Bride hosts reception for 170 homeless people after wedding cancellation
Sarah Cummins, 25, whose £23,000 wedding was called off at the last minute has hosted a banquet for homeless people instead.
She had booked her wedding reception at the extravagant and beautiful Ritz Charles in Carmel, Indiana.
Even though Cummins has not given the reasons for calling off her wedding, she has admitted that it was “really devastating”.
If she hadn’t decided to host an occasion for the homeless then all of the food and decoration which was planned would have gone to waste.
Instead of letting this happen, she got in contact with homeless shelters in the local area to see if people would like to attend. The bride then organised busses to escort 170 homeless people to the dinner on Saturday.
In an interview Cummins said, ‘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,’
Sarah was set to marry Logan Arujo, who had payed off the largest part of the wedding bill. Although she did check her idea for the banquet with him beforehand, to which he approved.
Arujo has said, ‘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.’
Sarah partnered with the Ritz Charles’ wedding planner to organize the event, who them arranged for her guests to be picked up via bus.
Plus, with a little media attention, local businesses donated suits and dresses to the guests for the reception.
One of the attendees, Charlie Allen, said: ‘I didn’t have a sport coat. I think I look pretty nice in it. For a lot of us, this is a good time to show us what we can have… Or to remind us what we had.’
The food menu included roasted garlic bruschetta and chicken breast with Chardonnay cream.
Of course, there was also wedding cake.
Sarah was set to fly to the Dominican Republic the next day for her honeymoon. She decided to take her mother instead!