I have recently heard some horrific stories. Stories of couples who have had a wishing well or a birdcage at their wedding and have had some of their gifts (cards with money in them) go missing.
It’s not something that you want to think about, but I know of wedding where the bride knew that there were people that had left cards and when she got home those cards were not in the wishing well. You don’t want to think that there are people attending your wedding, or staff at the venue that you have chosen, who would do this but someone had taken those cards and the money that was intended for the couple.
No matter what I have heard on the topic of wishing wells (its a different blog about wishing wells and should or shouldn’t people have one), it’s not just the money, but the words that loved ones have left for people that are stolen as well .
There are things that you can do to ensure that this doesn’t happen to you.
• Keep the wishing well, or birdcage, or treasure chest locked. Obviously making it look like it is part of the design, or ensure that it has a lock that doesn’t look like you think people are going to run off with it. Most people wouldn’t think of it. If you are doing this also make sure that your wishing well isn’t so light that someone could just wander off with it.
• Keep it in plain sight and somewhere that it has people around it all the time, not off in a quiet part of the venue, especially if you have a suitcase for people to put money into for a trip or something similar, or something else that would look equally silly with a lock on it.
• Speak to your venue and the person at the venue that will be looking after your day. It would be less likely to be something that they don’t take notice of if you have made a point of mentioning it to them. They will certainly pay more attention to people ‘lurking’ around if you have mentioned it to them before.
• Change the way that you have your wishing well. Have a bank account set up or have your honeymoon registered at a travel agent where guests can put money towards your trip.
• Having a wishing well attendant or someone who is in charge of keeping an eye on the well throughout the evening. Or perhaps place it at the wedding table itself so that attendants and members of the bridal party are near enough to the wishing well that any prospective thieves would be put off by the amount of people around it.
Has this happened to anyone that you know or do you have any other suggestions of ways that people can make their wishing wells safer? A big thank you to Untamed Images for the use of their photos on this blog. You can see more of their work on their website or check them out on Facebook by clicking here.