The Asheville Poet Offers Unique Experiences at Weddings
a fun and interactive reception idea for small groups,
and a timeless wedding idea that is memorable for years to come!
Offering the Gift of Words to Newlyweds + Guests
Want a fun wedding idea for guests to make your wedding classy and timeless?
Looking for a cool wedding add-on that lets guests go home with a memento of that day and that doubles as a unique party favor?
Want to etch your wedding day into poetry forever?
Cary Gray has been creating poetry for over 10 years, including several years offering his poetic experience in downtown Asheville, at weddings, and at corporate events and retreats. His poems impact people deeply. Often individuals are brought to tears, or laughter, or some other form of visible healing. His transformative process of asking questions, deeply listening, and then creating poetry specifically tailored to individuals, draws on years of study while traveling abroad and spending time reading on linguistics, communication, and therapeutic modalities.
the Poetic Experience! What You Get When You Book:
First, I interview you as the couple for about 20 minutes to hear your story of how you met, what you value in each other, etc. I then craft your newlyweds poem ahead of the day which I laser engrave onto a rustic piece of wood. This acts as the "master poem" that everyone can see and enjoy at my table at the wedding. You may want to have me read it at or after the toast. Guests get their own smaller version of this, on the spot.
(You may upgrade to include laser cuts of any other poems, e.g. Parents, Maid of Honor, etc)
Here's How this Unique Wedding Entertainment Works:
I arrive at your wedding venue with my 1956 Royal Quiet Deluxe, a vintage, fully mechanical typewriter, looking classy. I situate myself in a special corner or corridor, where I have guests stand or sit with me, one couple or individual at a time. This takes 5-10 minutes. I start with the guests of honor, then work through the guest list, starting with the parents, working down the list of special guests. This is a fun wedding favor idea for both weddings with a big family or small simple wedding receptions. I ask each couple or individual 3 deep questions to find out what their story is. From that, I transform their particular magic into a personalized poem (a totally unique party favor.) This is perfect for vintage wedding receptions or themed weddings, or compatible with any size or style of wedding. The whole poetic process of asking questions and creating a poem takes about 10 minutes. I stamp each poem with an old-fashioned wax seal. I recite each and every poem. They keep it and forever remember this special day.
Poems as gifts for wedding guests to take home (first image) and the newlyweds laser engraved poem (second image).
The Experience that You’re Investing In:
Rustic ambience. The charm and vibe of the antique typewriter creates or adds to a unique, rustic ambience (though its compatible with any vibe!) First, what you are getting is the value of what might feel like a miniature art exhibit! What a curiosity for guests to happen upon!
Interactive Entertainment. I operate with class and depth, so this spectacle can be enjoyed as visual OR interactive entertainment, without pressure for guests but a guarantee that any who share their stories will walk away with an unforgettable wedding experience.
Gifts for Guests. Thank your guests for being present for this one and only day by gifting them with these poems that they take home. Every time they see these poems, they will remember BOTH their individual experience AND the experience of being present at your wedding day. That covers a lot of ground!
Bragging Rights. You will have my unique experience playing out in the background, enjoyed the day of and captured by your photographer for years to come. Be proud of the uniqueness of your wedding. Bragging rights forever.
All packages include free consulting with your wedding planner, (1) 20-min consultation with the couple, and (1) laser engraved poem for the couple (completed before the ceremony.) Intro package includes magnetic sleeves with each poem, larger packages include frame options for the guests.
*For Reference: (1) "Poem" = (1) Short Conversation with the Guest(s) + (1) Custom Poem Completed for them to keep
Packages start at $1200
Cocktail Package –
Includes 2 hours of live on-site poetry services. +1 Hour for setup/breakdown/breaks
Includes about 8-10 individualized poems that guests keep, with protective sleeves.
Includes the 6" x 9" newlyweds poem laser engraving, which may also act as vows, upon request. For vow service, see below.
Includes 1 extra framed poem created ahead of time for Maid of Honor, or whomever you choose.
$1200 and up
Reception Package –
Includes 4 hours of live on-site poetry services. +1.5 Hours for setup/breakdown/breaks
Includes a guaranteed 15 custom poems completed – remainder finished on-site or remotely, frames included.
Includes the 8" x 10" newlyweds' laser engraved poem, which may also act as vows, upon request. For vow service, see below. Includes 2 extra framed poems created ahead of time for Maid of Honor and whomever you choose.
$2200 and up
Deluxe Package –
Includes 6 hours of live on-site poetry services. (May be broken into 2 time periods. +2 Hours for setup/breakdown/breaks)
Includes a guaranteed 25 poems completed – remainder finished on-site or remotely, frames included.
Includes the 9" x 12" newlyweds' laser engraved poem, which may also act as vows, upon request. For vow service, see below. Includes 3 extra framed poems created ahead of time for Maid of Honor and whomever you choose.
$3000 and up (10% price break)
Vow service! When booking any package, you may choose to use the newlyweds laser engraved poem as your vows, and I will provide written copies you can read from.
With a booking: Add $75
Without booking: $350 (6"x9" or size upgrades available.)
Day-of last minute Add-on time: $450/hr
Add-on for laser cut poem: $150 For parents of bride, or maid of honor (This must be created at my studio – allow for one week prior to the event.)
Add-on poems: $100 each (These can be completed for the bridal party ahead of the ceremony OR after the event for anyone who missed out.)
All driving travel billed at standard mileage rate.
Add lodging expenses for any distance of 2 hours drive or more, unless my involvement in event ends before 7pm. It's all about bed time.
*Time may be extended on the day of the event, at the Poet's discretion.
*Must be pre-booked: Add-on laser engraved poems AND/OR frames for poems.
*Any driving distance over 3 hours requires airfare and/or rental car, as well as lodging.
Flight times beyond 3 hours one-way are subject to a daily travel fee of $500 ($800 for Saturdays)
Travel to Locations West of the Mississippi River, including California and the West Coast:
Automatically add daily travel fee above for each calendar day, lodging for each night, and flights. *Cannot book Cocktail Package ($1200). Must book Reception Package ($2200) or above.
a Unique Corporate Event Package:
For Corporate Retreats, Events, or Large Weddings!
Clarity - Connection - Leadership:
The only all-inclusive package, this includes 1-2 days of live on-site poetry services. That's 12 hours of total time allotted for crafting custom poems for guests on the spot (Must be broken into time slots of no more than 4 hours each over 2 consecutive days.)
(3) Laser engraved poems on 7" x 10" wood, for individual selected recipients.
(10) Ten hours total live on-site poetry services. Must be broken into 4-hour time slots or less, over 1 or 2 consecutive days.
(+) Includes frames of 3 varieties for the guests.
Travel Expenses Included. All locations within the continental U.S. For bookings outside of this area – subject to availability and travel fees.
Lodging Expenses Included for up to 2 nights.
Have a more casual or impromptu gathering, such as a bachelorette weekend daytime activity?
This is a fun wedding idea for guests to do, like an activity but soulful and memorable. Also, because of the romantic spontaneity of it, these poems make for fun wedding favor ideas for young couples.
Google Reviews for the Poetic Experience!
"Thank you so much for one of our favorite memories from our wedding day!"
Mandy and Dan, for their street poetry experience
"His prophetic-like gift of insight and awareness is exquisite. I’ve always been a lover of words, but I’ve never seen anyone with a gift of words like him. it’s forever inspiring. At our wedding, he wrote us a poem before the ceremony based on a telephone conversation and one for after the ceremony. The little details of us he sprinkled into his poems make them so intimate and personal. Throughout the wedding, he had a line of people, waiting to talk with him so he could write them a poem too. It was such an extraordinary experience to share with our friends and family, and one I’m so incredibly thankful for. I never would’ve dreamed of having a poet at my wedding, but I’m so glad it happened! It was such a nice touch of creativity and expression."
- Chanda Ferguson
"It's absolutely beautiful. It is embedded with so many pearls of wisdom we can all apply to life. . . . and I wanted to share it for those who might find comfort in his words.
Thank you for you gift of words and truths, Cary."
Danielle Ratliff @joyfulrising on Instagram
"Hi Cary. My mom (Laurie),
sister (Darby) and I (Katie) came across your stand in Asheville. After you wrote the poem for my mom, she cried for two days. Although she cried, it very quickly blossomed into joy and a realization that she has created this new life. I wanted to thank you for that experience. She framed your poem and it hangs up in her living room. You are so genuine, intuitive, and my mom absolutely raves about you to everyone she meets. You are blessed with an incredible talent, and I hope everyone has the experience that my mom has."
Feel free to mosey around the website! Cary has created a number of strange and wonderful objects and products which add value to walls in homes and hands that hold them!