Planning a wedding can be stressful! What colors should I choose, what about centerpieces, can we afford all this? Well, at least most of us don’t need to worry about living to see our wedding day!
Wish Upon a Wedding (WUW) is the world’s first nonprofit organization, dedicated to providing weddings for individuals facing a life-threatening illness, regardless of sexual orientation. WUW also celebrates the courage, determination and spirit of these couples by granting their dream wedding wishes. According to Liz Guthrie, WUW Founder, “Our hope is that chosen recipients can inspire other couples facing similar situations to find hope and strength.”
There are currently 16 chapters around the United States available to grant wishes. Each chapter maintains a database of “Wish Granters,” based on 20 different wedding vendor categories. When a Wish is received in that area, the Volunteer Coordinators will call upon their Wish Granters to donate their professional goods and services, enabling us to provide the Wish Recipient’s dream weddings. The organization will provide everything from the gown to the cake, the flowers to the venue, and the music to the décor. The couple does not have to do anything but enjoy the special day surrounded by those who matter most to them.
WUW believes that health issues shouldn’t get in the way of someone’s dream to marry their best friend. Organization Founder, Liz Guthrie, came up with the idea to grant weddings to terminally ill individuals, while she was producing a nationwide wedding giveaway contest. The San Francisco Dream Wedding Giveaway was a community project, where over 40 bay area wedding and hospitality vendors came together to donate a high-end wedding to a deserving couple. Guthrie felt it was sad that only ONE couple would benefit from the generosity of so many businesses in the wedding industry. She said getting these vendors to donate was really easy, once they knew it was for a good cause.
Along with the eagerness of the wedding industry to give back, Guthrie noticed several couples entering the contest had been affected by terminal illness. By starting a nonprofit organization with the wedding industry in mind, she was able to merge these two concepts. The wedding industry wanted to give back, and there were people in need of our help. Wish Upon a Wedding was born.
The guidelines for receiving a wish are simple. Applicants must be at least 18 years, legal US Citizens, unmarried, and at least one individual has been diagnosed with less than three years to live. To receive an application, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 877-305-9474.
So, how can you help?
- If you are in the wedding industry, please visit the Chapter Locations page and fill out a short online form to become a Wish Granter.
- Cash donations are also needed to cover the cost of bringing in family members for the event, as well as paying for their hotel accommodations. Sometimes additional funds are needed to cover a portion of a wish.
- You can attend an event hosted by one of the chapters. These include launch parties and fundraisers. For a list of upcoming events visit the website.
- If you are about to get married, Wish Upon a Wedding accepts donations in lieu of gifts or favors. See their website for details.
- WUW also accepts donations of new and unused products, Airline Miles, & Hotel Room Nights. For a complete list of how you can help please visit the HOW TO HELP section of the website.
- You can also spread the word about the Wish Upon a Wedding organization to your friends via Facebook and Twitter!
- Or, you could even start a new chapter of Wish Upon a Wedding near you! See their website for more details!