'What Is A Marriage?' Personalised Poem Print

by Bespoke Verse

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  • Made in Britain
  • can be personalised

A witty, heartfelt marriage poem which explores the extraordinary and everyday aspects of being in a relationship. Can be adapted to suit the couple.

Our funny, honest and moving marriage print makes the perfect gift for weddings, anniversaries and valentines day. It is also suitable as a wedding reading at a ceremony.

Please hover over images to confirm colour - grey, green, taupe. NB print comes unframed.

Written by Bespoke Verse poet Joanna Miller, this poem has featured in magazines such as 'Wedding Ideas' and 'Unique Bride'. In 2013 she won the Wedding Industry Experts award for 'Best Wedding Writer.'

Whether it's snoring, Sunday roasting or shoulder-providing, everyone will recognise the range of shared experiences and feelings 'What is a Marriage?' describes.

You can add a personalised message of two lines - to do this we remove the last two lines of the poem (lines 25 and 26). Message us if you would like two other lines removed instead.

The poem comes as an unframed A4 print, but we would be happy to frame it for you - see below.

Please note: international delivery is available on unframed prints only.

What is a Marriage?

It’s loving & cherishing, loyally relishing.

It’s hosting & toasting & Sunday roasting

It’s enduring, alluring & most reassuring

It’s guessing, confessing & nightly undressing.

It’s often surprising, involves compromising

It’s mending, depending, & can be heart-rending

It’s trying, relying, a little white lying

It’s snoring, adoring, occasionally boring.

It’s knowing & showing, & mutually growing

It’s packing & moving, anxiety soothing

It’s having & holding, the odd little scolding

It’s nursing, & cursing when driving (reversing.)

It’s compliment giving & always forgiving

It’s planning & booking & help with unhooking

It’s sharing & caring & dressing gown wearing

It’s walking, it’s talking & bottle uncorking.

It’s tender supporting & raucous cavorting

It’s secret confiding & shoulder providing

It’s readily praising & often amazing

It’s liking, respecting & calmly accepting.

It’s cleaning, it’s mopping, it’s waltzing & bopping

It’s needing, conceding & possibly breeding

It’s chatting, conspiring & thoughts of retiring

It’s playing & paying, it’s coping & staying.

It’s comfort when weeping, a warm body sleeping (removed for message)

It’s lives interweaving and always believing... (removed for message)

That’s what makes a marriage.

Copyright Joanna Miller

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The poem is printed onto the highest quality GF Smith white A4 card (250gsm) using Dura-Bright waterproof ink. Each print is hand fed through a fine art printer and has a 3mm white border for handling.There is no mount around the print.

Unframed prints are presented in cellophane with backing board and are dispatched in stiff A4 envelopes. These may not fit in all post boxes so feel free to message us with delivery instructions.

The lightweight wooden frame is matt white with a slightly grained effect. It has a hook for wall hanging. The front is glass.

We can frame the print for you or for £7 less, you can put in the print yourself. To frame your own print using our frame, simply lift up the black tabs, remove the back and put in the print, along with the grey backing board provided. This is acid free and will protect the print from moisture.

Please note: international delivery is available on unframed prints only.

Each frame is hand finished in the UK by Fine Art Trade Guild commended framers using Italian moulding. The product is dispatched in a purpose-made picture box.


The print is H30 x W21cm (A4) and when framed measures: H34.5 x W25.7 x D2cm

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62 customer reviews

  • Fri 13 Nov 2015

    Lovely poem, beautiful item and arrived very quickly.

  • Tue 03 Nov 2015

    Came promptly. No typos!

  • Thu 01 Oct 2015

    Perfect gift

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