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July 04, 2019 Anniversary Wishes For Parents 4 comments

Hi, we are going to send out as part of the invitations the following (from Google) to advise re gifts and our Wishing Well.

Whether you’re asking for a loan, a pay raise or for guests to contribute to a wishing well at your wedding, requests for money can be difficult, if not downright embarrassing.

That’s why asking guests for cash presents rather than traditional wrapped gifts can be awkward.

However, with many couples already living together before marriage and so many who, individually, have their homes already set up with the items they need, it’s a request that’s becoming more and more common.

Of course, that’s not the only reason couple’s request cash gifts. Some genuinely need the money, others wish to put it towards, say, a honeymoon or a house deposit, perhaps even towards renovations or a bigger present such as a painting, something that constitutes a single, really big wedding present that they really want and will always remember, like a pet or a car.

And then there are the couples who just prefer cash.

Regardless of the reasons, it can still be uncomfortable asking your guests for presents of money and, as such, couples have come up with a more diplomatic means of doing so, wishing well poems.

Wishing well poems are a gentle way for couples to ask for cash gifts in the hopes of not offending guests. As you’ll see from the examples below, wishing well wording varies in length and diplomacy. Some are gentle and funny, others make their message immediately clear.


The term ‘wishing well poem’ comes from the fact that many couples provide a wishing well (though now it can be in the form of suitcases, birdcages, even just pretty boxes) into which guests can place their money-filled envelopes before making a wish, usually for the couple. However, they’re also known as Money Trees and Treasure Chests, among other things and, of course, many cultures feature such celebrated wedding traditions as pinning money to the bride’s dress or filling bride’s purse with money during the reception.

The aim of such traditions, which started long before people lived together before marrying, was always to ensure the bride and groom walked way at the end of their big day with a small nest egg to start their married life. Guests who put in what they could afford if they could afford anything at all.

So, just keep in mind that though you may prefer cash, your guests may not. Perhaps they don’t have the money to give or maybe they may prefer to give you something particularly special that you will treasure as something you received on your wedding day. Either way, if you are going down the wishing well route, be sure to make it clear that cash presents are not mandatory and that you are merely making a request, not demanding guests hand over cold hard cash.

You can either add the poems onto your invitation or, as so many couples do, simply print it out on a notelet or small slip of paper and leave it for guests to decided what they wish to do, but also what they can afford.

Here are some of our favourite wishing well poems:

1: Do not tell

“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.”

2: Short but sweet

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 a gift, feel free to surprise us in your own special way.

3. Make a wish

If finding a gift is hard to do,
Perhaps our wishing well is for you.
A gift of money is placed in the well.
Then make a wish… but do not tell.
If, however, a gift you’d prefer to find.
Be assured we will not mind.

4. Cash money

So what do you get
For the Bride and Groom,
Whose house needs things
In every room?

When shopping for a gift,
You needn’t be rash,
As there’s always the option,
To just give cash!

We hope you don’t find,
Our request to be funny
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’re there to celebrate with us!

5. Honeymoon in a foreign land

Soon we are to be Mr & Mrs
We don’t need a wedding list of dishes.
Our life together has already begun
We have almost everything under the sun:
Two kettles, two toasters, two microwaves
Though we also have dreams for which to save.
Our dream is to honeymoon in a foreign land
And walk along the beach hand in hand.
If you would like to give us a gift
A contribution towards this would give us a lift.
We like to think of it as our ‘Wishing Well’
Which will be filled with your love, we can tell!
But the most important thing to say
Is that you are there to celebrate our day!

(From reader Kalysha)

6. Wishing well wedding

Soon you will hear our wedding bell,
As friends and family wish us well.
Our household thoughts 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!
(from reader Adrianna)

If poetry is not your style, you can just word the requests politely, something along the lines of:

The most important thing is to have you with us on our special day. No gifts are needed or expected, however, we have been asked what we need or would like and,
if you do wish to give us something, a little cash to spend on our honeymoon would be very much appreciated.

Do you have (or have you seen) wishing well wording that you like? If so please submit it below and we’ll add it to our ever-growing list!

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Wedding gift poems: how to ask for money

wishing well rhymes

Many couples now request money or gift vouchers in lieu of receiving multiple platters, toasters and vases as a wedding gift.  More and more couples are already living together, so don’t need the assistance in establishing a household that couples once did. Instead, they’d prefer help to go on a honeymoon, to purchase their first home, or for something else.

Traditionally, there is to be no mention of gifts on the invitation. As presents to a wedding are optional, and entirely at the discretion of the guest, it’s seen as presumptuous to make any mention of gifts. Some go as far to call it tacky.  While I wouldn’t go that far, there are certainly better ways to go about it than dictating your gift requirements. So many modern couples chose to include a small card with their invitation, with a small wishing well poem or saying.

Check out the video on how to manage asking for gifts with your wedding invitation, and grab the full list of wishing well poems here.

Wishing well poems & wording examples

Below is a few of the more popular wishing well poems for you to use. Download a full list of wishing well poems (even more than below) in an easy to edit/copy/paste format.

  • 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 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 a gift, feel free to surprise us in your own special way.
  • The most important thing is to have you with us on our special day. No gifts are needed or expected, however we have been asked what we need or would like and, if you do wish to give us something, a little cash to spend on our honeymoon would be very much appreciated.
  • 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. A gift of money is placed in the well, then make a wish but do not tell, cause as the well’s tradition goes, your wishes will come true you know!

  • Now we are to be Mr & Mrs, we don’t need a wedding list of dishes. A holiday is what we need, so your help with this would be a great gift indeed. So should you wish to honour us with a gift, we have registered a honeymoon registry at (travel agency) where you can make a contribution to help us make our honeymoon a memory that will last a lifetime.
  • More than just kisses so far we’ve shared, our home has been made with love and care. Most things we need we’ve already got, like a toaster and kettle, the pans and the pots. 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 wish but do not tell. Once we’ve replaced the old with the new, we can look back and say it was thanks to you! And in return for your kindness, we’re sure that one day soon, you’ll get what you wished for!

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wishing well rhymes

Wishing well

A wishing well is a term from European folklore to describe wells where it was thought that any spoken wish would be granted. The idea that a wish would be granted came from the idea that water housed deities or had been placed there as a gift from the gods, since water was a source of life and often a scarce commodity. The Germanic and Celtic peoples considered springs and wells sacred places. Sometimes the places were marked with wooden statues possibly of the god associated with the pool. Germanic peoples were known to throw the armour and weapons of defeated enemies into bogs and other pools of water as offerings to their gods. Water was seen to have healing powers and therefore wells became popular with many people drinking, bathing or just simply wishing over it. Some people believe that the guardians or dwellers of the well would grant them their wish if they paid a price. After uttering the wish, one would generally drop coins in the well. That wish would then be granted by the guardian or dweller, based upon how the coin would land at the bottom of the well. It was thus potentially lucky to throw coins in the well, but it depended on how they landed. The tradition of dropping pennies in ponds and fountains stems from this. Coins would be placed there as gifts for the deity to show appreciation.

Here is an idea, we hope you'll like trying! Come to our wedding, to wish us both well,. And please make a donation to our wishing well.

Wishing well wedding poems

wishing well rhymes

It’s a question asked by many brides every single year: how do I ask for cash instead of wedding gifts without offending the guests? Read on for advice on the most tactful ways to ask for a gift of cash as well as some examples of poems to insert into your invitations.

To ask or not to ask for cash?

Most guests attending a wedding or even those who can’t attend but were invited, will still give gifts to the newlyweds, not out of obligation or duty but because they want to. Weddings and civil ceremonies are a milestone in a couple’s life that their friends and family are happy and honoured to share in. The tradition of gift giving reflects this.

Brides and grooms often worry whether to include gift information on invitations; this anxiety is increased when they would prefer to receive cash gifts. The reality is, with more and more couples cohabiting before tying the knot, many of them already have the usual types of products and appliances customary to traditional wedding gifts. So if you and your spouse-to-be have enough kettles, blenders and towels, asking for cash is the natural way to go.

The money will go to…

When asking for guests to part with their cash, you can pretty much guarantee that they’ll want to be told how the couple intend to spend it – not to be nosy, but because it pleases them to know what contribution they are making to the wedded couples’ life. It’s best to include a potential destination for the cash in the invitation. You state that the money will contribute to the honeymoon, items needed for the home, a new car, savings, a new baby et cetera.

If you and your intended are lucky enough to have everything you need and feel as if you have no use for the extra cash, consider arranging for the cash you receive to be given as donations to a charity or cause you support. As with asking for cash for yourselves, be sure to tell guests where the funds will go. Charitable donations as wedding presents is a popular way to share some of your good fortunate with those in need.

Breast Cancer Now and Macmillan Cancer Support are two of our favourite charitable wedding gift companies.

Antique book box wishing well

How to ask for wedding money

In many countries, the accepted way of asking for cash is to write “no boxed gifts” on the invitations. It means exactly that – no gifts that come in boxes. Funnily enough, the UK guests may not be familiar with this phrase, and we’ve heard comments such as, “what, do I take the toaster out of the box then?” When using this phrasing option, be prepared to answer questions about what it means, and maybe even to receive some gifts without boxes!

The specific approach

Alternatively, you could use a wedding gifts company such as Buy Our Honeymoon and Patchwork to elegantly and easily show your guests exactly what you and your intended need as you embark on marital bliss. If you know you want cash to go towards your honeymoon, Buy Our Honeymoon gives you the option for your guests to purchase elements of your honeymoon such as spa treats or entrance to a museum or popular tourist attraction at your destination.

Patchwork is an extremely visual and inspiring way to ask your wedding guests for exactly what you want or to show them how you intend on using the cash they give. Design your patchwork to be a reflection of the things you intend to buy with the cash that you ask for that way it’s clear from the star where the money is going.

The poetic approach

Nothing lightens the mood like a limerick or poem. Whether you’re after something short and sweet or a full stanza, here are some of the most popular phrases couples have used to ask their guests for exactly what they want to receive.

Short and sweet:

  • Your presence at our wedding is all that we wish for. However, if you want to give a gift, we will be grateful for a small cash donation towards our new future/house renovations/honeymoon/etc.
  • While your attendance alone is what we request, if you wish to buy us a gift then we have a small gift list at______, however monetary contributions towards planning our future together would also be greatly appreciated.

Wedding money poems

One of UK brides’ favourite way of asking for cash is with a poem. Get your creative juices flowing and pen your own poem or use your favourite from the selecting below:

General cash request poems

If you were thinking of giving a gift to help us on our way,
A gift of money in a card would really make our day!

~~~~

We made a commitment, some time ago,
Together through life, we were destined to go.
To save you looking, shopping and buying,
Here is an idea, we hope you’ll like trying!
Come to our wedding, to wish us both well,
And please make a donation to our wishing well.

~~~~

Our life together has already begun
And we almost have everything under the sun
So we both thought we would make a suggestion
To save you from all the searching and guessing
Instead of spending lots and lots
Just put some money with your card
And place it into our Moneybox
Large amounts are not anticipated
Any amount would be appreciated
Now that we have saved you all the fuss
We can’t wait for you to celebrate with us!

~~~~

Now we are to be Mr & Mrs
We don’t need a wedding list of dishes
We have two kettles, two toasters, two microwaves
And we have dreams for which we have to save.
If you would like to give us a gift
A cheque or vouchers would give us a lift
We like to think of it as our ‘Wishing Well’
Which will be filled with your love, we can tell!

~~~~

We’ve lived together for quite a while,
With all our pots and pans,
And as we don’t need homely gifts,
We have another plan!
We know it’s not traditional,
But it’s easier that’s for sure,
To have no wedding list at all,
Your attendance means much more!
For those of you who do insist,
We have a savings pot,
A small gift to add to this,
Would really mean a lot!

~~~~

We’ve been together for a few years now;
We have pots and pans and linen and towels;
We have glasses and toasters, really quite a few;
So instead of more gifts, we suggest this to you;
If it doesn’t offend and it won’t send you running;
What we would really appreciate is quite simply money;
We know choosing gifts can be such a pain;
And this way there is no chance of bringing the same!

~~~~

We don’t want to offend but we have it all,
All household goods and so much more.
To save you shopping, sit back and rest,
A gift of currency is our request.
Don’t go overboard or rob any banks,
Any little thing will make us smile with thanks.
We supply the wishing well,
No wrapping, an envelope who can tell.
Now that we have saved you all the fuss,
We’d love it if you would come and celebrate with us!

~~~~

We haven’t got a gift list for all of you to see,
because as you all know we never can agree!
But if you’d like to help us start our married life,
cash or high street vouchers, would save a lot of strife!

~~~~

More than just kisses so far we’ve shared,
Our home has been made with love and care,
Most things we need we’ve already got,
And in our home we can’t fit a lot!
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 wish …. butshhh don’t tell!
Once we’ve replaced the old with the new,
We can look back and say it was thanks to you!
And in return for your kindness, we’re sure,
That one day soon you will get what you wished for.

~~~~

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 there is always the option
To just give cash!
We hope you don’t find
Our request to be funny
But we really would appreciate
A gift of money

~~~~

Honeymoon gift request poems

We know it’s traditional to write a list
But in this case there is a slight twist
Our home is complete with the usual stuff
And the things that we have are good enough
Our dream is to honeymoon in a foreign land
And walk along the beach hand in hand
We hope you don’t think of us as being rude
And that our request is not misconstrued
But a contribution to our honeymoon pot
Would be appreciated such a lot
But the most important thing to say
Is that you are there to celebrate our day!

~~~~

We are sending out this invitation
In hope you will join a celebration
But if a gift is your intention
May we take this opportunity to mention
We have already got a kettle and toaster
crockery, dinner mats and matching coasters
So rather than something we’ve already got
We would appreciate money for our honeymoon pot
But most importantly we request
That you come to our wedding as our guest.

~~~~

You’re invited to our wedding, when we both say ‘I Do’
And as you know we’ve been ‘I do’-ing for at least a year or two!
We’ve been together many years, and have a lovely home,
There’s not that many items we don’t already own.
So if your thoughts were on a gift, your presence will suffice;
But if you really feel the need, donations to a honeymoon would be really nice!
The choice is really up to you and we’d just like to say;
That most of all, we hope you come, enjoy yourselves, and have a lovely day!

~~~~

We do not have a gifting list
Our house is set with nothing missed
We’d like to go on honeymoon
A place for us as bride and groom
We’re asking for a cash donation
To send us to our dream location

No matter how you feel about asking for gifts, gift-giving is very much a part of every wedding, and guests are grateful to receive instructions on what you wish for the most.

Read more wedding ideas and inspiration in the Wedding Blog.

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We've been planning hard and spending money for a good year or two. This rustic wishing well invite from Zazzle is a lovely idea that.

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