Chicago couple canceled their big wedding but used the $5,000 catering deposit to feed people in need

Mia Couture, Reporter

Many upcoming weddings have had to be majorly scaled back because of the coronavirus pandemic; they need shorter guest lists, smaller receptions, and even cancel their venues.

Emily Bugg and Billy Lewis were one of the soon to be weds that had to scale back their original wedding plans, but they had an idea to turn it into something good – by giving to people in need.

These two had been planning a very large wedding reception for all of their family and friends, but with the pandemic continuing to get worse, it sort of put a kink in their plan, and they both had realized that their big day would not happen as they planned. They got married in a small city hall ceremony.

The couple had no venue, no reception and no guest, but a $5000 catering deposit they had put down when they were making their big wedding plans. So, they had asked their caterer if it would be possible to turn the wedding food into Thanksgiving food that they could donate to people in need.

This couple helped serve food to over 200 meals to people with mental illnesses and substance use issues.

“In the grand scheme of things, canceling a big wedding isn’t the worst thing that could happen,” said Bugg in a statement. “We’re happy to be married, and we’re so happy that we could help Thresholds’ clients feel the connection of a Thanksgiving meal as a result of the wedding cancellation.”