Jilted Bride Donates Her Wedding To The Homeless
Bride-to-be Dana Olsen’s life came to a shocking halt when her fiance called off their wedding six weeks before they were scheduled to tie the knot.
“I’ve been driving myself crazy trying to figure out what happened. But I’ve come to realize that I will never know why a person I loved — and who loved me back — doesn’t want to marry me. All I know is that he doesn’t.”
“What’s a girl to do?” she wrote. “Well, you’ve still gotta throw a party.”
After speaking with the venue’s owners, she was unable to get any of her reception deposits back. Tens of thousands of non-refundable dollars were going to go to waste, had not she thought of something ingenious.
She teamed up with Mary’s Place, a Seattle homeless shelter for women and children, and continued to put on a lovely evening filled with plenty of food and live music.
Olsen’s generosity inspired others to provide something for the event. A group of hairstylists and makeup artists had their services open to ensure that each partygoer looked and felt like a million bucks!
“Turning the would-be wedding into an event for women in transition has made me feel a little less desolate. It’s helped distract me from the fact that I’m a jilted bride, that a broken engagement will always be part of my life story.”