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Family of jilted bride donates wedding feast to homeless
According to the Los Angeles Times, when a groom-to-be called a wedding off, the would-be bride and her family had a nonrefundable gourmet dinner and invited the homeless for a feast. - photo by Payton Davis
For a bride-to-be's family, Saturday's happenings didn't feature vows, toasts or the newlywed couple parading out of the ceremony's entrance.

Instead, it included a chance to "give back" and help Sacramento, California's, homeless community after the groom-to-be called the wedding off days before, according to the Associated Press.

AP reported the groom got cold feet last Monday, with the wedding slated for Saturday. The bride's mother, Kari Duane, told AP the family was left with a $35,000, nonrefundable reception at Citizen Hotel.

Quinn Duane's parents felt bad for her tough circumstances, Kari Duane told Tom Miller of KCRA, but they decided to use the pricey event to help another group going through difficult times: The Duanes provided a feast for the needy with the money spent on the wedding.

"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," Kari Duane told Miller.

Char Adams reported for People Magazine the guests, from a local homeless shelter, feasted on salad, beef and salmon offerings.

And after a delectable meal, guests were full of sympathy for Quinn Duane and gratitude for her family.

"To lose out on something so important to yourself and then give it to someone else is really giving, really kind," attendee Erika Craycraft told Miller.

Miller reported the bride-to-be chose to stay home with friends after the jilting, still feeling pain. Kari Duane acknowledged the heartbreak her daughter felt but cited a need to "take away something good from this" in helping the needy.

Adams reported the wedding bill also included a nonrefundable trip to Belize, which Quinn Duane was set to take with her mother instead.
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