Groom Leaves Bride at the Altar, Then Leaves Her With the $35,000 Bill
Lifestyle| | By David Clarke
It’s bad enough to be ditched at the altar, but what if you still had to pay for the wedding? That was the case for 27-year-old Quinn Duane, who was a week out from her wedding when her fiance left her … and left her a $35,000 bill.
But instead of freaking out and getting mad, Duane decided to do something truly amazing and selfless for the homeless community in Sacramento.
The bill for the extravagant hotel and catering for the wedding was non-refundable, and the family didn’t exactly feel like celebrating. Instead, Duane called a local homeless shelter, called Next Move, that helps out homeless women and families. While her big day was ruined, she decided to make the day amazing for dozens of struggling individuals. She decided to throw a “fall dinner” of sorts for homeless people from the shelter.
It was her family that first proposed the idea to her. She was obviously in a pretty bad emotional state, and her family wanted to take something good away from this horrible experience. When they brought the idea to her attention, she was all for it.
In total, 90 homeless people from Next Move attended the dinner and reception. This included both families and single individuals. The lavish dinner included steak, salmon, vegetables and more. Everyone at the dinner felt it was a giant blessing from the family and were all very grateful for it.
However, Duane herself wasn’t at the dinner, so the guests couldn’t thank her themselves. Instead, Duane and her mother took the non-refundable honeymoon trip to Belize. While it could have been a trip full of pain and heartache, Duane and her mother actually had an amazing time. While it was likely a little bit bittersweet, it beats not going on the trip at all and wasting the money.
Soon after the event took place, it started to go viral and receive a ton of media attention. People everywhere were praising Duane for what she decided to do in this tough situation. However, she simply believes that it was a great way to turn a bad situation into a good one for so many struggling individuals.
She feels it is very important to pay it forward and put a positive energy out into the world. Just because something negative happens to you, doesn’t mean that you have to spew negativity towards others. This is good advice for any situation.
As for the man that left her at the altar, he has had little to say. Two days after the event, he was asked about it and declined to answer the question about why he got cold feet. However, he did say that he is glad that the focus of the story is on the generosity of the Duane family.
Duane has shared these same feelings and doesn’t want to dive into why the wedding didn’t happen. Instead, she is very glad that the focus has remained on the charitable way her family turned a bad thing into a good thing.