Couple Cancels Wedding Due To COVID Then Uses Catering Deposit To Feed People On Thanksgiving

For couples planning weddings in 2020, COVID-19 has thrown a whole big, depressing wrench in their plans. Many couples have had to either cancel their weddings or alter their plans, with no wedding happening this year looking like previous years.

Emily Bugg and Billy Lewis are two people whose wedding was affected by COVID-19. Instead of ruminating on what could have been, the couple took a disappointing situation and used it to bring joy to others.

Instead of hosting a wedding ceremony and reception, the two married Oct. 1 at Chicago’s City Hall.

Knowing they couldn’t host a reception, they connected with the caterer, Big Delicious Planet, to pivot and use the catering deposit to provide meals to Thresholds clients. Bugg is an outreach worker at Thresholds, which provides services and resources for persons with serious mental illnesses and substance use disorders in Illinois.

“In the grand scheme of things, canceling a big wedding isn’t the worst thing that could happen,” Bugg told Good Morning America. “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.”

Thresholds posted about the generous gift on their Instagram account.

“When Thresholds staff member Emily Bugg and her fiancé Billy decided to forgo their big wedding for an intimate City Hall ceremony, she turned a magical day for them into a wonderful surprise for many. Using their non-refundable catering deposit, Emily (and @bigdeliciousplanet) made #Thanksgiving⁠⁠ dreams come true with meals for 200 Thresholds clients! Read the full story in the Washington Post (link in bio). Thank you Emily and Billy for your incredible generosity!”

Thanksgiving dinner is just one of the ways this couple is using their canceled wedding to give back. The venue they booked – Salvage One – will put their deposit toward a future event for the Epilepsy Foundation.


Written by Lindsay Patton