If you’re getting married, here’s where not to buy your wedding dress: Here Comes the Bride in Somers Point, New Jersey.
Alix Genter went there to buy the frilly thing she intends to wear when she marries her long-time love in New York, which is the closest place she can.
She chose her dress, and was waiting to hear back from Here Comes the Bride about her fabric choice. But that’s not the call she got, several days later. The shop’s manager called to tell her she wouldn’t be selling her a dress, because she didn’t want to be associated with an “illegal action”.
Alix Genter – her fiancée is publicity shy – has the love of family and friends, 200 of whom will be celebrating the couple at a reception in Blue Bell. Genter’s Mom and Dad, aunt and cousin, and two friends were with her to help choose the dress. Her mom made muffins, a neighbor contributed champagne. Big day.
But then, she got a call from the shop manager, who noticed that Alix Genter had crossed out Groom and written in Partner with her fiancée’s name.
And that’s where we are, New Jersey. I hope the manager at Here Comes the Bride uses this occasion as a learning moment. Meanwhile, maybe shop somewhere else.