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Ask Kate: Invitation wording – asking for cash gifts

November 28, 2012

Kate Thompson has been offering heart-felt advice and sparklingly different wedding inspiration for ten years. She is married with two children, and often features in the national press. With her warm and caring nature and off-beat sense of humour, she'll answer every question with knowledgable insight and understanding to help and inspire or simply restore your peace of mind.


Hi Kate, could you help me? I need to know how to politely put in the invitations to just give us money as we don’t need anything else. I just don’t know how to write this without sounding rude. Thank you!


This question is in the minds of many brides, and I assure you – most guests actually want to give you a gift and will be grateful to be told what it is you desire the most!

The most popular way of asking for cash is in a short and sweet poem, and you can find so many of these online, long or short! Here are a few of our favourites:

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!

Final word of advice: if you set up a money box at your reception make sure you appoint someone to keep it safe!

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