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Traders rally round brides-to-be after dress shop shuts

The unexpected closure of luxury dress shop Tilly Mint in Fleet has left many women in the lurch over their wedding dresses

Maria Ferreira, a seamstress and designer from Yateley, has been overwhelmed with enquiries from brides-to-be.

Seamstresses, florists and hairdressers have come to the rescue to ensure anxious brides-to-be still enjoy their dream weddings after a luxury dress shop closed down unexpectedly.

Tilly Mint, in Fleet Road, Fleet, has ceased trading, leaving many women in the lurch over their wedding dresses.

Bride-to-be Joanne Rho-des-Brown, from Mytchett, was distraught when she found out the shop had closed, just five weeks from her big day.

The 26-year-old said: “After finding out via their answer phone message that they were no longer trading, I was quite shocked and pretty concerned.

“I was unsure if I would be able to get my dress in time for the wedding and had visions of walking up the aisle in my jeans.

“Thankfully I contacted the designer Chanticleer directly, who still had my dress.

“They have been so helpful in re-uniting me with it and have gone beyond their duty to ensure everything works out in time.

“They were also marvellous with recommending seamstresses for the last-minute alterations and fingers crossed things can now go ahead without a hitch. My thoughts go out to all of the other brides-to-be in the same situation and hope they can also get their dresses in time.”

The bridal boutique held a flash sale on Saturday June 7, selling dresses, veils, hair accessories and even shop furniture, but by June 10 it was closed with a sign on the door asking customers to call accountants MacIntyre Hudson. Businesses from the surrounding area have joined together to help couples with their last-minute wedding preparations.

Maria Ferreira, a seamstress and designer from Yateley, has been overwhelmed with enquiries from brides-to-be.

She said: “I have helped around 10 brides-to-be that needed alterations.

“It has been very short notice, with people needing their wedding dress finished in just a week.

“But I started on them straight away because not only is it my responsibility as a seamstress, but the brides were very stressed and concerned.

“The wedding dress is the most important thing of the wedding, if it’s not right then you won’t feel right.”

Steve Forster, Fleet resident and town and district councillor, said the closure was ‘such a shame’ as the shop was a good business.

He said: “It is really sad. Of all the customers, a bride-to-be is someone you do not want to upset. Tilly Mint has been in Fleet for around three years and it is quite the destination shop, with customers travelling not only locally but from London too.

“A lot of brides-to-be have been left in the lurch, but it has been great to see the active community pull together to help couples out.”

The upmarket shop sold wedding dresses, shoes and hair pieces while also hosting a number of exclusive events, including designer days throughout the year.

MacIntyre Hudson was unable to comment but confirmed they were currently looking after Tilly Mint’s finances.

 

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