by email and no one is answering. I did search the corporation online because I intend on getting my money back and I found out who formed the corporation and their mailing address. I will be sending a letter certified mail as well to them. I am even debating calling every nancy griffin in maryland to find out what is going on. Please let me know if anyone has heard anything. This is a total disaster.
Post # 5
Yes! Count me in as one who has had MAJOR problems with Ms. Nancy Griffin and her associated stores! I ordered my wedding dress at Lady Hamilton in late June, and I had no idea the store was closing (and was not told they were going out of business). A few weeks later, I heard on theknot.com’s boards that they were going out of business, so I called. They confirmed that they were closing, but would send me a letter in the mail detailing how I could pick up my dress at Beautiful Bride in Waldorf in mid-September. (Which is, as I found out, exactly when they went out of business at the Beautiful Bride location). The deposit on my dress (1/2 down) was almost $900. Fortunately, my fiance put the deposit on his American Express, so we were able to dispute the charge and now American Express is going after her.
Needless to say, when I called Beautiful Bride on September 17th to inquire about my dress, the phone was disconnected. I called an adjacent business, and they confirmed that Beautiful Bride was closed and gave me the phone number for the property manager for the property. The property manager then passed on an email address for Lady Hamilton, which I used to get in touch with someone (I still don’t know who but am assuming it’s Ms. Griffin or her lawyer) about my dress. The response was that they would put me in touch with another bridal store that could receive my dress from the manufacturer, and that my dispute regarding the deposit was irrelevant because of the bankruptcy. I was steaming mad, needless to say (and there was a lot more to their email response than what I’ve posted here).
After two more nagging emails from me, someone from Ellie’s Bridal in Alexandria contacted me, and they have been great with trying to get my dress in. Of course, I’ve had to pay them in full for the dress, but it is *supposed* to be here on Friday. I have NO idea whether or not the dress was ever actually ordered by Lady Hamilton. All I know is that my wedding is two months from tomorrow – and I’ll believe that I have the dress when I see it.
Post # 6
Hey guys, check out the story on Beautiful Brides’ bankruptcy. They filed 11 days ago. This Web site and your stories helped a ton!
Nightmare in Waldorf: Bridal shop bankruptcy
Just about every bride has that wedding day dream where something awful happens to her dress. It doesn’t fit, it goes missing, it’s destroyed, it’s the wrong dress, the veil is shredded — the list goes on and on.
Most brides get to wake up from that nightmare.
But Dianna Rodriguez and others who placed orders with Beautiful Bride and Formal, a Waldorf shop that went dark and quietly filed for bankruptcy, are living it.
“It’s been awful,” said Rodriguez, 22, who has been trying to track down her $600 veil since she tried calling the shop last Thursday and discovered the telephone had been disconnected………………….