Spread the Word Please!

Bloggers Needed!
Please Help Wish Upon a Wedding Make Wishes Come True!

Do you think you could share some important information with your readers or acquaintances during our Blog Awareness Campaign from now until July 23rd? It would mean SO much to us!

Bid Your Wish for Wedded Bliss online auctions are a great chance for businesses to showcase their business while doing something good for someone special!
Blissful Wishes Ball , our first ever cross country Galas, will take place during November at 12 locations across the country (tickets will go on sale on August 15th at www.wishuponawedding.eventbrite.com ).
The purpose of both events is to raise crucial funding for Wish Upon a Wedding.  While it’s true vendors from the wedding and hospitality industry help us  grant wishes by donating their products and services to couples facing terminal illness, there are many other costs associated with being a brand new, grass-roots nonprofit organization.
Imagine how much MORE we could do for these wonderful couples if we just had the funds to:
  • Reunite families by flying up to four people to and from the weddings we provide!
  • Put those friends or family up in a nice hotel for a few nights, further enhancing the experience.
  • Allow them to enjoy a nice meal the day before the wedding, or perhaps a day after brunch?
Some of the more challenging things we have to secure for these celebrations are HARD GOODS and LABOR.  While we have florists willing to design beautiful centerpieces and bouquets, the cost of flowers can be astronomical.  And while many talented caterers have offered to prepare wonderful meals for our wish recipients, things like FOOD, BEVERAGES, and LABOR are costs many small businesses cannot afford to donate (in full). With YOUR help, we will be able to provide a stipend for the wedding services that have hard costs involved in the weddings.

So, please let your readers know we are in need of their donations for our upcoming auctions and events.  You can use any of the images or information  in this email.

Feel free to cut & paste.

Sample Text for your Blog:
Couples planning to be married can bid for wedding-related auction items online starting in October or at a Blissful Wishes Balls Nationwide in November, with all proceeds benefiting  Wish Upon a Wedding .This new organization is the world’s first nonprofit that provides weddings for individuals facing life-threatening illness.

Wish Upon a Wedding is currently seeking donated products or services in 46 cities, ranging from wedding gowns to tuxedos, invitations to cakes, and limousine services to honeymoons. It only takes a moment to register and make a difference in someone’s life at  https://www.biddingforgood.com/auction/AuctionHome.action?auctionId=115386483
Be sure to add your item to the correct category (city), and don’t forget to include your company logo and URL.  What a great advertising opportunity~ and you’ll be making a positive difference in someone’s life who truly deserves it!

Also seeking NATIONAL/CORPORATE Sponsors for our Cross Country Galas!
Email cwo@wishuponawedding.org for details!

Wish Upon a Wedding ™, Blissful Wishes Ball ™, and Bid Your Wish for Wedded Bliss ™ are registered trademarks of Wish Upon a Wedding ™.
Most donated items are tax-deductible, however we recommend that you speak to an accountant for clarification. Wish Upon a Wedding is operating as a nonprofit organization, incorporated in CA. We are recognized as a 501 c 3 organization, as the IRS received our 1023 application in February of 2010, and it is currently being reviewed.

Andy Ebon named new National Director of Social Media

Andy Ebon

Andy Ebon

Wish Upon a Wedding is happy to announce that Andy Ebon, the nation’s leading expert in social media and marketing for the wedding industry, has accepted a volunteer position with our rapidly expanding nonprofit organization.  As National Director of Social Media, Andy will help Wish Upon a Wedding focus on creating a magnificent blog. He also plans to create and maintain other social media outlets such as our soon-to-be-created-Wikipedia pages.

Andy Ebon is the owner of Wedding University, providing Marketing Education for Wedding Professionals. He travels heavily for speaking engagements and consulting to wedding industry associations and companies. He publishes The Wedding Marketing Blog, has written an eBook on disc – 99 Wedding Marketing Tips & 10 Things You Should Never Do, as well as authored chapters on Blogging and Social Media Strategy in the first two volumes of The Power of the Platform book anthologies.

In 2007, Andy was presented with the first Think Tank Flame of Inspiration Award for Igniting the Entrepreneurial Spirit in all of us.

Andy continues as an in-demand public speaker at conferences and local meetings such as: NACE, The Special Event, ACPWC, catersource, Catering Symposium (Catering Magazine), CSA Las Vegas (Convention Services Association), San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, AFWPI, Convention Services Association of Las Vegas, WPIC (Wedding Planners Institute of Canada) Professional Wedding Planners Conference and others.

Now in its second decade, Andy and EBS Virtual Communications have refocused squarely on wedding marketing and small business consultation, with the launch of The Wedding Marketing Network and its affiliated companies. With industry experience of 2000 weddings, and three decades of hospitality and wedding marketing, The Wedding Marketing Network is his most recent passion, along with Wish Upon a Wedding!

FAQs : Auction Donation Procedures & Details

INTRODUCING Bid Your Wish for Wedded Bliss!

What engaged couples wouldn’t feel GOOD knowing the money they are spending on their wedding is going directly to a good cause?  From the gown to the cake, and the photography to the invitations, couples now have the opportunity to shop for all the items and services needed to plan a beautiful wedding, directly from the comfort of home.  Some couples dream of hiring top of the line wedding vendors, but cannot afford it. Well, now may be their only chance to score a great deal, and have the wedding they’ve always imagined, while supporting a wonderful nonprofit organization.

Wish Upon a Wedding, the world’s first nonprofit wedding wish granting organization is proud to announce Bid Your Wish for Wedded Bliss, an online auction offering couples who are planning their weddings a new option in charitable giving.

Starting in September of 2010, couples will be able to go online to browse the items that will be available to them.  Then the bidding fun begins during the months of October and November, where ANYONE can bid on hundreds of items from the industry’s top professionals.

How do I donate an item?

Any wedding or hospitality professional, or other business owner, may submit an item or service to our auctions.  Simply click on this link https://www.biddingforgood.com/auction/AuctionHome.action?auctionId=115386483 and fill out the short contact form.  Once you are registered, you’ll be asked for the details of your donation.  Be sure to upload your company’s logo, include your website url, a description of your business, a description & value of the item you are donating (along with any restrictions or blackout information). It’s a great advertising opportunity that allows you to showcase your business to thousands of engaged couples who visit our site.

Couples can bid on custom escort cards and stationery

How will I know if my donation has been accepted?

Once our Auction Team reviews the donation item, you’ll be contacted by email.  A WUW representative will let you know that the item was accepted or denied. The donation may be featured only ONLINE, or it may appear BOTH online AND at our GALA, the Blissful Wishes Ball. {During September, the chapter’s fundraising chair will select which donation items will also be showcased at the Galas, and will inform you by email if selected.}

Then what do I do?

If your donation is accepted, you’ll need to fill out, print, and mail a gift certificate to the City Auction Team Leader of the city you donated in.  The City Team Auction Leader will be responsible for getting the gift certificate to the winning bidder at the close of the auction.  If it is an item too large to be mailed, you’ll still need to complete the gift certificate, and make arrangements with the City Auction Team Leader for delivery or pickup.  The City Auction Team Leader will still be responsible for getting the gift certificate and the donation item(s) to the winning bidder at the close of auction.

Highest bidder can win wedding gown or tuxedo from our donors

How will my donation be featured?

Once approved by our Auction Team, your donation will appear beginning September 1, 2010 on our auction website.  Whether the item is to be used only in the online Bid Your Wish for Wedded Bliss OR at an actual GALA event, the donation will appear online for the PUBLIC to preview during the month of September. The donation will remain on view during October and November.

Should the donation be selected to be showcased at one of our GALAs, it will be featured online and at the live event.  When a guest previews a GALA item online, they will NOT be able to bid for it. They will only be able to see it and read about your company.

Sample Auction Categories

Wedding Planner

Wedding and Reception Venue


Rental Company



Cake Designer

Gown Shop

Tuxedo Shop

Limo Company



Makeup Artist

Stationery Designer/Printer






Miscellaneous Items or Services

A dozen cities to host galas in November

Cities hosting a Blissful Wishes Ball in November 2010

San Francisco

Los Angeles


Washington D.C.


The Carolinas



St. Louis



Additional Locations may be announced soon!

Auctions taking place in the following 46 locations
San Diego
Santa Barbara
Los Angeles/Orange County
San Francisco







New York






Miami/South FL




New Orleans

Dallas/Ft. Worth
San Antonio





Colorado Springs




St. Louis
Kansas City


Las Vegas


Lucky winning bidders can have gorgeous flowers like this!

If you are a business owner or a wedding or event professional in any of the cities listed above, please consider donating to our auctions.

Wish Upon a Wedding is recognized as a 501 c 3 organization, incorporated in the state of CA. Though most donations are tax-deductible, we suggest you contact an accountant for clarification. The IRS received our 1023 application, which is currently being reviewed.

Now accepting wedding donations!

Blissful Wishes Ball: A Celebration Gala Benefiting Wish Upon a  Wedding
Nonprofit Announces First Annual Cross Country Galas and Online Auctions

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, JUNE 30, 2010 – Wish Upon a Wedding, the world’s first wedding wish granting organization that produces weddings for individuals facing  terminal illness, announces today that November has been named the organization’s official Month of Giving. Several fund raising events—dubbed The Blissful Wishes Ball–are open to the public, and will take place in local cities across the country throughout the month of November. Event proceeds will help cover costs associated with granting wedding wishes.
In conjunction with these Galas, couples planning to be married will be able to bid for wedding-related auction items online or at any of the live events, all at incredible prices, during October and November. Wedding and event professionals representing more than 20 auction categories are donating the items, which cover many of the details and services needed to plan the perfect wedding. Items will be donated and available to engaged couples in 46 cities, and range from wedding gowns to tuxedos, invitations to cakes, and limousine services to honeymoons.

A dozen chapters of Wish Upon a Wedding are currently busy preparing for the nonprofit’s nation-wide celebrations, for which tickets will be available beginning August 15, 2010.  The online auctions will run during the months of October and November at https://www.biddingforgood.com/auction/AuctionHome.action?auctionId=115386483

“We are excited to offer couples a way to bid on wishes for their own weddings, while donating to Wish Upon a Wedding.” said Sasha Souza, the organization’s national president.  Souza added, “The Galas that are taking place in November will be a chance for the local communities to learn more about Wish Upon a Wedding, while enjoying great food, entertainment, and exciting auction items from local vendors & suppliers.”

Launched in January 2010, Wish Upon a Wedding is experiencing tremendous growth, with more than 16 chapters nationwide. Those hosting a Blissful Wishes Ball include: Northern California, Southern California, Chicago, Washington D.C., Houston, The Carolinas, Colorado, Portland, St. Louis, Atlanta, and Orlando.  Additional events may be announced in the future.
Wish Upon a Wedding is looking for premier auction items related to the wedding and event industry, and services required for complete wedding packages. If interested in donating, and receiving great exposure for YOUR business, please visit the website https://www.biddingforgood.com/auction/AuctionHome.action?auctionId=115386483 and click on Donate an Item.  Be sure to add your item to the correct category (city), and don’t forget to include your company logo and URL.

If interested in learning more about how to help, or to apply to be a City Team Auction Leader, please visit http://wishuponawedding.org/how-to-help/ or email Founder Liz Guthrie at cwo@wishuponawedding.org .
About Wish Upon a Wedding

Wish Upon a Wedding is dedicated to granting weddings to couples who are facing terminal illness, regardless of sexual orientation.  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.

Who Can Apply for a Wish?

Unmarried couples residing in or wishing to get married within 300 miles of these cities, 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 by emailing president@wishuponawedding.org.

Liz Guthrie, Founder


St. Louis hosts an Amazing Caribbean Chic Launch Party!

The Fabulous Wish Upon a Wedding St. Louis Launch!

The Wish Upon a Wedding St. Louis Chapter officially kicked off on Wednesday, June 16, 2010 with a Caribbean Chic-themed launch party at Lumen Private Event Space in downtown St. Louis! A room full of about 160 supporters, wish granters, volunteers, committee members and board members helped kick the chapter off right and we couldn’t be more appreciative!

Everyone in the St. Louis wedding industry has already shown a tremendous amount of support for Wish Upon a Wedding, and the launch party was another testament to how supportive we can be! We had over 30 local vendors donate goods, services, time and space to the launch party, which means we didn’t go without a thing!

Our chapter president, Lacy Branch, shared a heartwarming speech explaining why Wish Upon a Wedding is so important to our community and the couple’s we seek to help! Lacy topped off her presentation with an inspirational video of the first Chicago chapter wish granted for Beth and Nick, video provided by I Do Films!

And of course our wonderful board members were all on hand to help spread the word! We’re all looking forward to getting the ball rolling for our first wish, which we hope comes very soon! We’re also continuing to seek out Wish Granters for our entire 300 mile radius!

Special thanks go out to all of our launch party sponsors who helped make the night possible with their giving spirits and who are all truly amazing! We couldn’t have done it without you!

Pictures are courtesy of Kelly Park Photography.


Lumen Private Event Space


Catering Your Way By Lisa

Chocolate, Chocolate, Chocolate Co.

El Borracho

EnFab Catering

Four Seasons St. Louis

Gooey Louie

Lumen Private Event Space

Mike Shannon’s Steaks & Seafood

Mosaic Modern/Fusion Restaurants

Orlando’s Catering & Special Event Design

Patty Long Catering

The Cakery


Anheuser-Busch InBev


Red Bird Sports Café & Billiards

Nadoz Café – Steven Becker Fine Dining


Kelly Park Photography

Goodeye Photoshare


Gebbs Wedding Films


Millennium Productions

Cynthia Faye


Parties & Props, Ltd.

RW Designs Events & Wedding Specialists

Sitting Pretty

St. Louis Audio/Visual

Tami Scott Salon, Cosmetics & Lounge

Tina Barerra, The Special Events Florist


Paper Frosting

Erwin and Ed – A Love Story

When we were contacted by Ed, he told us he wanted to do something special for his fiance Erwin, who had been battling lung cancer since 2008. At the time, Erwin went through a lot of medical treatments, and spent many days at the hospital and in and out of doctor’s offices.

Although he was very tired and did not have much energy, Erwin still went to work when he can.

Here is their Love Story:

Ed and Erwin met in New York City in the Spring of 2000. Ed was working in NYC for the summer, when he and Erwin met. They dated all summer long. Soon they knew that they were meant to be together…forever. When Ed had a job opportunity in Virginia, he asked Erwin to move with him. On the first anniversary of their meeting, Ed surprised Erwin with a Limo ride to party where Erwin’s friends were all hiding and asked Erwin to marry him. Life being what it is, they never wound up having a ceremony.

In March of 2004, Ed and Erwin adopted a special needs child from Guatemala. In July of 2007, they adopted another boy from Guatemala. Leon is now age 7 and Ilo is age 4.

In 2008, Erwin noticed an unusual pain in his back. He saw a few doctors and they detected a mass in his right lung, but they were unable to diagnose specifically what the problem was. In March of 2009, Erwin was diagnosed with stage IIIB lung cancer and given 6-12 months to live. The cancer had metastasized to his brain and bones. He  had 6 round of chemotherapy, 14 rounds of whole brain radiation and was on an oral medication called Tarceva at the time their Wish was granted. His cancer had been responding well to the new treatment, but the future is uncertain as lung cancer at this stage is always terminal.

Ed and Erwin had been taking one day at a time, enjoying their children and trying to travel when Erwin’s health permits.

Wish Upon a Wedding were honored to offer this very special family their wish: To celebrate Ed and Erwin’s TENTH anniversary as a couple by allowing them the chance to at long last seal their relationship with marriage.

The couple married in August 2010 in Washington D.C.

Cross Country Galas coming your way this November

Wish Upon a Wedding to host cross-country Galas during the month of November.

You do not want to miss the opportunity to receive a personal invitation, so sign up today!

Thanks to our supporters, Wish Upon a Wedding has quickly become known as “The Wedding Industry’s Charity of Choice”.  As the official Partner of Association of Bridal Consultants, Wishpot, and Get Married Media, we are having an amazing year!  This November, we will be celebrating with Galas at ALL of our chapter locations- and we would like to invite you as our special guest!

To date, we have donated four heartfelt weddings in various cities. There are at least three more wedding wishes about to be granted in the upcoming months. All of our Wish Recipients have one thing in common: At least one person has been diagnosed with having less than three years to live on their wedding day.

These events are celebrations of life and love.  We give our Wish Recipients a break from the daunting task of fighting for their good health and worrying about medical bills.  We allow them a chance to be surrounded by those most important to them, while being pampered by the industry’s finest.  The generosity of our Wish Granters enables us to provide all the details of  a dream wedding where everything from flowers to food, gown to DJ, and photography to transportation is taken care of for them.

Over 2,000 hospitality professionals from all over the nation have committed to make a difference, by signing up to be Wish Granters at all of our 16 active chapters.  We have approximately 150 dedicated board members working hard to establish Wish Upon a Wedding, which officially launched six months ago. A team of 10 National Volunteers make a huge difference in our day to day operations, working on everything from marketing to community outreach.  With 4,500 Facebook fans, and 2,100 followers on Twitter, our goal is to spread the word so that we eventually grant hundreds of wishes each year, and that we NEVER turn away a qualified applicant.

Wish Upon a Wedding works because of thousands of  volunteers who are passionate about making a difference. The one reason we are all here is to make wishes come true.  We create memories that will be cherished for years to come. Wish Granters who have had the chance to donate their products or services to a Wedding Wish Recipient have told us, “The experience changed my life forever.”

Join us today to find out how you can not only change your life, but make a positive impact in the lives of others.

Please feel free to cut and paste this information to use in your Blogs, and help us Spread the Wedding Wish Love on Facebook and Twitter!

* Wish Upon a Wedding  is the world’s first… the nation’s largest…  and your area’s most prolific wedding wish granting organization. We continue to grow stronger every day. We invite you to join our family as we create and establish the foundation that is changing the history of the way people marry. *

Click here to see the couple that inspired the creation of Wish Upon a Wedding

Click here for a recent wedding wish granted by Wish Upon a Wedding

In Memory of Shelly Sundstrom-Ellison

all photos courtesy of KCB Photogrpahy

The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough. ~Rabindranath Tagore

When Wish Upon a Wedding was first contacted by a social worker at Providence Hospice of Seattle, we were told Shelly had less than three weeks to live.  Battling a rare form of cancer, Shelly was in hospice care, and had a desire to have one last special celebration of life surrounded by her friends and family.

Shelly passed away just over three weeks after she married her love, Jay, in a ceremony and reception provided by Wish Upon  a Wedding.  She had been battling a rare type of cancerous lymphoma, which had left her very weak and nearly unable to leave her own bed. Jay faced his own medical challenges with MS, as well.  But the couple really wanted to celebrate their love and make their commitment to one another public, surrounded by their loved ones. Wish Upon a Wedding made that happen for them, and granted Shelly’s last wish: To marry her long  time fiance, Jay.

Although our Seattle Board of Directors had just wrapped up their first board meeting, and had not yet officially hosted a Launch Party, we wanted to help make Shelly’s last wish come true.

Being the true professionals they are, the Seattle board sprung into action, and within 10 days of meeting Shelly, they had nearly all the details secured for this special wedding.

They reached out to our local database of Wish Granters, who were honored to donate their goods and services to Wish Upon a Wedding, so Shelly and Jay could celebrate in this most heartfelt and moving ceremony.

Shelly and Jay became husband and wife on Sunday May 2, 2010 at Sander’s Mansion on the outskirts of Seattle. Shelly passed away peacefully in the morning on May 25, 2010, with her husband by her side.

As the cancer had taken its toll on Shelly, the bride had difficulty walking or standing for long periods of time, which Wish Upon a Wedding easily accommodated.  Using a wheelchair to reach the aisle, having her parents help her walk down the aisle, and sitting for the majority of the ceremony in no way detracted from Shelly enjoying the beauty of this special day.

Shelly’s daughters, Leslie, Summer-Lynn, Dawn and Tiffany were able to attend and proudly watched their mother marry the love of her life, Jay.  After Shelly passed, her daughter Shelly-Lynn said, “For everything you did for her and Jay, I truly thank you. Your gifts could not have been bestowed on a more deserving woman. She passed peacefully, as Shelly Lynn Ellison. Thank you for making that possible. And I hope everyone else you touch finds the same happiness my mom did.”

Shelly’s parents traveled in from Canada to walk their daughter down the aisle.

Shelly and Jay posed for many photos with their family and friends throughout the day, such as the one below, where you can see the love these people shared.

Butterflies gave Shelly peace towards the end of her life, and they were incorporated subtly into many parts of her wedding day.  Even her gown had a subtle butterfly motif embroidered into the hem.

The couple was whisked away in this beautiful limo provided by one of our wonderful Wish Granters.

Thank you to all those who made Shelly’s wedding wish come true.  RIP Shelly Sundstrom-Ellison.


Wishpot partners up with Wish Upon a Wedding

Cool news!

As of today, June 1, 2010, Wish Upon a Wedding is proud to announce another amazing partnership, designed to help spread the word about our organization in the hopes of helping more couples in need.

Wishpot and Wish Upon a Wedding have teamed up in a mutually beneficial agreement,  that will potentially reach thousands of engaged couples across the nation.

Wishpot is a free online service that makes it easy to save all the products couples are shopping for in one place while enabling them to discover and share those fabulous finds with friends and family. It is today’s most popular online wedding registry site, due to its user-friendly setup and vast array of millions of products available from hundreds of stores.

How does Wishpot work?

Wishpot lets you add products from anywhere on the web with the easy to install Wishpot Button. You can share items and lists with friends and family and they can reserve items for purchase. Once an item on your list is reserved Wishpot re directs whoever is purchasing the item to the site the item was added from or the site with the most competitive price for the transaction.

How we plan to help each other

Wishpot and Wish Upon a Wedding plan to endorse one another in just a few of the following ways:

  • Place each others’ logos and links in prominent locations on our websites
  • Feature quarterly blog posts for each others’ sites
  • Email blasts, Facebook and Twitter promotions

Additionally, Wishpot will provide registries for our Wish Recipients, and will feature Wish Recipient couples on the Wishpot wedding homepage in a widget, to facillitate donations to Wish Upon A Wedding.

We are really excited about this awesome new relationship and we would like to say “THANK YOU!” to the good people from this company who are so willing to help our couples and help ensure the success of Wish Upon a Wedding!

Find Wishpot on Facebook

1% is ALL it Takes to Help Make Wishes Come True!

New Program Allows Wedding Vendors to Easily Support Wish Upon a Wedding

Wish Upon a Wedding, the world’s first nonprofit wedding wish granting organization, is asking for the support of wedding vendors and industry professionals. This new organization, dubbed “the Wedding Industry’s Charity”, provides weddings for individuals facing life-threatening illness, at destinations across the United States, regardless of sexual orientation.

By donating just 1% of any sale (or 1% of your profits from one event), you can help Wish Upon a Wedding grant these very special wishes. Participants will be recognized for their generosity with an I support the  Wishing Well badge.

Launched in January of this year, the organization now receives new wedding wish requests on a weekly basis. Currently lacking the funds needed to bring long distance families together, these special celebrations may often be missing something (or someone). One of the organization’s goals is to fly up to four family members or loved ones to the weddings of every Wish Recipient, so they can spend a few days with those who matter most. There are many other expenses that Wish Upon a Wedding would like to cover as well, but they need YOUR help.

Founder Liz Guthrie explains, “Many people facing life threatening illness do not have the money or resources to plan a wedding. At last, the wedding industry has joined forces- and together we are making some incredibly special wedding wishes come true, by providing the celebration of one of life’s biggest milestones.” Guthrie adds, “No matter what the setting, Wish Upon a Wedding wants to provide everything necessary for these individuals, including making sure they are surrounded by their most special family and friends.”
It’s really easy!  To participate, visit this link.

As a supporter of the Wishing Well, participants will receive a custom-designed badge for their blog or website, that lets their clients and peers know that they support “the Wedding Industry’s Charity”. For information on other ways to help Wish Upon a Wedding, please visit our website at www.wishuponawedding.org/how-to-help

Please feel free to cut and paste this information to use in your Blogs, and help us Spread the Wedding Wish Love!

Founder, Liz Guthrie
{877} 305-WISH