Are you a couple that is affected by terminal illness and getting married is very important to you? Do you know and love someone in this position? If so, please access the application form below or email Lynette at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll email a form to you. If you’re not sure if you qualify after reading the criteria below, please either email us or ring Lynette on 0400 595 679.
My Wedding Wish is supported by professional wedding suppliers all over Australia who gift their products and services.
Wish supplier participation is based on an opt-in basis and therefore each wedding is different. My Wedding Wish weddings are usually only run Monday – Thursdays and there are different limits to numbers and included services depending on suppliers offers. If you’d like a Friday-Sunday wedding, this will need to be discussed with Lynette, our CEO. We are great at being flexible in making dreams come true. Some couples can plan their wedding and they have lots of time, and some of our weddings are pulled together in 24 hours. My Wedding Wish is open to couples wanting to be legally married (*must be able to meet the legal requirements) and commitment ceremonies for those who don’t meet legal requirements (eg no time to find birth certificates). Like falling in love, we do not discriminate and applications are open to all ages, genders, abilities and religious beliefs. Please understand that as we grow, we remain true to our mission to help the terminally ill. My Wedding Wish does not gift weddings due to chronic illness, financial hardship or job loss. Receipt of all applications is acknowledged by email and if successful, the My Wedding Wish team of suppliers are called upon to opt in or opt out – so package sizes and values may vary. Please read the terms and conditions on the application form. We encourage you to complete and return a My Wedding Wish application by completing the form online or printing a copy of this form (pdf) and completing by hand. All applications must be supported by medical proof of the illness.
Applications are accepted all year.
How to Become a Wish Recipient …
- One or both parties must be diagnosed with a terminal illness with less than five years’ life expectancy
- Proof of the medical diagnosis must be supplied
- The wedding must be between Monday-Thursday (unless otherwise determined by Head Office)
- No guarantee of what will be donated is given – the value may vary
- We no longer gift renewal of vow ceremonies or ceremonies for couples affected by natural disasters or special circumstances
How it all happens:
- An application is received into Head Office on the Sunshine Coast, Qld and the criteria is checked.
- The couple is interviewed and any further medical paperwork is lodged.
- The couple pick a date, time and ceremony spot – and off we go… the planning starts.
- The State Wish Leader is contacted with the couple’s details and a Wish Leader, usually a celebrant or wedding planner, is contacted and begins to pull together an awesome wedding team. The Wish Leader then deals directly with the couple to arrange their beautiful day.
- An approved application will incur a once off fee of $750 that the charity needs to process and coordinate your wish. We encourage you to raise this money via your community through a My Cause Page we will create for you. Applicants may present special circumstances in case this fee needs to be re-evaluated.
- Applicants will need to make sure that they are reasonably available to My Wedding Wish staff and the gifting suppliers to coordinate the details of your special day. Timely supply of information, stories, photographs, supporting documentation and any video snippets in the lead up will help this process run smoothly.
Our suppliers are generous of spirit and ask for nothing in return, many do not ask for acknowledgements when the media becomes involved, and they donate their product or services because of their desire to help make our couples’ dreams come true. We’re all so very very proud to be part of something so beautiful.
Founder, Celebrant Dr Lynette Maguire, says a key value of My Wedding Wish is that “everyone deserves a beautiful wedding”. The suppliers and sponsors agree!