Association of Bridal Consultants Named National Trade Association Partner for Wish Upon a Wedding
San Francisco, CA, April 29, 2010
The Association of Bridal Consultants (ABC) the oldest and largest training organization for wedding professionals in the world, announced today that it is the official trade association partner for Wish Upon a Wedding, the world’s first wedding wish granting organization.
Launched in January of 2010, Wish Upon a Wedding is a 501 c 3 nonprofit organization that provides weddings across the United States for individuals facing terminal illness. The Association of Bridal Consultants will work closely with Wish Upon a Wedding to help give the gift of a dream wedding to couples—often requiring vendors to be available to provide services within 72 hours of receiving a Wish application.
By relying on the generosity of wedding and hospitality vendors, known as Wish Granters, Wish Upon a Wedding is able to provide all the goods and services needed to produce these memorable occasions.
“As the world’s largest association of wedding professionals, ABC is proud to launch this partnership with Wish Upon a Wedding,” said David M. Wood, president of the Association of Bridal Consultants.”In a world with some questionable non-profits, Wish Upon a Wedding is a breath of fresh air created solely to provide special wedding wishes to deserving couples. ABC is honored to work closely with WUW, and to reach out to our talented ABC wedding coordinators and suppliers so engaged couples facing a terminal illness can still have their wedding dreams come true.”
With 15 chapters throughout the nation, lead by National President and ABC Master Bridal Consultant Sasha Souza, Wish Upon a Wedding is growing rapidly. The organization plans to follow in the footsteps of the Association of Bridal Consultants, raising the level of professionalism in the industry, by asking only true professionals to donate their goods and services to the couples in need.
Unmarried couples who are over the age of 18, legal U.S. citizens, and where at least one individual has been diagnosed with having less than three years to live are eligible to apply for weddings. Applications are available on the website.
“When our Wish Granters volunteer to help make these wedding wishes come true, they experience a new highlight in their careers,” said ABC member Liz Guthrie, founder of Wish Upon a Wedding. “Working together to create a profound event for the couple, the vendors form a unique bond and become fast friends, not only with the other Wish Granters, but with the couple receiving the wish and their families. Many Wish Granters describe the experience as life-changing.”
Wish Upon a Wedding encourages members of the Association of Bridal Consultants to sign up to become Wish Granters, and to check out the website for other ways they can become involved. Please visit http://www.wishuponawedding.org and click on How to Help. If interested in learning more about how to help and to make a contribution to Wish Upon a Wedding, visit http://wishuponawedding.org/how-to-help/make-a-contribution/.
About Wish Upon a Wedding
Wish Upon a Wedding is dedicated to granting weddings at destinations across the United States to couples who are facing terminal illness. The foundation was created to celebrate the courage, determination and spirit of these couples by granting their dream wedding wishes. The hope is that chosen recipients can inspire other couples facing similar situations to find hope and strength. Wish Upon a Wedding is organized exclusively for charitable purposes, including for such purposes, the making of distributions to organizations that qualify as exempt organizations under Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or corresponding section of any future federal tax code.
About the Association of Bridal Consultants The Association of Bridal Consultants is the oldest and largest trade association serving wedding professionals worldwide. Headquartered in Connecticut, the ABC has grown steadily since its inception in 1955 and currently has over 4,000 members located in all 50 states and in 27 countries (www.BridalAssn.com). The organization manages over 20,000 high-end weddings every year and all members are required to take continuing education and adhere to the ABC’s Code of Ethics and Professional Standards of Membership.