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In modern society, where many couples live together and make their home before their wedding day, traditional domestic wedding gifts are not always necessary. Many couples prefer gifts of money or vouchers for their wedding, and this is where the wedding wishing well comes into its own.What is a wedding wishing well?
A wedding wishing well is an actual three dimensional wishing well that can be bought or hired, and can be made of sturdy wood, or of strong cardboard that can be flat packed. The wishing well is set up at the wedding reception for guests to deposit envelopes with cash, cheques, vouchers, or cards, and to make a wish for the couple’s future as they do so.Why should we have a wishing well?
Here are three great reasons to consider a wishing well
1. They are a fun way to collect gifts and they take away some of the taboo of asking your guests for money
2. They are a safe and secure place to keep monetary gifts on a day when you won’t have any pockets
Mentioning presents on your wedding invitation itself is never acceptable, as it implies that the invitation is dependent on the guest bringing a gift. However, with a traditional gift registry it is acceptable to include a discreet card with the details of where you are registered and the same could be done with a wishing well.
You could include a small card just showing a picture of a wishing well, or you could use one of the many poems that are available to explain that you are having a wishing well.
Writing a poem yourself adds a personal touch and shows you have put some thought into your request. Asking for gifts of money can seem greedy or presumptuous, but a well written poem softens this a little.
If you don’t want to mention the wedding wishing well at all in your invitations, just inform the bridal party that you are having one. Most guests will call one of your mothers to find out if you have registered for gifts, and the presence of the wishing well will spread via word of mouth.Three wedding wishing well tips