A Wedding Wishing Well for the Practical Bride and Groom
Although bridal registries have steadily gained popularity through the years, newlyweds still get a lot of presents that they neither need nor want. To make matters worse, some couples get duplicates of these unwanted gifts. It happens that a couple receives four kitchen starter sets, while another gets three toasters.
This isn’t such a hopeless situation if the gift givers enclose a return coupon from the merchant, enabling the receiver to exchange the item for something else. Quite often, however, wedding presents cannot be returned. This means newlyweds will simply have to store them somewhere – a not too welcome task if they live in a small apartment.
Beyond the Bridal Registry
In 1924, Marshall Field’s started the practice of putting up a bridal registry at their stores. Today, most major retail establishments all over the world have adopted this gift-giving method. With this service, the couple can register the list of store items, usually for the home, that they want to have. From this list, their invited wedding guests will just pick the gift they want to give. In the past five decades or so, this has become a common and practical approach to gift-giving during weddings. The bridal registry makes it easier for the guests to give gifts that the couple will like.
But an even more practical approach nowadays is the wishing well, a fancy-looking box given a prominent place of honor at the table for wedding gifts. This box serves as a container for checks and cash gifts so that the couple can buy what they really want. Usually, the wishing well is as pretty as the bridal cake. Some are even designed to match the wedding motif.
This relatively new practice makes it possible for couples to buy whatever they want, even their honeymoon package after the wedding. Also, this helps the couple recoup some of the money they spent on wedding and engagement rings, the ceremony and reception, wardrobe, and others.
Telling People About the Wishing Well
Some couples feel a little shy about telling people that there’s going to be a wishing well at their wedding reception. This reluctance is probably a carryover from the belief that talking about money is less than genteel or polite. There should be no embarrassment about providing friends and family the option of giving cash as a gift – especially if the couple plans to move to another state or another country. China or cutlery will just be additional baggage to pack and transport, so considerate friends should understand why expressing their good wishes in cash will work best.
One of the best ways to let people know that there’s going to be a wishing well is to inform close friends and members of the bridal party ahead of time. Usually, once it’s started, word will get around that this is what the bride and the groom want, and most guests will honor that preference. After all, signing a check is ten times easier than going to a store and picking a gift.
Wishing Well Designs
Wishing wells for wedding receptions can be a DIY item or can be purchased from wedding or hobby stores. Some brides order the well from the shop that will provide the wedding party’s gowns, from the cake supplier, or from the venue designer. These containers come in a wide variety of styles and colors. Some look like miniature old-fashioned wishing wells, while some have a more modern design. A good number will even come with a limerick to add some affectionate humor to this practical way of giving gifts.
Author Bio: Sofia Angeli is a PR & communications consultant for companies in various industries. In particular, she brings her writing skills and passion for travel, culture, arts and lifestyle, including wedding planning and engagement rings, to the online world.