Everyone deserves their dream wedding, even if they have only five months to live.
That’s why Liz Guthrie founded Wish Upon a Wedding, America’s only wedding wish-granting organization that grants weddings and civil union ceremonies to couples facing life-threatening medical conditions.
Chicago Marriage Examiner chats with Ali Phillips, president of the foundation’s Chicago chapter to discuss her new role and the details of the chapter’s upcoming launch event, which will take place on March 24.
Chicago Marriage Examiner: What is the purpose of the Chicago chapter?
Ali Phillips: Wish Upon a Wedding is America’s original wedding wish granting organization. Wish Upon a Wedding will grant weddings and civil union ceremonies at destinations across the U.S. to couples facing life-threatening medical conditions, celebrating the courage and spirit of these couples.
Wish Upon a Wedding is dedicated to granting weddings and/or civil union ceremonies at destinations across the United States to couples who are facing terminal illness.
By giving the gift of a dream wedding, we are able to grant some of the most intimate and heartfelt wishes of these people’s lives, and help them share this important day with close family members.
Our foundation was created to celebrate the courage, determination and spirit of these couples by granting their dream wedding wishes. Our hope is that chosen recipients can inspire others couples facing similar situations to find hope and strength.
Chicago Marriage Examiner: What is your role? What are you looking to achieve?
Phillips: I am the president of the Chicago chapter of Wish Upon a Wedding. Chicago is fortunate to have some of the best wedding professionals in the country and some of the most giving people. For our launch event we hope to educate vendors and brides and grooms on how they can get involved in this wonderful organization. We currently have our first wish, which we will be granting in April for a couple.
We are hoping to raise awareness about the organization in an effort to get more people involved in the cause. Our chapter is always in need of wish granters, and through the launch party, we are hoping to both honor those wedding professionals who have already signed on and catch the attention of those who have not. Additionally, we want to encourage brides and grooms to support such a wonderful organization.
Wish Upon a Wedding’s Chicago Launch Party is set to take place on March 24 at 6 p.m. at Ravenswood Event Center.
RSVP and join the more than 100 guests and Chicago chapter president, Ali Philips, in learning more about the cause and what you can do to help.
Click here to learn more about the national wish-granting organization and to read Chicago Marriage Examiner’s interview with Wish Upon a Wedding founder, Liz Guthrie.
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