As anyone who has ever had a wedding can attest, the Big Day comes with a ton of hefty deposits. And unfortunately, they’re mostly nonrefundable.
That’s what 27-year-old Quinn Duane discovered when her fiancÃƒÂ© decided to call off their wedding…less than a week before it was supposed to take place.
Quinn and her family had already put down deposits for the $35,000 wedding, including food for 120 guests, which was set to take place at a swanky four-star hotel in Sacramento.
Instead of arranging for some serious takeout, Quinn and her family decided to do something good: They turned what would have been her wedding reception into a meal for the homeless.
“When I found out on Monday that the wedding would not be taking place, it just seemed like, of course this would be something that we would do to give back,” Quinn’s mom, Kari Duane, told Sacramento’s KCRA.
The Duanes called the reception a “Fall Dinner” and opened the doors to the city’s homeless population.
Guests included single people, families, grandparents, and newborns, who all dined on a four-star meal that included appetizers, salad, cauliflower, gnocchi, salmon, and tri-tip steak (yum!).
Quinn was (understandably) still upset and chose to stay home with friends, but her parents were there to greet the guests.
“I feel a lot of heartache and heartbreak for her," says Kari, "but I will take away something good from this, I will."
The wedding deposits also included a nonrefundable honeymoon to Belize, which Kari and Quinn left for on Sunday.