Post # 1
We are not having a destinatation wedding, BUT 70% of our guests are flying to our wedding and staying for the weekend. They are obviously paying to fly and stay at the same hotel that we are having the wedding. We did arrange for great room rates, on the beach – many are using this as a long weekend get away. We are hosting a large dinner party, the night before to welcome our guest’s and then obvioulsy having the wedding/reception the following night and taking care of a “homemade” brunch on the morning after our wedding, at the hotel we are all staying at. Happens to be less than 2 miles from our house…
I am stuck – I am expecting no gifts, mostly due to everyone’s travel expense. We are definitely not registering anywhere. I do love little, meaningful “token” gifts from close friends who have that creativity. It’s also not to say we wouldn’t also appreciate a beautiful card with or without a monetary mention inside. I have thought I would NOT make a large card box, as I felt that would look like we were “looking” for cards with money – but we aren’t putting “no gifts” on our invites either. We’re all older and I feel like everyone knows we defintiely do not expect a gift, with all of their expenses to be here, which means the most………
SO………do I just ignore a special spot to put cards? We will have a reception table (which I guess I also call an escort card table) – if guests should bring something, they could put there? Or, do I make something special for cards, even if as simple as a little basket to keep it at a minimum?
Thanks for all input – I greatly appreciate it!!!
Post # 3
I think a basket sounds perfect. Easy, small, and non-obtrusive.
Post # 4
@red_rose: Thanks Joy, I had to reply to your post, first of all I love your suggestion – second of all, we are from Ohio. The Columbus area – that is where most of our guests will be coming from. Gotta tell you I am one of those die hard Brownie fans……….and a Buckeye of course. Very familiar with Ann Arbor and the Cleveland area.
Good Luck on your moving there……….
Post # 5
I would definitely provide some sort of cardbox- just for security’s sake. There will be people who bring cards. They may or may not contain cheques or gift cards.,
I would go so far as to put a couple of wedding style envelopes in the box so it didn’t look lonely or unused. That way you also don’t have to label it “Card Box””. It’s purpose will be apparent to your guests.
Post # 6
I agree you should have something. Many people will probably at least bring a card.
Post # 7
I like the idea of a basket, it keeps them organized that way.
Post # 8
Card box. I have NEVER been to a wedding that did not have one and I have a huge family and have attended countless weddings.
If it’s a destination wedding then they have something or they don’t, either way best to be prepared many ppl will want to give something.
Never heard anyone being put off or offended by a card box. They’re par for the course with weddings 🙂
Post # 9
We had a large, clear glass cylinder vase (with a wide satin ribbon tied around it) for our cards. It was really pretty and modern, and definitely unobtrusive. Whether you’re expecting gifts or not, you’ll definitley get cards from people, so I’d make sure to have somewhere to put them.