The guide below outlines popular poem types and approximate suitable lengths – though as a fully-bespoke writing service, I will of course add in a line or two if I think the poem needs it, to make sure your most important memories are woven in.
Likewise, if you have a different occasion or usage in mind, or you’re not sure how long your personalised gift poem should be; do feel free to ask me.
4 verses (or 16 lines) – £55. Great if you need a short ceremony reading, ‘morning of the wedding’ present or ‘welcome to the world’ poem.
6 verses (or 24 lines) – £65. A good length for a special birthday gift poem, wedding ceremony reading or memorial poem.
8 verses (or 32 lines) – £75. This is a lovely length for a short poem speech for those occasions when you wish to say a few words, an anniversary present with plenty of memories woven in, or a gift poem which goes into a little more detail for those VIPs you’ve so much shared history with!
10 verses (or 40 lines) – £85. This is ideal for a slightly longer speech poem (though still only a couple of minutes of speaking!) and the maximum length for a beautifully in-depth, A4 bespoke gift poem. If you need a poem speech that’s a little longer, that’s no problem. Send me a message to discuss.
For poems of other lengths, please enquire direct.
**The above prices are for poems drafted and finalised in a Word attachment by email. On request, I’m happy to email you a prettier, print-ready, electronic pdf version at no extra charge. If you would like me to print and post your personalised poem (UK), in a presentation-ready format; there is an additional charge of £5.00 unframed; or £15.00 framed (sent standard first class).**
If you live overseas, I can of course send your poem electronically in a format to suit. Should you also wish, I can format and print your bespoke poem onto card-stock and mail out to you, ready for framing (print and postage price to be confirmed).
Turnaround time fluctuates, as naturally, I am much busier during certain periods. My standard turnaround time for draft poems is currently around 2-4 weeks from when the booking has been confirmed and I have the details. However, depending on my schedule, I may be able to help if you’re in a hurry, so feel free to reach out to discuss. Likewise, if you have something even more specific in mind or would like a poem of a different length than those listed (such as wedding favour poems); please enquire direct.
After booking your bespoke poem via email or phone exchange, payment is due through bank transfer or PayPal. Once drafted, I’ll email your fully personalised poem across and make any changes you wish (after all I want you to LOVE your personalised poem!). The final proof will be emailed over as a word document and/or print-ready pdf on request. Should you wish, I can also print the poem onto card-stock paper, frame and post out – saving you a job!