NEW YORK (CBSNewYork)– Imagine taking the time and spending the money to plan a wedding, only to end up canceling the ceremony before the special day.

Well, that’s what one New York woman did. But instead of letting it get her down, she turned her reception into a party with strangers, CBS2’s Cindy Hsu reported.

Dozens of families filled the Harold Pratt House on Park Avenue on the Upper East Side Saturday for a special luncheon hosted by Yiru Sun.

“It looks really nice and it’s actually fun to be here,” 9-year-old Imani said.

“I feel special,” 6-year-old Michaela said.

But for Sun, Saturday was supposed to be her special day. She was supposed to get married.

The Princeton graduate cancelled the wedding two months ago after a disagreement over the prenup. So instead of getting her money back for the venue and catering, she decided to use it all for good.

“I all of a sudden thought about maybe I could just convert it to a lunch party for kids,” Sun said.

With help from the Salvation Army and Inwood House, Sun organized a pre-Mother’s Day lunch for people who many not have ever experienced a fancy reception.

“Although I cannot be the princess of my wedding day, all these kids they can have the princess or prince feeling today and I felt very happy about that,” Sun said.

She said the luncheon was a way to ease the pain of cancelling what would have been her big day. Her guests applauded her.

“I thought it was an incredibly selfless act. Just to turn around and do something that helps other is an amazing show of character,” William Natal said.

Sun said while she was initially upset about cancelling, now she couldn’t be happier.

“My guests feel even more happier than wedding guests. They don’t need to prepare wedding gifts,” Sun joked.