Bride-to-be cancels wedding and feeds homeless during reception instead

Frederick Owens
July 17, 2017

Sarah Cummins and her ex-fiancé canceled their wedding after two years of planning, according to The Indianapolis Star.

Sarah Cummins did not say why she had to cancel the wedding at the last minute but the venue and the pre-paid meals were non-refundable. She declined to give a reason but said they were left with a nonrefundable contract for the Ritz Charles in Carmel and a plated dinner for 170 guests. "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".

Instead of letting the day go to waste, Cummins contacted homeless shelters to ensure that some good would come out of an otherwise unfortunate turn of events for the bride-to-be. "It's been a nice distraction instead of sitting around crying", she said.

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

Party guests will certainly eat well: Cummins says chicken breast with artichokes and chardonnay cream sauce, bourbon-glazed meatballs, and goat cheese bruschetta are on the menu.

Working with the hotel's event planner, Ms Cummings is rearranging the tables at the reception so there is no head table for the couple or gift and cake tables.

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The wedding feast will take place at the Ritz Charles in Carmel, complete with gold Eiffel Tower centerpieces and gourmet food. But, she wanted to serve the wedding cake to guests. "I've worked so many weekends and so much overtime to pay for this, I wanted to make sure it would be the ideal wedding", Cummins told the IndyStar.

"I will at least have some kind of happy memory to pull from", she said.

While Ms Cummins herself attended - as well as her mother, aunts and three bridesmaids - the rest of the feast was all for the poor and 12 military veterans.

"I've worked so many weekends and so much overtime to pay for this, I wanted to make sure it would be the flawless wedding", Cummins said, according to the Indy Star.

"I'm going by myself".

Araujo 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'.

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