Jazz Up Your Wedding Shower Invitations With Poetry

Instead of going with the same old wedding shower invitations, why not think outside the box a little and add some verse?

Let's face it: most wedding shower invitations are pretty ho-hum, humdrum little affairs. Admittedly, they're just pasteboard rectangles that, ultimately, only have to let people know where to go at what time, and possibly what to bring. But who says they can't be fun while doing that?

If you're planning a memorable bridal shower for someone, you may as well inject some entertainment from the very beginning. So rather than running with the pedestrian old time and place routine, why not add a bit of verse to the invitation? Adding poetry is always a good way to startle the recipients.

So let's look at a couple of cool ideas.

The World of Literature

The hard part here is that you've got about 5,000 years worth of literature to choose from. That's a lot of words.

So: perhaps something from Andrew Marvell, John Donne, or old Bill Shakespeare might do; and of course, Omar Khayyam and the Song of Solomon are always good for the occasional romantic passage. But why limit yourself to poetry that's already extant?

Creative Verse

Let's face it: all the words have already been invented, pretty much, so all you need to do to create something uniquely you (verse-wise) is organize them properly. The great thing about poetry is that it doesn't have to be great and it doesn't have to rhyme to work. And you sure don't have to write a sonnet.

Consider this particular verse form, for example:

Haikus are easy.
This is a good example.
Think how wise you'll seem.

You see what I did there? You could do something like that for everyone's individual invitation if you wanted -- just 17 syllables each, a cheap investment! Of course, if you have 100 people on your guest list, then you might want to reconsider that possibility. For a snug little group, though, it's awesome.

A Caveat Here, a Caveat There

Realize that this sort of exercise will require a little time and cogitation, which is fine if you can afford both. And let's not even talk about the possibility of writer's cramp. But then, that's what computers and printers are for.

If necessary, you might want to go with personalized candy bars or something similar instead...which you can actually do, if you don't mind spending a few Benjamins.

One final point If you do stick with verse: I advise against the kind of poem that begins with the line "There once was a man from Nantucket..." and goes downhill from there. But hey, that's up to you. Something of the sort might, in fact, add a whole new dimension to the event...

...and it would certainly shake up those dull wedding shower invitations!

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