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Wedding Money Poems: How to Ask for Money Instead of Gifts

If you’re planning to ask for money instead of gifts, why not include one of these cute wedding money poems in your wedding invitations?

Wedding money box

Even though giving money as a wedding gift is fairly common, many couples still feel slightly awkward when it comes to telling their guests they’d prefer cash. Here's where a wedding money poem comes in!

Wording your wedding invitations can be a tricky thing to do, so if asking for money outright makes you wince, a simple wedding money poem can be a cute, polite and less direct way of asking for cash for your wedding gift.

We have some sweet ideas that will hopefully raise a smile with your guests and allow you to graciously make your preference for money as a wedding gift clear – use these word-for-word or to get your creative juices flowing!

Read on for our favourite wedding card poems, a few of our favourite printed versions to add as inserts to your invites and some top tips from wedding etiquette expert Jo Bryant and wedding money poem stationery company Tree of Hearts on asking for money as a wedding gift. 

How Do You Ask For Money as a Wedding Gift?

"As many couples have already set up home before they get married, asking for money as your gift list is now quite commonplace, but it must be handled carefully," explains wedding etiquette expert Jo Bryant. Despite now being a well-known concept, cover your bases and ensure you don't rub anyone up the wrong way by, "being clear about where the money is going - you’ll be surprised how willing modern wedding guests are to make financial donations," says Jo. 
Ultimately, "it is fine to ask for contributions towards the honeymoon, or a house deposit, new car, sofa upgrade, kitchen refit, garden redesign etc, as long as you specify what you are saving towards," comments Jo.

What is a Wedding Money Poem?

An excellent way to ask for money as a wedding gift is by using a wedding money poem. "A wedding money poem is used by engaged couples to ask for a non-traditional wedding present, like honeymoon money or charity donations, using lovely gift poem cards. We always recommend using a wedding gift poem card as it takes away the awkwardness of asking for cash and shows your guests your creativity and thoughtfulness," recommends Tree of Hearts wedding stationery. 

What is a Reasonable Money Gift For a Wedding?

There are no rules when giving a money gift for a wedding - it's always about what feels comfortable to you and that will depend on your relationship to the couple. Just as you would spend a certain amount on giving a gift, the exact same applies when giving a cash donation. We have a guide on how much money you should give as a wedding gift to help.

How to Ask for Money on a Wedding Website?

Lots of couples are now creating wedding websites as a handy way to communicate and share information with their guests and they serve as a brilliant platform to ask for money as a wedding gift. Simply add a link to a honeymoon gift list or a charity donation page and guests can transfer the amount of money they wish to pay online. We recommend popping this link into your personal blog section so it feels less like a demand and more a suggestion that you would really appreciate. 

11 Wedding Money Poem Ideas

Couple linking arms walking down a country road

Poems For Couples Who Already Live Together

As we’ve lived together for a year or two,
We really don’t need anything new.
But if you were thinking of getting us a small wedding gift,
Some money for our future wouldn’t go amiss.

We’re tying the knot and we just can’t wait,
We knew it would happen on our very first date.
As we’ve got our home dressed up with accessories,
We don’t really think that a wedding gift list is necessary.
But if you did want to give something to help us on our way,
Some money in a card would truly make our day!

We haven’t included a gift list in our invite,
As we have everything — it just wasn’t right…
To ask for more things for the life we lead,
When a reliable new car is just what we need!
If you were thinking of a gift for us to start our married life,
some money would make us a very happy [husband/wife] and wife!

Poems For Couples Buying a New Home

As we’re getting married we thought it would be fun,
To move into a brand new home — we need to get it done.
As wedding gifts are bulky and we’re a little short on space,
Some money would be the ideal gift to help us buy our place!

We’ll soon be saying ‘I Do’,
And for a gift, if you haven’t got a clue,
Then we’d really love some cash,
So that for our home we can splash,
Out on a cosy new bed for two!

Poems For Honeymoon Contributions

We’ve just moved home and have filled it with stuff,
From books to sofas, we’ve certainly got enough!
Instead of more wine glasses, we’d really love some cash,
So that we can book a perfect honeymoon and head off in a dash.
A romantic beach break would really do the trick,
As soon as we can afford it, we’ll be on that plane quick!

We can’t wait to spend our wedding day with you,
We’ve been planning hard and spending money for a good year or two.
As we’re keen to start our married life in style,
An amazing honeymoon would really make us smile.
Instead of a gift list from a high street shop,
We’d really love some money so on a beach we can flop!
Your financial donation would truly mean a lot,
So thank you for contributing to our honeymoon pot!

In order to make our dreams come true,
We’d love to go on a honeymoon for a week or two.
Instead of a dinner set, a vase or a bowl,
A financial contribution would make our wedding experience whole.
We’ve created a bank account to save our honeymoon money,
We really appreciate it, and we can’t wait to go somewhere sunny!

Couple kissing at sunset

We’ll be [husband and wife/ husband and husband / wife and wife] for the rest of our life,
In our little home made for two.
But instead of a vase or a new kitchen knife,
We’d love to fly off to somewhere new.
A week on a beach would suffice and be ideal,
So instead of a gift, your contribution would help to buy us a hotel room or a romantic meal!

We’re looking forward to seeing you on our very special day,
We hope that it will be perfect in every single way.
As a couple we know that love is all we need forever,
But a honeymoon after our wedding would be great — however…
We’ve not got the money to take this very special trip,
And we hope that you can help us fulfil our dream, whether it be on a plane or a ship!
Some money would really be the perfect gift to give,
Instead of new pots and pans, for the house in which we live!

All the wedding planning has worn us out,
And a dream honeymoon would make us happy, no doubt!
But we’ve got a little problem and we’re wondering if you can help,
We’ve started up a honeymoon fund — any contribution would make us yelp!

Wedding Money Poem Inserts: Five of the Best

Remember you can also get a poem printed up to add as an insert into your invites!

1. Floral Gift Poem Card – £6 for 10, Tree of Hearts

Floral gift poem card

At Tree of Hearts there are two standard verses to choose from – one for asking for money and the other for honeymoon contributions – or you can send them your own choice of poem and they will print that. 

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2. Simple Poem Insert – from £1.50 for 5, Little Thoughts Gifts at Etsy 


We love these bestselling ones from Little Thoughts Gifts and there’s lots of poem options to choose from. The simple style will fit with any wedding theme.


3. Minimalist Honeymoon Fund Insert - £11.21, Niki Press Designs at Etsy


This poem comes as an instant download so you can print them out yourself or take them to be cheaply printed elsewhere. It’s a great idea if you’re after funds for you honeymoon.

4. Wishing Well Poem Insert - £1.75 each, Zazzle

This rustic wishing well invite from Zazzle is a lovely idea that captures the spirit of asking for money. Your guests’ presence is most important, and their contribution will help you fulfill the wishes you have for your life together.


5. Wedding Fund Money Box - £92.34, 2b1 Wedding at Etsy


The most essential piece of décor if you’re asking for cash gifts is a lockable postbox for your guests’ wedding cards. It’ll keep all their generous gifts safe and make them easy to take home at the end of the night. This wooden box one from Etsy can be personalised with your names and wedding date and would look great with a rustic theme.


If you’re still in two minds about a gift list, don’t miss our extensive guide to wedding gift lists to help you decide, or check out these honeymoon gift list ideas.