Wishing wells are becoming a more common feature of modern weddings as a way for the couple to accept cash gifts instead of more traditional household wedding gifts.
This is often because married couples tend to co-habit now prior to their weddings, and often don’t need traditional household gifts that would have, in the past, furnished their new home.SEE ALSO: Wedding Invitation Etiquette
So, how do you approach the wishing well as a bride? You want to make people happy about giving some money as a donation towards your future as a couple, something that does make some people feel a bit uncomfortable. One popular way to deal with the wishing well is to make people laugh or smile with a little poem that’s sent out either at the same time as the invitations or included as a placard on the ‘wishing well’. We like this idea, so we’ve put together some of our favourite wishing well poems, to inspire you.
Short and Simple Poems
Because at first we lived in sin
We’ve got the sheets and a rubbish bin
A gift from you would be swell
But we’d prefer a donation to our Wishing Well
While wedding presents are so nice
Your attendance will certainly suffice.
But if you wish to give as well,
You can donate to our wishing well.
If you were thinking of giving a gift, to help us on our way.
A gift of cash towards our house, would really make our day.
However, if you prefer to purchase a gift, feel free to surprise us in your own way.
For A Giving Tree
We made a commitment some time ago
That together through life we were destined to go.
We purchased our furniture, linen and bedding,
In the fulfilling years leading up to our wedding.
What else we might need is not easy to foresee,
But what might help us in the future is a deposit on our Giving Tree.
Mum Knows Best
A wishing-well will await
To help build loving nest…
If instead a gift would buy,
Ask our Mums – they know best
And details that can end your quest!
Towards The Honeymoon
Many of our guests have enquired
For a gift idea to be inspired.
Like many young couples today,
We have a lot of things anyway.
If you would like to give, it is our request,
For something for our treasure chest.
A gift of money you can afford,
Is just what we need, you can be assured!
Without the help of this little pun,
Our honeymoon might not be as much fun.
More Than Money
Soon you will hear our wedding bells,
As Friends and family wish us well.
Our household treasures are not brand new,
We have twice the things we need for two.
Since we have our share of dishes and bedding,
We’re having instead a wishing well wedding.
But more important we ask of you,
Your prayers of love and blessings too.
The Subtle Request
To save you looking, shopping or buying.
Here is an idea, we hope you like trying.
Come to our wedding, to wish us both well.
And bring this small sack, to throw in our wishing well.
Fill it with paper all colours will do,
Gold is our favourite but silver will do.
Now that we have saved you, all of that fuss.
We hope you will come, and celebrate with us.
So what do you get for the Bride and Groom
Whose house needs things In every room?
When shopping for a present please, don’t be rash
As the option is there to just give cash.
We hope that you don’t find our request to be funny
But the decision is yours to buy a present or give money.
Now you have the choice please do not fuss.
The most important thing of all Is that you come celebrate with us!
Our two families have come together as one.
We really hope you can join in the fun.
A wishing well we thought would be great,
But only if you wish to participate.
A gift of money is placed in the well, then make a special wish,
But do not tell! Please do not be offended by our request,
As our day is complete having you as a guest.
If finding a gift if hard to do
then our wishing well is just for you!
A gift of money is placed
in the well, then make
a wish, but do not tell!
If it is, however, a gift you find,
please feel assured
we will not mind.
For A Future Home
Your presence at our wedding is present enough.
But if we’re honoured with a gift from you
May we respectfully request a gift of money
To help the building of our dream home come true!
Hopefully, these little poems have given you an idea of how to approach the wishing well at your wedding.