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.
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
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 perspex.
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.
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