(Closed) Birdcage for Envelopes?

posted 10 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: February 2018

I’m possibly thinking of getting this one

http://www.save-on-crafts.com/birdcages.html

If you do decide on it, a word of caution, make sure it’s always monitored.  I’ve been to a wedding or two where someone’s walked off with the "money box" (not necessarily a guest).

Post # 4
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2008

That is exactly what we are planning on doing.  I figure the birdcage is there if people want to use it but it also fits into our garden theme. I am not concerned if they don’t because it will dress up the table we have designated for any gifts that appear and it will fit the style of our living room after the wedding. (Our site is a historic home and we are using the dinning room for this purpose since it doesn’t really make sense for anything else.  The room is too small and the table too old to serve food on, etc.) 

The last two weddings I have been to both had gift tables- and they were quite full.  One bride had a mailbox and another a nice large crystal bowl for this purpose.

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2018

Yes, that is a popular concept.  Some people haven’t discovered the convenience of shopping online and sending the gift directly to your home.  Traditionalists still feel that people should not show up to a wedding empty-handed!

Some people like to brings cards containing money, a check or a gift card, and the theory of the birdcage is that it allows people to deposit cards, but would not allow people to steal cards (like they could if you just had an open basket or something). 

It’s ridiculous that you have to worry about people stealing presents at a wedding, but it happens a lot if you have a wedding at a hotel where random people can walk by.

So you can provide a nice receptacle for cards at the gift table like you suggested.  Just make sure to label the receptacle (birdcage or whatever you decide) or put in a few dummy cards so people know what it’s for.

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I’ve heard of the birdcage card holder before… have never seen it at a wedding I’ve been to, but it’s pretty popular in Brideland.

*sheepishly* I’m one of those guests who brings gifts to the reception… don’t know why!  FI and I have never sent gifts to the couple beforehand or after the wedding.     

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I’m doing a bird cage card holder. It’s pretty common. They can look really nice.

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2008

Yup, I’m doing that, too.  I bought one I found at Michael’s.  In hindsight, I probably would have gotten one from Saveoncrafts, but I’m happy with the one I have, too.

Post # 9
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2008

This is not a bird cage, but I’m ordering one of these custom made boxes.  You can custom pick how many boxes you want, what colors and what additions you want added.  Once you order, they will send you a link to their Kodak gallery that has about 250 boxes that they’ve created to give you ideas.

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=386022

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2007

I think birdcage card holders are really cute.  And you probably should have a table set aside for presents.  We were surprised by how many people brought LARGE presents to the reception. 

Like SoCalBeachGirl said, if your venue is accessible to the public, make sure that the present table is not by the door.

Post # 11
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2008

I hit a bunch of antique stores today, and saw some great old birdcages that would be wonderful for a card holder.  The antique part brought up the price considerably, but the save-on-crafts way would certainly be affordable.  I have seen birdcages used this way a couple of times, but everytime feels unique!

Yes, as others have said, be prepared for people to bring gifts….These days a long table should suffice…and yes, keep it secure as best as possible.  Crazy people do crazy things… 

About those gifts: you might make sure that your parents (or anyone who is able) can take the gifts 1) in their car, and 2) store them, if you’re leaving immediately for your honeymoon.  As if there’s not enough to consider already, right?  🙂

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

yep – I’m doing the birdcage.  i found mine at Target for $20 (it was in the cancle section)

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

People always bring gifts.  When my sister got married, people had to travel halfway across the country to her wedding, and they carried gifts on the plane, packed them in their suitcase…  so you definately need a gift table.  And a something for cards – birdcage is super cute, the boxes are cute – we are having a nice basket, but our venue is a club that will be closed except for our guests, so we don’t really have to worry about envelopes walking.

I will also admit to not only bring the gift to the wedding, but in some cases to buying the gift on the way to the wedding…  Bed, Bath, and Beyond does a nice wrapping job!

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I’m using a custom-made box that my father and I are designing, but I’ve attended several weddings where a nice birdcage has been used. Looks much prettier than those tissue paper wishing wells everyone used in the 1980’s.

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