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October 2015

Bridal Boutiques Help Couples Affected by Sophia Wedding Collection’s Alleged Closure

Couples affected by Sophia Wedding Collection’s closure receive help from bridal boutiques and wedding service providers who are offering discounted rates to those left in the lurch.

This weekend saw many couples shocked by the alleged closure of Sophia Wedding Collection. The Straits Times reported that couples claimed the boutique was dark and empty since the evening of Saturday, 10 October, and that at least 40 couples are affected by its sudden closure. Couples who booked their wedding needs with the boutique left messages on its Facebook page asking about Sophia Wedding Collection’s closure, with no response from the boutique. However, other bridal boutiques and wedding service providers, who are not affiliated with Sophia Wedding Collection, have offered help in the way of discounted rates to the couples left stranded, some with mere weeks or months to go before their weddings.

Malena Bridal Haute Couture

Malena Bridal Haute Couture expressed their sympathies to affected couples on the SingaporeBrides forum, saying, “We’ve heard about the unfortunate news that Sophia Wedding Collection has closed down without notice. We empathise that many affected couples are anxiously hoping to get a refund and making immediate alternative plans. We completely understand that the show must go on. And that on this special day, there should be no compromise on the services that you need to be at your very best, to have that perfect wedding.” They have offered to try their best to fulfil all outstanding services from affected couples’ packages with Sophia Wedding Collection at only 50% of the invoice value or the balance of the invoice, whichever is higher. Couples who wish to take up their offer should contact them at [email protected] or +65 9619 9304. Priority will be given to couples whose weddings are within the next three months, and couples must present their Sophia Wedding Collection invoices.

Yvonne Creative Bridal

Yvonne Creative Bridal announced on their Facebook page that they would extend help to couples who have been left in the lurch: “We are deeply concerned over the news of the sudden closure of Sophia Wedding Collection. We take pride in wedding planning and believes that every couple deserves to have a smooth sailing wedding planning journey. Yvonne Creative Bridal would like to extend help to couples who are left stranded and are in need of help especially those who are getting married very soon. Do contact us at 82016112, and let us know how we can help. We will try and do our utmost to help you. Meanwhile, we hope that this will tide over soon and couples can have an answer or shed some light on this ordeal. We are located at 77 Tanjong Pagar Road Singapore 088498, and our hotline is 62920342.”

The Aisle Bridal

The Aisle Bridal has also stepped forward to assist couples faced with Sophia Wedding Collection’s closure. On their Facebook page, they announced, “The Aisle Bridal has set up a team to assist and support couples from Sophia Wedding Collection. We will try our best to get back all your photos and photo albums. For assistance, kindly contact: Yvonne at 81337136 and Ryan at 90624963.”

The Louvre Bridal

The Louvre Bridal offered full sponsorship to the first 10 affected who approached them for assistance, gifting them with use of 2 classic wedding dresses and 2 classic suits. To everyone else, they said, “We hope to help the rest of you, although we are unaware of the actual number of affected couples. We will try our best to offer special discounted packages as to complete your wedding successfully.” Couples should email [email protected] or call 63377808, and present their invoices.

My Bridal Room

My Bridal Room told couples affected by Sophia Wedding Collection’s closure to seek their help as well. They posted, “We understand some of you are getting married very soon. We will try to provide help for ‪#‎SophiaWeddingCollection‘s couple to tide over this ordeal. Do contact us (‪#‎mybridalroom) at 6338 1908 and we will do our best to assist.”

Bridal Closet

Bridal Closet is offering two types of packages to help couples affected by the Sophia Wedding Collection closure and whose weddings are before 31 December 2015. Couples who are having a simple ceremony and lunch will received a discounted rate of $788 for a wedding gown, suit, hair and makeup, fresh flower bouquet, boutonnieres for groom and parents, accessories, alteration, and dry cleaning. To add on an evening gown, one more hair and makeup session, and car decor, couples can choose the discounted $1,288 package. Bridal Closet will try their best to help couples subject to availability, and invoices should be presented. Call them at 9644 9584 for assistance.

Decor Artisans

Decor Artisans has stepped forward to help couples affected by Sophia Wedding Collection’s closure as well. They said,”We can offer free rental of our Rent-A-Bouquet for these victims if they are unable to get the pre wedding photos back and need to do a re-shoot. We can also offer a 50% discount off our props rental as well.” Couples can call them at +65 6837 0887, and should present their Sophia Wedding Collection invoices.

Dream Wedding

Another bridal boutique who is helping couples deal with the aftermath of Sophia Wedding Collection’s closure is Dream Wedding. On their blog, where the news circulated, they reported that their team member saw a crowd of concerned couples gathering outside the darkened boutique on Saturday evening, hoping for answers. To help couples affected by the sudden closure, Dream Wedding is offering a special package. “We are able to provide fast onsite alterations, gown selections and gown collections from our current collections of 800 pcs of gown. We believe these are some critical issues to your wedding day preparation … We are offering you at $888 Nett for 1 White Gown, 1 Evening Gown and 1 Suit for your wedding day. We hope this auspicious $888 amount can bring good luck to you and your upcoming wedding (Furthermore, its really to cover our cost to make sure you are able to tide over this ordeal instead of charging you at our usual rate of $1580 Nett). We had just set up a team to give support for your wedding if you need so. You can call us at 82998796 or 66048013 especially for couple getting married over the next few days.” Couples should bring their invoices.

Kleid Gown & Co.

On Sophia Wedding Collection’s Facebook page, Kleid Gown & Co. has stepped forward to offer assistance as well. “We are very concerned over the sudden closure of Sophia Wedding Collection. And Kleid Gown & Co. as a bridal boutique ourselves sympathise with the couples who had signed up but are left with no answers. Although we are not related to Sophia Wedding Collection, we would like to extend our help to couples who’ve upcoming weddings in the next three months by offering couples affected: 1 premium gown rental (any gown) + 1 groom’s suit at S$550. We will do our very best to help you with your arrangements. Contact us at 8242 9385 / 8688 8809 if you require any assistance.”

Bliss Bridal Creations

Bliss Bridal Creations posted their sympathies and offered Sophia Wedding Collection couples an actual day package at $868 for 1 white gown, 1 evening gown, and 1 suit. Couples can contact them at 6336 8013 for enquiries and assistance as well.

The Feline Wedding

Couples can look to The Feline Wedding for a helping hand as well. “For the first 10 couples who come to us, we will give full sponsorship for wedding gown and suit rental,” they said. They are also offering a 50% discount on their $4,388 package, with a wide selection of gowns. Couples should email [email protected] and bring their Sophia Wedding Collection invoices.

Knottin’ Visuals

For urgent photography services, couples can go to Knottin’ Visuals. “I will be giving a 30% discount to my pre-wedding photography packages (local & overseas) for SWC affected couples. All they need is to show me their original invoice from SWC and quote ‘SWC Couple’ in their email to me at [email protected],” they wrote. They can also be messaged at +65 9734 7488.

Some of the other wedding service providers who have offered help in the form of discounted rates are Preset Media and Eisfilm Studio.

Credits: Feature image by Malena Bridal Haute Couture; The Louvre Bridal image courtesy of boutique; Yvonne Creative Bridal image by John Lim Photography; other images from the SingaporeBrides Lookbook.

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Bridal Boutiques Help Couples Affected by Sophia Wedding Collection’s Alleged Closure