Heartbroken bride throws feast for the homeless after wedding called off

An Indiana woman who called off her $30,000 wedding has invited homeless people to come and eat the food prepared for the reception.

Sarah Cummins, 25, broke off her wedding, then realised that her sit-down reception dinner for 170 at the Ritz Charles was non-refundable.

Sarah Cummins, 25, decided to invite homeless people to eat food prepared for her called-off wedding. Source: Indy Star

Feeling "really sick" about throwing away the food she had ordered for the reception, she began contacting local homeless shelters and has invited people to come along.

"We're doing all the same stuff, just arranging the tables differently, so there's no head table for the bridal party, no cake table or gift table," Cummins told The Indy Star.

The venue for the reception is the Ritz Charles in Indiana. Source: The Ritz Charles

On the menu are bourbon-glazed meatballs, goat cheese and roasted garlic bruschetta, chicken breast with artichokes and, of course, wedding cake.

"I was so touched that Sarah had taken a painful experience and turned it into a joyful one for families in need," Dayspring Center shelter director Cheryl Herzog said.

"I suspect having the chance to experience a delicious meal in a beautiful space like the Ritz Charles will be very special for them."

The bride-to-be said the decision to open her reception up to people who were doing it tough would mean she would be able to have "at least some kind of happy memory to pull from it".

She intends to be there with her mother and bridesmaids, before going solo to her planned honeymoon destination, the Dominican Republic.