Sarah Cummins, 25, has spent the past few years planning the wedding.
Though Ms Cummings preferred not to say why she called off the nuptials, she told the Indianapolis Star newspaper, “it was really devastating to me”. “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“.
Ms Cummins said she decided that rather than throw away the food she would bring some objective to the event and contacted homeless shelters.
While Cummins is still grieving the loss of her wedding, she’s happy that grief has a goal.
“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 even helped organize two large buses to help transport 150 people and their families to the event, according to WXIN.
On the menu was chicken breast with artichokes, bourbon-glazed meatballs, roasted garlic bruschetta and, of course, wedding cake.
Everything will be the same as it would have been had the wedding not been canceled, Cummins said, except there will be no head table for the bridal party, no cake table and no gift table.
The dinner for the homeless will take place outdoors in the garden pavilion.
But Cummins said she is not sure yet what she will do with the wedding dress.
Cummins said if she’s not too emotional, she plans to stay for the dinner with her mom and her two sisters.
Sarah Cummins talking to guests at her wedding reception.
Cummins said she is taking her mother on what should have been honeymoon.
“I was so touched that Sarah had taken a painful experience and turned it into a joyful one for families in need”, Herzog said.
“I will at least have some kind of happy memory to pull from”.
“I’m going by myself”.
Cummins’ ex-fiancé says he’s also happy with the decision to put the venue to good use.