Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Wish Upon A Wedding

Welcome to Wish Upon a WeddingAs a nationwide 501(c) (3) organization, we celebrate the courage, determination and spirit of couples in love during their most challenging times. Officially launched in January of 2010, Wish Upon a Wedding will have 30 chapters spanning across the United States by the end of 2012. Read about some of the recent Wishes we have granted by clicking on the photos to the left.


Based on the concept that two people in love should never be denied the chance to marry their soul mate, Wish Upon a Wedding has helped dozens of couples say “I DO” since its launch in January 2010. Our organization provides this opportunity to those who have endured far greater challenges than many of us could possibly imagine.

The idea to start a nonprofit wish granting organization came to me while I was producing a large scale wedding giveaway in San Francisco in 2009. Over 350 participants entered to win a contest where there could only be one winner. With so many couples in need, I found myself wishing there was a way to donate a dream wedding to more than just one deserving pair.

One amazing bride-to-be who entered, in particular, stood out in my mind. Vanessa Muza Teskey was battling Stage IV Hodgkin’s Lymphoma while her fiance (an officer in the US Air Force) was deployed overseas. This couple ended up winning the Giveaway (through public voting) and their Love Story inspired the creation of Wish Upon a Wedding.

Raised by parents that spent their time improving their community through volunteer work, I learned early on the importance of community service. As a wedding planner with a background in nonprofit work, Wish Upon a Wedding now allows me to help people celebrate love, while encouraging those in my community to give selflessly to others.

It’s a magical organization ~ One I hope you will join as we continue to make these special Wishes come true…
Liz Guthrie, Founder & Executive Director, Wish Upon a Wedding

How you can helpVisit our Chapter Locations Page and APPLY to the chapter nearest you. Wish Upon a Wedding relies on the generosity of professionals from the Wedding and Hospitality industries to provide goods and services for our Wish Recipients. By calling on our database of regional Wish Granters, we are able to make wedding dreams come true. From caterers to photographers, and from DJs to cake designers, {and everything in between}, we need you!
The Process
Step One: Fill out an online Wish Granter Application.
Step Two: You may be contacted by WUW to help fulfill a Wish.
Step Three: If you accept the offer to grant the Wish, you will receive a Wish Granter Information Packet, which includes a contract you’ll need to sign and return to WUW. Additionally, a contract between your business and the Wish Recipients must be arranged, signed and turned in to the volunteer coordinator, prior to performing services.

The Wedding: Your responsibilities will be to the event coordinator and to the couple on the day of the event.
After the Wedding: Upon completion of the Wish, be sure to complete your post-event survey, which helps WUW provide you with an accurate TAX RECEIPT for your records.
You will then be sent an official “Wish Granter” badge to display on your blog or website.

NOTE to VIDEOGRAPHERS & PHOTOGRAPHERS: Turnaround time for videography & photography Wish Granters is 1 week. This will allow the family/couple to enjoy their video and photographs immediately.
VIDEOGRAPHERS: Submit your Wish Upon a Wedding VIDEO to our YOU TUBE channel by contacting videos@wishuponawedding.org

To sign up today as a Volunteer, please fill out our online application.Auction Team: If you enjoy developing strong community relations, fund raising, and seeking donations, we need you. Our once yearly online auction “Bid Your Wish for Wedded Bliss” is one of WUW’s biggest fund raisers. To effectively run and promote this project, we are seeking people who are: organized, detail-oriented, and have experience with fundraising and data entry.
Event Marketing Team: Individuals needed to post frequent information online in a variety of locations such as: Craigslist, Free Event Calendars, and blogs. The main component of this volunteer position would be to stay up to date with all current WUW events, and post links and details for these events to encourage attendance.

Each Chapter needs several Committee Members to help with events, marketing and operations. If you would like to donate your time in this way, please get in touch with us today! Simply email CarolinasPresident@wishuponawedding.org

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