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We Are All Animals!

  • Posted on June 3, 2011 at 4:06 pm

I was so moved today, when one couple showed me their wedding invitation. Included was an insert – with a lovely picture of an elderly couple, embracing their pets. The insert read:

At such a happy time in our lives, we are simply grateful for your presence at our wedding. Please do not feel obligated to bring a gift. If you are inspired to give something to the happy couple, we strongly encourage you to donate to the Victoria SPCA. This organization holds a very special place in our hearts, and your generosity will make a significant difference to the animals that live there.

Asking For The Wedding Gifts You Prefer

  • Posted on May 26, 2011 at 3:44 pm

Here are some lovely ways to ask for the present you want at your wedding – complete with  fun wording to express your wishes:

just your presence

We are very happy that you can join us for this special day. Having you share our celebration is the best gift you could give. However, if you would like to bring a gift, feel free to surprise us in your own way. We know it will come from the heart and we will sincerely appreciate it.

wishing well, money tree or treasure chest

Nowadays, the classic ‘wishing well’, ‘money tree’ or ‘treasure chest’ is appearing at wedding ceremonies. The giving of money is popular in many cultures. For some recipients it will help to meet the cost of the wedding or enhance the honeymoon, for others it forms the beginning of their house deposit.

But how to ask? There are many rhymes and ditties that can be used. Here are some ideas:

money tree (anonymous)

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 and groom
whose house is set up in every room?
Their house needs repairs and some upgrades too,
But you can not register for carpet and glue.
A tree that grows wishes is the way to go,
so lets 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 money tree will be on display at the reception hall
to attach your wishes, for the couple, with love from all.

honeymoon contribution (anonymous)

Now what do you give
The bride and groom
Whose home is happily
Set up in every room?

We have bought pots and plates
Linen and bedding
And the usual gifts
You give at a wedding.

Although this may seem
Like a modern revolution
We’d prefer to receive
A honeymoon contribution.

It will save you the shopping
fancy wrapping and fuss
And on our travels
We will hold your gift dear to us.

For those who prefer
A cash gift in mind,
A treasure chest will be set up,
If you feel that way inclined.

wishing well for a wedding or commitment ceremony (anonymous)

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 but shhh don’t tell!
Once we’ve replaced the old with the new,
We can look back and say it was thanks to you!

green wedding

We are having a ‘green wedding’. If you are wanting to give us a present we would like to request a donation towards our house deposit (any colour will truly do!) We will have a model of our dream house at the wedding that will have an open door to receive your gift. This would be greatly appreciated.

donations to charity

In light of the blessings that we share on our wedding day
Please consider making your gift a donation to the Cancer Council or charity of your choice. In honor of our marriage and in loving memory of our grandmothers.

Thank you.