Tish Peay and her fiancee John Early put a deposit on their bridesmaid dresses from Ever After Bridal at Greenwood Mall, but they say the company closed its doors without notice and without giving the bride-to-be her bridesmaid dresses.
Despite the setback Tish is still preparing for one of the happiest days of her life, her wedding.
"I'm ready, very ready," she exclaimed.
The bride-to-be has all of the things she needs: something new, something old, something borrowed, something blue, but unfortunately what she didn't have until recently were her bridesmaids dresses
"It's horrifying knowing that we're on a very short deadline and we're not going to have any dresses," Tish said.
Tish and John said they received a call from Ever After Bridal asking them to pay the rest of the money they owed to the company for the dresses. However when they went to pay the money the store was gone.
"They closed the doors down," John said. "We've paid.... the deposit on the dresses, and they took off out of town without leaving the dresses and with our money."
Linda Chambers with the Better Business Bureau said she's heard complaints from others who also didn't receive their dresses.
"Those complaints were because their weddings had not been held yet and the company had gone, moved away, and some people couldn't even find them."
Chambers said to prevent a situation like Tish and John's from happening to you, you should check out of the history of the business, even if it seems reputable.
"You need to look for the reliability that they have, check how long they've been in business."
Chambers also said to get everything you and the company agree upon in writing.
"If you got that in writing, a contract in writing then you do have legal steps that you can take if and when you find the people who were responsible."
As for Tish and John they said they found other dresses in almost the same color, so their bridesmaids will have something to wear on this Sat., Sept. 2, 2006.
Ever After Bridal was owned by Ruth Hampton. According to state records, Ruth and her husband Ray have filed bankruptcy three times in the last 20 years.
John and Tish say they've tried to call the Hamptons but couldn't get an answer.
WBKO was also unsuccessful in attempts to get in touch with the Hamptons.
The Hamptons also owned Celebrations Travel at the mall. WBKO has discovered a police report filed by Charity Sigmon against the company. It claims that she and her husband had paid $2,600 to the company for a cruise. Sigmon said when she tried to call and verify the trip she found all of the numbers had been disconnected. Sigmon says she then called the cruise company and was told that only $1,000 had been paid for the trip.
The managers for the Greenwood Mall said they've been in touch with the police department and customers. If you have any questions or concerns you can contact the managers at the mall office at (270) 782-9047.
Fore more information on how to check the reliability of a business... you can log onto http://www.bbb.org/.
And to view the police report filed by Sigmon click here.