IN woman calls off $30000 wedding, invites homeless to reception


Sarah Cummins, 25, was due to get hitched on Saturday (15 July), but last week she was forced to call off the ceremony for undisclosed reasons.

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.

She was left with a non-refundable contract for the Ritz Charles in Carmel and a plated dinner for 170 guests on Saturday night.

"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 told The Indy Star.

For Cummins, she says she'd like to attend the meal if she can keep her emotions in check.

She told the Indianapolis Star that she and her fiance called off the wedding a week ago.

"For me, it was an opportunity to let these people know they deserved to be at a place like this just as much as everyone else does", Cummins said.

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After consulting her ex-fiancé, she made a decision to invite the area's homeless population to feast on a menu of bourbon-glazed meatballs, goat cheese and roasted garlic bruschetta, chicken breast with artichokes and Chardonnay cream sauce and, finally, wedding cake. However, there was a little rearranging involved so that she no longer had a head table or a table for her gifts. For dessert, there's wedding cake, of course.

The guests will enjoy their gourmet dinner on the patio, where Cummins had wanted the dinner all along but held back in case of bad weather.

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

After the dinner, she will jet off to the Dominican Republic alone for what would have been her honeymoon.

Sarah was praised by Cheryl Herzog, a director at one of the centres invited to take part: "I was so touched that Sarah had taken a painful experience and turned it into a joyful one for families in need".

But Cummins said she is not sure yet what she will do with the wedding dress.

Cummins said when she approached her ex-fiance with the idea of donating the event he agreed it was a "selfless way" to deal with something that would otherwise go to waste. I'm nervous, but I feel like it will be really good strength building for me.