Indiana Woman Cancels $30000 Wedding, Invites Homeless to Reception

Indiana Woman Cancels $30000 Wedding, Invites Homeless to Reception

Indiana Woman Cancels $30000 Wedding, Invites Homeless to Reception

The 25-year-0ld pharmacy student has stated that she doesn't want to explain why she and her ex-fiance decided not to get married, but the pair had been planning the event for over two years.

American woman Sarah Cummins from IN told the Indianapolis Star she cancelled the wedding a week ago, but declined to give a reason.

She was left with a non-refundable booking at the Ritz Charles hotel in Carmel, Indiana as well as a plated dinner for 170 guests.

She told the Indy Star: "It was really devastating, 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 her nonrefundable reception go to waste, she contacted nearby homeless shelters and invited the residents to her party at the Ritz Charles. It was her former fiancé who had paid most of the bill, while Cummins and her parents and an Araujo family friend had paid the balance.

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"It's just a really great opportunity for us, that was going to be a huge tragedy in her life", Erik Jensen, a resident of Wheeler Mission - an in homeless shelter - and guest at the party, told The Indy Star.

Cummins and her mother will arrive early to help arrange the venue, including setting up their own personally designed Eiffel Tower centerpieces.

"It's just a really great opportunity for us, that was going to be a huge tragedy in her life", Erik Jensen who lives at Wheeler Mission homeless shelter said at the party.

The painful break up, which took place a week before their wedding day, led her to take an altruistic step. Instead, she is inviting local homeless families for dinner after failing to get her deposit back.

Ms Cummins, however, is still not sure what she will do with her wedding dress.

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Sarah Cummins talking to guests at her wedding reception.

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

After the reception, Cummins and her mom will leave for the Dominican Republic to enjoy the honeymoon. I'm nervous, but I feel like it will be really good strength building for me.

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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