Albany Bride Guide - By Angela's Bridal

Black Friday, White Dress

There’s no doubt Black Friday is one of the most popular shopping days of the year-if not the most popular. Black Friday, the day after thanksgiving (as most of you already know) is the time for millions of people to do some major holiday shopping.

Ever since the start of the modern Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade in 1924, the Friday after thanksgiving has been known as the unofficial start of the holiday shopping season. The term “Black Friday” was coined in the 1960s. “Black” refers to the stores moving from “red” to “black” when accounting records were kept by hand and red indicated a loss and black indicated a profit.

As you know, retailers offer their best deals of the season on Black Friday and in doing so, draw huge crowds. Many stores offer door busters which causes customers to wait outside for the stores to open.

Recently, Black Friday has been taken to a new extreme. Stores have been opening earlier and earlier. First 5am, then midnight, 8pm and now even 5pm! It’s actually pretty sad in my opinion. Especially with people getting injured and even killed because of the crowds and the desire to get the sale first. I’m still shocked that one man was trampled to death when the doors opened at a Walmart in Long Island. People aren’t truly celebrating thanksgiving anymore with things like that happening.

I have always worked in retail and I find it sad that I used to regret the holiday season because of Black Friday, especially when thanksgiving is my favorite holiday (SO much food!!). Fortunately, this is the first year I’m actually excited for Black Friday weekend because we at Angela’s Bridal are not taking this day to the new extreme.

Although we do extend our regular hours for the day, we do not open at obscene hours. We extend our day from 10am to 6pm in order to fit the most brides we can for our BIGGEST promotion of the year without going over the top. Angela’s Bridal values the importance of spending holidays with family and friends. Janet Cooper, the owner of Angela’s Bridal, is a very family oriented woman herself, and recognizes the fact that we couldn’t truly enjoy thanksgiving if we had to open our store at midnight.

I think this is the way other retailers should view black Friday as well, from an employee viewpoint. None of us here at Angela’s will be working through the night or waking up at a crazy hour, so we will be rested, ready, and best of all- EXCITED, to help our brides find the dress of their dreams! We will be enthusiastic rather than dreading the day. We are so excited to keep the spirit of Black Friday alive while keeping it in-check.  We can truly provide the top-notch service we value so strongly.

Are you ready for our biggest promotion of the year! Exclusive promotions will apply to new appointments during our “Black Friday, White Dress” Event. These days always fill up quickly so call today to ensure your appointment. This is a very special time to purchase your bridal gown! We may not have hordes of people waiting for our doors to open at 10am, but we are SO excited to help you find the dress of your dreams!

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