Our Mission

Wish Upon a Wedding grants weddings and vow renewals to couples facing serious illness or life-altering health circumstances.

Our Story

Born out of the desire to give back to couples in need, in 2009 wedding planner Liz Guthrie inspired businesses and wedding industry professionals to donate their money and services to host a free wedding to a deserving couple in need. This one wedding started a movement in the industry – and Wish Upon a Wedding was formed.

Our original wedding industry founders came together with a vision to give couples and their loved ones a day away from serious illness. Today, our board members and local committees have grown to include professionals and partners from a wide range of industries across the United States. Through the generosity of individual donations, wedding industry professionals who donate their services, corporate sponsors and partnerships, and volunteers, we are able to grant weddings and vow renewals to deserving couples. Due to health-related circumstances outside of their control, the couples we honor have endured far greater challenges than many of us could possibly imagine and we aim to celebrate their love for one another.

As we approach our 150th wedding this year, we are grateful for your generous support and the opportunity our couples have given us to take part of their love story. We are so proud of our organization and hope that you will follow us on our journey.

Our Wishes


All of our weddings and vow renewals cover the cost of:

  • Sunday – Thursday weddings

  • Guestlist up to 50 people

  • Wedding Planner

  • Venue

  • Catering

  • Photographer

  • Videographer

  • Cake

  • Officiant

  • Florist

  • Stationery

  • DJ or Music

  • Bride's Hair and Makeup

Apply for a Wish

If you are affected by a medical illness or life-altering health circumstance, we welcome you to apply for a wish.

How to Help

If you are interested in learning more about ways you can help, visit our How to Help page.