Gift List Poem

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    airy_fairy

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    So, H2B and I have been very happily living in sin for a good few years now and aren't lacking in household goods. We were really torn between having a wedding list and not bothering. It was only when we went to a friends wedding who hadn't said they wanted anything in particular and saw panic on other guests faces as they shoved cheques in to envelopes that we realised it's the one time that people feel they really really want to do something and are stumped when they aren't given clear ideas. So, H2B and I went back to the drawing board and thought about what we enjoy doing as a couple and came up with a new idea. This is the poem I've written to let our guests know. What do you think of the poem to start, and the gift idea? Is it tacky?

    We've pondered long and hard,
    about the contents of a 'list',
    but if we haven't yet bought it,
    it's something we haven't missed.
    We've got towels, sheets and glasses,
    a toaster and a kettle too,
    so there's no reason to feel obligated
    to give a gift to us from you.
    The one thing we haven't got yet,
    doesn't come with a bow...
    "what's this?" you cry, intrigued,
    "Enquiring minds must know!"
    As a couple we are lucky because
    our interests although varied,
    share some common themes
    and will only continue once we're married.
    W* likes moats and castles,
    C* is happy in the world of Austen,
    they both enjoy a good tower to climb
    and a dungeon to get lost in!
    In many a historic garden,
    they've shared some happy times,
    C* with her camera,
    W* with "bloomin' good cake" finds.
    So we're asking for a donation,
    towards lifetime membership of the National Trust,
    and since it will be a family pass
    that joy won't just be for us.
     
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    Anon_SA

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    Everything about it is great!

    Brought a little tear to my eye - anything to do with family does!

    Good work!!
     
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    MrsC2Be

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    That's brilliant. And such a great idea for something you can both use forever. I love it!
     
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    Love it, and think the gift is a great idea. Well done with the poem too xx :D
     
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    Oh thats a lovely idea...I wish we had thought of that. We suggested to people they bought us 1 plate or 1 cup towards our dinner service as we wanted one, only a few people bought the whole set!! We have already been given lots of money and cheques, its hard!!
     
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    Brilliant and not at all tacky.

    We had the same problem as we've lived together for 12 years and didn't NEED anything as such but we're currently having a downstairs wet room and bathroom put in for Jake (who's got muscular dystrophy), the council gave us a grant of £30,000 and we've had to get a loan out for £15,000, bearing in mind this money only provides the build and the bathroom flooring and fittings. It doesn't cover the flooring in Jakes bedroom or the kitchen, the new kitchen we'll need (as the build means our present kitchen is hugely compromised), or any of the furniture/accessories Jake will need in his new room, the cost of repairing any other areas that will be damaged or need redecorating due to removing old electrics/plumbing..... actually the list goes on! So we asked for donations towards the above and people were extremely generous and didn't mind at all, in fact I think that unless you have a proper shop giftlist people are glad not to have to rack their brains figuring out what to get or trawl for presents. I also believe that in this day and age many couples have already set up home, so to speak, therefore guests are far more understanding.

    On saying the above I think if asking for money it should be reasonably clear what you're aiming to spend it on, as you and I have.

    I love the poem! xxx
     
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    I think thats a brilliant poem and such a lovely gift to contribute towards. We are very similar and love old castles etc etc and I also love Austen!! Such a fab idea that last forever. Love it

    We used a poem recently and I was really worried it looked tacky - but it suited us, sounded like it was made for us and we've had a few comments about how good it was and nobody has minded at all. xxx
     
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    MrsMay2011

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    The poem is brill, just the right tone but nice and clear about what you're sayin'
     
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    I think its brilliant. I know some people find poems tacky or offensive, I personally don't. I think you can see you have put alot of thought into it, everyone who is coming to your wedding knows you & h2b so will be pleased to be contributing to something that you enjoy & love & will be used for your future family too. Brilliant poem well done xxx
     
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    I agree Rach, especially when they're made personal to the couple. x
     
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    Excellent idea of awesomeness :)
     
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    Thanks ladies!
     
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    ahh that is lovely. x
     
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    I think that is a fab idea :D We've been trying to find something along those lines we could ask for, I can't steal your idea though as I was bought a life membership of the nt for my 18th... Any ideas welcomed! :D
     
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