Published: Mon, July 17, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

IN woman turns cancelled wedding into a party for the homeless

IN woman turns cancelled wedding into a party for the homeless

IN woman Sarah Cummins has turned one of the most devastating experiences of her life into a positive one by inviting a homeless shelter to come enjoy the $30,000 reception of her called off wedding.

The 25-year-old cancelled the wedding last week but found she was unable to refund the cost of the reception dinner for their 170 guests, the Indy Star reports. "I called everyone, cancelled, apologised, 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 told USA Today.

Cummins said she decided that rather than throw away the food she would bring some goal to the event, so she contacted homeless shelters in the area.

While Cummins is still grieving the loss of her wedding, she's happy that grief has a objective.

Cummins told the Indianapolis Star that she and her fiancé called off the wedding a week ago.

So, after discussing it with her ex-groom, they both chose to use the cancellation as an opportunity to help people in need.

On the menu was chicken breast with artichokes, bourbon-glazed meatballs, roasted garlic bruschetta and, of course, wedding cake.

On Saturday evening, residents from homeless shelters in Indianapolis and Noblesville shuffled into the Ritz's enclosed garden pavilion dressed to the nines in clothing donated by community members.

Cummins said if she's not too emotional, she plans to stay for the dinner with her mom and her two sisters. The homeless guests then dined on the wedding cake.

'It was really devastating.

After the dinner, Cummins will head to her honeymoon to the Dominican Republic with her mother.

But with hopes of 150 homeless people attending, Cummins said she will "at least have some kind of happy memory to pull from" on what she once thought would be her wedding night. Cummins says she hopes it will provide the necessary alone time she feels she needs before she returns to school at Purdue University.

"I was so touched that Sarah had taken a painful experience and turned it into a joyful one for families in need", Herzog told the paper.

"I'm happy through my grief and also Sarah's that she was able to make a selfless and very thoughtful decision in such a hard time", he said.

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