Wishing well poems are a part of a long tradition, especially during weddings, wherein people write poems on invites to inform their guests that the party would have a wishing well, for gifts and wishes. The tradition of wishing wells at weddings and birthdays take inspiration from similar wells which have been a part of folklore in most countries for centuries now. The origins of the same are unclear but the term stemmed from the belief that since water was the abode of several gods, offering money or other such precious things to them would result in them fulfilling the wishes of the offerer. The belief was common to most European countries. Scientifically too, these offerings of silver and copper coins helped combat the bacterial effect on water, thanks to the biocidal properties of the metals. According to reports in the year 2006, tourists end up offering money amounting to a staggering total of approximately 3 million pounds every year to wishing wells.
A wishing well at any celebration serves as a mean to wish the people or person concerned all the best for the future. It does not necessarily have to be fancy but should serve as the perfect vessel for gifts, notes, checks and wishes that your guests may put into the well. Your poem that will inform your guests about the wishing well at the function should never be the main focus of the invitation. In fact, ideally it should be written at the back of the invite, or towards the end of the invitation that is being sent out. This type of poem is a creative way of announcing the presence of a wishing well at the party you are hosting. Though traditionally, wishing wells have been associated with weddings, several people nowadays also have them at birthdays, baby showers and other such occasions. There are many poems that can be used for invites for such events.
Poems for Bridal Shower
Spices, gadgets and supplies galore,
There’s never enough – we always need more!
Please bring one special item for our favorite bride-to-be
Wrap it in tissue, remember no names please, we won’t tell
It’s just a sweet little surprise for her Wishing Well!
____’s getting married so it only seems fitting
To have an “ABC Wishing Well” for her shower, we aren’t kidding!
A letter has been circled so you can tell
How we will fill her wishing well.
Please buy a gift that starts with your letter.
Something silly, something sweet or something much better.
“T” could be tongs, toothpicks or tacks
“S” could be spoons, spices or sacks.
Your imagination is your only limit,
Be clever, be crazy, just get into it.
Then come to the shower, to join in the fun
To honor our sweet bride. Cheers everyone!
Poems for Birthdays
I don’t want to offend,
but I have it all,
and so much more.
To save you shopping,
looking and buying,
a gift of currency,
I thought you’d like trying.
Don’t go overboard,
or rob any banks,
anything in the wishing well will make me smile,
with a heart full of thanks.
Now that I have saved,
you all the fuss,
I hope you will come,
and celebrate with us
A wishing well,
I thought would be great,
But only if,
you wish to participate,
A gift of money,
is deposited into a well,
Then make a wish…
But shhh don’t tell!
Once I’ve replaced,
the old with the new,
I can look back,
and say it was thanks to you!
Poems for Weddings
They have their dishes and towels for two
They have pots and pans and oven mitts too
So what do you get for the bride & groom
Whose house is set up in every room?
Their house needs repairs and some upgrades too
But you cannot register for carpet and glue.
A well that holds wishes is the way to go
So let’s make it easy for all that know.
An envelope will be provided for those who have room,
To give a monetary wish to the Bride and Groom
A wishing well will be on display at the reception hall
To attach your wishes, for the couple, with love from all.
The tradition of the wishing well
used on the wedding day,
is here both for your money, gifts
and for what you would like to say.
So please drop in a token of love
for this special Groom & Bride,
as they start their life united by God
to live forever side by side.
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!
Our home is quite complete now,
we’ve been together long,
so please consider our request and do not take us wrong.
A delicate request it is, we hope you understand.
Please play along as it will give our married life a hand.
The tradition of the wishing well is one that’s known by all.
Go to the well, toss in a coin and as the coin does fall,
Make a wish upon that coin and careful as you do.
Cause as the well’s tradition goes your wishes will come true.
So on this special day of ours, the day that we’ll be wed.
Don’t hunt for special gifts but give money in its stead.
And as you drop the envelope with money great and small,
Remember, make your wish as you watch your money fall.
These poems have become an integral part of most invites, with the increasing number of people opting to have them at their parties. So, the next time you want to inform your guests about the wishing well at your get together, just pen down a poem.