Nearly 200 brides have allegedly been left without bridesmaid dresses for their big day following the sudden closure of the popular bridal store Wedding World in Fairview, Dublin.
Speaking to RTE Radio One's Liveline today, Bernie O'Farrell in B Couture bridal boutique in Arklow, Co Wicklow explained that she had 100 bridesmaids dresses that she had received from bridesmaid dress supplier Dessy - the exclusive designer to Wedding World - hanging in her store that she was happy to give away to any brides left in the lurch.
Bernie explained that the dresses were unworn samples that she was left with when she decided to no longer stock Dessy gowns due to feeling 'undercut' by the now defunct Wedding World.
"We lost 70 per cent of our sales to Wedding World who were under cutting all the time, we couldn't figure out how they were doing it. In the end I had to give them up because I didn't want the reputation that we were overcharging," she explained.
"By the time you factored in VAT you couldn't charge what they were charging. We can't understand how they got credit."
Bride to be Melissa Suttcliffe discovered she was out of pocket - and out of two bridesmaids' dresses for her big day - just this morning.
"I had given them €570 when I went in on 27th January and purchased two bridesmaids' dresses, they asked for a deposit, but I decided to pay in full on the day to get ahead of ourselves," she said.
"I rang the Dessy company in England and was speaking to Sally, who said they have no correspondence from Wedding World about my dresses and nothing on file."
"Basically I've handed out over €500 for the craic," she concluded.
Bernie in B Couture said she is happy to help any brides left without dresses as a result of the closure.
Online Irish wedding boutique Weddingdress.ie, which has their production house in Dublin, said they also want to help those affected y the closure of Wedding World.
Head Designer Jill Anderson told THEVOW.ie: "We have heard about the plight of the brides who have bought their dresses from Wedding World and would like to offer our services to help some of these brides who may have ordered their wedding or bridesmaid dresses there.
"Our designers will be happy to meet with any of the brides to discuss their requirements and can have a bespoke made to measure dress completed in four to six weeks.
"We understand that many of these brides may have already paid a deposit and will do our utmost to make sure we keep the cost as low as possible."
Ms Anderson said that anyone is welcome to contact them by phoning (0)1 4361821 or email firstname.lastname@example.org