Bride Calls Off Wedding, Then Invites Homeless To Her Reception At The Ritz.

Sarah Cummins was heartbroken when she decided to cancel her wedding a week before she was set to be married Saturday.


The 25-year-old spent two years saving for and planning a 170-guest celebration at the Ritz Charles in Carmel, Indiana. Though it was the right decision, she was absolutely heartbroken, “It was really devastating,”Sarah told The Indy Star.

Sarah didn’t specify why she canceled the wedding – but the result was a non-refundable $30,000 reception that would certainly go to waste.

Amy Bartner

“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 said.

After consulting ex-fiancé Logan Araujo, she decided 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.

Amy Bartner

Sarah’s guests had the most beautiful time. Many of them wore semi-formal outfits donated by local Taylors and clothing stores. Though all in attendance were from four local homeless shelters, you’d have thought them aristocrats based on their dress and behavior.

Amy Bartner

“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 Indiana homeless shelter – and guest at the party, told the Star.

Sarah Cummins

While the world still feels bad for Sarah, she’s just glad to have something good come of the broken relationship, “I will at least have some kind of happy memory to pull from,”she said. “I wanted to make sure it would be the perfect wedding.â€

Let Sarah’s decision be a reminder for you to see the bright side no matter your situation. Share and spread the word!

Want to be happier in just 5 minutes a day? Sign up for Morning Smile and join over 455,000+ people who start each day with good news.