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Bride gives away $20k wedding for free

But now it's at risk of going to waste...
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A bride-to-be has donated her $20k dream wedding to a charity that helps terminal ill people marry their soulmate.

But there is a hitch; the nuptials are booked to take place in just EIGHT days in Parramatta, NSW, and the date cannot be changed.

The anonymous bride and groom who set the date and organised the ceremony haven’t split up. They simply decided they no longer wanted to get married. 

Lynette Maguire, CEO of My Wedding Wish, said: ‘The wedding has been gifted to us by a couple who decided that having a big white wedding wasn’t really their thing. 

‘The catch is the date is Saturday 11 November 2017 so we don’t have a lot of time! 

‘Gifted weddings really mean so much. They give the dying something positive to focus on. Just for one day, that person isn’t dying, doesn’t have cancer.  

‘Often these couples can’t afford to marry as their resources are depleted through medical treatment, or the treatment itself drains them.

‘The memories last a lifetime for the loved ones left behind.’

Founded in 2013, My Wedding Wish harnesses the generosity of wedding suppliers, wish supporters and volunteers to gift weddings to terminally ill couples all around Australia.

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The big day is at risk of going to waste if no one claims it. (Credit: Getty Images)

The November 11th wedding will be held at the historical Oatlands House, situated on five acres of manicured gardens with its own vineyard, and a fully restored Georgian-style house. 

The unique atmosphere promises to charm couples and their guests from the very first sip of champagne on the pillared terrace, to a romantic evening stroll through the lush gardens and vineyard. 

Valued at $20,000, the wedding package includes all the trimmings including a garden ceremony, a photographer, catering for 120 guests including a 5½-hour wedding reception with a three-course meal and unlimited beverages. 

“All the details are catered for. Literally the couple just needs to turn up and enjoy the day”

‘We can organise a beautiful wedding dress for the bride and a suit for the groom through our suppliers. We can even get flowers,’ adds operations manager Ingrid Nichols.  

‘We have suppliers for absolutely everything you could imagine. All the details will be catered for. Literally the couple just needs to turn up and enjoy the day.

‘There is no catch, we just don’t want this amazing wedding to go to waste.’

Any couple aged over 18 affected by terminal illness, including those in same sex relationships, can be nominated to secure this beautiful wedding.

The couple can be nominated via: http://www.myweddingwish.org/apply-wish-recipient/

This article originally appeared on New Idea.

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