Bride Invites Homeless To Reception Of Her Called-Off Wedding

USATODAY_HumankindPublished: August 17, 2017Updated: August 18, 201764 views
Published: August 17, 2017Updated: August 18, 2017

Sarah Cummins had planned a $30,000 extravaganza for her wedding. She spent two years planning the event. But for reasons she decided are better left undisclosed, that wedding is now off.

She wasn’t just left with a broken heart. She was also left with a non-refundable contract for a venue and plated dinner for 170 guests at the Ritz Charles. "It was really devastating," said the 25-year-old pharmacy student at Purdue University. "I called everyone, canceled, apologized, cried, called vendors, cried some more and then I started feeling really sick about just throwing away all the food I ordered for the reception," she said.

After gathering up the courage to speak to her former fiance, she worked with event planner Maddie LaDow at the Ritz Charles to rearrange the reception area. She then started contacting homeless shelters in Indianapolis and Noblesville and invited their residents to her party.

Everything was the same. There just wasn’t a head table, or tables for the cake and gifts. The dinner took place at the venue’s enclosed garden pavilion because Sarah said she always wanted an outdoor wedding but didn't want to risk the weather. The menu boasted with bourbon-glazed meatballs, goat cheese and roasted garlic bruschetta, chicken breast with artichokes and Chardonnay cream sauce and, yes, wedding cake.

Sarah arranged two buses to pick up the shelter residents and families to bring them to the party. Local stores donated clothing for the guests, so that everyone could look their best.

And although a union was not made, the day was still in the spirit of love.

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