The would-be bride and her family donated the wedding party this weekend to Mary's Place, a homeless shelter for women and children.

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The bride who donated her wedding reception to charity after being left standing at the altar didn’t see it coming.

Dana Olsen, who wrote about her unfortunate experience on xoJane.com, said she and her family had already paid in full for the reception — a night to remember at chic Sodo Park — when she got dumped (her word) by the groom-to-be.

“We were happy. At least, I was happy, and we looked happy on the outside. That’s all I can know,” she wrote. “We had our moments of tension. I also believed we had a beautiful, loving relationship that we were going to honor with marriage and bless with children.”

But that future all came crashing down when the unnamed groom got cold feet and bailed on the 250-person wedding.

“So what’s a girl to do?” she wrote. “Well, you’ve still gotta throw a party.”

She and her parents decided to give it all away, donating the food-filled night (worth “tens of thousands of nonrefundable dollars”) to Mary’s Place, a homeless shelter for women and children. And they “had a blast.”

Zaire Griffin, 8, and brother Damon Baker II, right, show off their gymnastics abilities as they dance during a special, donated event for Mary’s Place families at Sodo Park on Saturday. (Lindsey Wasson / The Seattle Times)
Zaire Griffin, 8, and brother Damon Baker II, right, show off their gymnastics abilities as they dance during a special, donated event for Mary’s Place families at Sodo Park on Saturday. (Lindsey Wasson / The Seattle Times)

Olsen wrote that her mom attended the would-be wedding she spent months planning, but the abandoned bride and self-described “wimp” did not.

“…I did the only thing I could think to do on that sad Saturday night: Xanax and chill.”

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