You can write whatever you like on the wishing well - and it doesn't necessarily have to rhyme. To help you get some ideas, I've compiled a list of the wishing well poems I've come across while designing invitations.
1. This one is short and cheeky!
Because at first we lived in sin
We've got the sheets and a rubbish bin!
A gift from you would be swell
But we'd prefer a donation to our wishing well!
2. If you already live together and don't require any household gifts
A home together we already share
furnished with love, pride and care.
So when we look at all we've got
we really do not need a lot.
So we'd like to ask, if you don't mind,
for a gift of another kind.
Instead of searching for inspiration
you can simply make a monetary donation.
Place your gift in the wishing well,
make two wishes but do not tell.
One for us and one for you
and trust that both will come true.
Please don't feel obliged
to do it this way.
Your presence is all we want
on our special day.
3. Focus the wishing well on your honeymoon
Your presence is all we want on our special date.
To share with us our happiness and to help us celebrate.
However if you were thinking of giving a gift to help us on our way,
a gift of money towards our honeymoon would really make our day.
But if you prefer to purchase a gift,
feel free to surprise us in your own special way.
4. A sweet poem about presence over presents
We'd love to have you with us
when all our dreams come true!
We want you to know that your
presence over presents will truly do.
But if we're honoured with a gift from you,
please think to wish us well.
May we respectfully request a donation
to our wedding wishing well.
5. No need to rob any banks
To save you shopping, sit back and rest.
A contribution to our wishing well is all we request.
Don't go overboard or rob any banks,
any amount will make us smile with thanks.
Now we have saved you all the fuss,
we would love if you could come and celebrate with us!
The wishing well is one of those topics that always comes up in my consultations with my clients. I know there are couples that feel very uncomfortable asking their guests for money instead of presents. The act of giving and receiving money is still taboo in some respects mainly because we associate this with charity funds. However couples moving in together before marriage is becoming very popular in our modern world and add in the fact that renovating and styling your own place is now an exciting activity (i.e. The Block style) there really is no need for unnecessary household gifts anymore.
While the main point of having a wedding is to celebrate and share your marriage with your loved ones, everyone knows that an awesome party costs money. Unless you live a Gatsby life, weddings usually mean credit card debt and perhaps even loans. Hence having a budget and spending within your means. Even though most wishing well poems will have something along the lines of "your presence is present enough" we all know that at the end of the day, if you host a wedding celebration you can expect that your guests will bring something with them whether it's a present or money in a card. This is just wedding etiquette passed on from generations.
In my opinion the best way to work out this dilemma is to honestly figure out what you would like to receive on your wedding day. Unless you imply a very strict no presents rule, it's better to have your guests give you something you would want and use rather than a shed full of useless items that you will probably re-gift later on. If you prefer to have cash over anything else then by all means use a wishing well. The fact is that your guests are probably quite close to you and will understand your request. This will also free up their time of looking for a gift for you.
If having a wishing well is not your thing (and that's completely fine) I think a gift registry is a great option where you can choose what items you would like and control how much your guests spend. Most department stores and specialty stores have gift registries so you can choose to your heart's desire. It's sort of a win-win situation for everyone.
Another option is going digital through websites that offer funds like Envelope Registry. It takes the awkwardness out of asking for money and is a great concept!
In conclusion I don't think the wishing well is a terrible thing. It saves your guests a lot of time and wasted money. You can be creative with the text on the wishing well making it a fun thing rather than an awkward request!