Bride Breaks Engagement, Then Gives Away Wedding Venue

Another couple took over and married Oct. 20
By Josh Gardner,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 22, 2018 6:00 PM CDT

(Newser) – A Texas bride-to-be whose broken engagement left her with a non-refundable wedding venue decided to give the space away for free to another couple. Kolbie Sanders, 24, told Good Morning America she cancelled her wedding slated for Oct. 20. With just days to go before what was supposed to be the big day, Sanders took to Facebook to announce her $3,500 venue and decorations giveaway. "I have 24 hours to find the couple and they would need to be ready to get married on the date that my venue is booked for which is this Saturday," Sanders wrote on Oct. 14.

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Sanders encouraged readers to share the post far and wide in order to get as many responses as possible as she raced against time. She told Today that she put the names of all the people who reached out to her into a hat and pulled out that of 22-year-old Halie Hipsher. In a story loaded with touching details, Hipsher manages to add a few more. While she and her new husband had originally planned on a 2019 wedding, Hipsher said her grandfather is battling stage 4 pancreatic cancer and the sudden offer of a place to have their nuptials sooner ensured he got to be there. Even more amazing: local businesses offered to cater the wedding for free and give Hipsher a makeover. (He left his bride before the first dance. She told him to go.)

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