When Dana Olsen was left just six weeks before her planned wedding without a groom, the jilted bride thought of others, not herself.

Image source: Getty Images
Image source: Getty Images

Speaking with KING5News, Dana was planning her wedding in Seattle, Washington, when her fiance got cold feet and backed out of the big day.

“Pretty much immediately I thought about the fact that my family had paid for almost the entire wedding, and I knew we wouldn’t be able to get most of it back,” Olsen said to the news station.  “So after the shock of what had happened wore off, I started to think about what to do. I just couldn’t stand the thought of it being wasted.”

So out of a sad situation Dana decided to turn her predicament into an act of kindness for others.

Dana and her mother, immediately changed their focus and contacted the Mary’s Place Shelter in Seattle.  Their idea was to plan a one-of-a-kind event for the women and children who reside there.

Ditching the wedding and reception that was originally planned, the new event will host 150 women and children, giving them all a fully catered meal, live music, professional hair and makeup application and lots of dancing.

“I love that hopefully a lot of people will have a really fun night,” said Olsen. “I just want it to be really fun.  I mean, if we can’t have a good night, I hope that they have a great time.”


Image source: Getty Images

  • This story makes my heart feel warm, very inspiring!


  • This will be such a healing thing for Dana to do. Rather than feeling sorry for herself, she will look back on what should have been her wedding day with beautiful memories of many happy faces. I hope her goodwill will come back to her in spades.

    • These are my thoughts too. A beautiful, selfless act.


  • This is beautiful. Alot of people would fight tooth and nail to get every last cent back so to see this kind of generosity is just beautiful..


  • Dana, what a lovely lass – hope you are healing x


  • Oh my goodness what wonderful people. Bless you Dana


  • Oh bless her! What an amazing lady!! Hope the women and kids invited have a fabulous time!


  • That is a ‘Parent Proud Moment’ for sure. What a wonderful human being and to help others less fortunate. I wish her well in life.

    • Most certainly a proud parent moment – an absolute class act!

      • yeah she has a beautiful soul, there is no doubt


  • That is an awesome gesture of kindness… what a wonderful woman. In a sad situation for her to do something so beautiful for others is praiseworthy.


  • That was so sweet and kind of her! After such a terrible experience, she was able to think about others and turn the cards in a very positive and rewarding way! :-)


  • What an incredible woman! Her heart is big and the runaway groom has missed out!


  • That’s an absolutely wonderful approach, and I hope it helps her too.

    • yeah that is really great that she has tried to be somewhat positive about the situation. it would be tough for her though


  • Lke it


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