Post # 1
I am looking into getting a vintage themed card box for my wedding in a few months but can’t find anything that seems to match my vintage theme. Most of them look like hat boxes stacked on one another with some ribbon. I love the idea of having an old vintage suitcase but my mom is insisting we should get one that is enclosed so that nothing gets stolen (I have heard horror stories about couple’s cards and money getting stolen). But I am not how guests would feel about seeing a card box that is locked up or what have you. Any of you Bess have any suggestions?? Thanks! 🙂
Post # 3
I would agree with getting one that is closed in some way, unless you have a very small wedding. Not only theft from guests (which I wasn’t too worried about), but theft from staff at the venue AND – that box is going to get jostled around a fair amount when you’re packing up at the end of the night, if someone knocks against the table, etc. You want to minimize chances of something falling out.
If you go with something more open, like a suitcase, I’d make sure there was one person (who wasn’t parent or in the wedding party) who was responsible for keeping an eye on it, taking out the majority of the cards through the evening and just leaving a few in, and locking them up in a safe place and then getting them to you. There was a lot of cash in our cards. I can see how they are an easy target.
Post # 4
I used a mailbox, but it wasn’t vintage. I have seen some vintage style mailboxes that lock used as cardboxes.
Post # 5
@littlemisst08: That’s a neat idea! I would have never thought of something like that! 🙂 I hate to lock a cardbox up but you just never know….
Post # 6
I have seen a dollhouse used as a cardbox.They attached a piece of fibreboard to the back.
You could find a style like your grandparents house. I think that would be a sweet surprise.
Or buy a birdhouse
If you like the suitcase idea you can use two stacked on top of each other. Make a slit in each and lock the bottom case.
Post # 7
@julies1949: The last idea is cute. 🙂 I didn’t know if it was proper etiquette to lock up a card box, not sure how guests would take that. The last time I went to a wedding, the couple just had people leave the cards on the table. They had about 90 guests….
Post # 8
@lovelylight99: My cards were just fine in an unlocked box, but I can understand the worry. I don’t think guests would even notice if whatever you use is locked, they just want to dump their cards and move on
Post # 9
Maybe something like this with a slit in the top of it
Post # 10
I am doing an art deco theme – but using a victorian mailbox as inspiration. Attached is a photo of the insipiration and a rendering of my “art deco” version. The mailbox is going to by made out of contrasting woods. A light and dark. My father is going to make it for me.
Post # 11
I put together a vintage looking card box and the only way to get the cards out was to dismantle the bottom, making it quite safe.
Post # 12
Ive personally never seen one that isnt enclosed. Every card box I’ve seen is more so just a fancy box with a slit in the top. I have some family with “sticky fingers” so I wouldnt have an open box at all. Honestly guests shouldnt feel wierd about that, I would think “man they are BRAVE not having that covered”. Our cocktail hour is technically in a public area where anyone can walk in of course they would eventually be noticed as non-guests but who knows what they end up doing in the mean time… its not barred off, so its sad to say people/crashers do scope outweddings because they know cards boxes can hold lotsa money!
I’m making mine and it is still in progress…. so its a bit rough but i’ll attach a pic… but I bought 2 diff sized boxes, cut a hole in the big ones top (just slightly smaller then the snaller box so it would just sit on there), cut a hole in the bottom of the smaller box about a half inch from the edge, so I just got a glue gun and stuck them together after wrapping with fabric. I just made a slit in the top large enough to fit all possible cards and they will just fall all the way to the bottom of the whole thing.
Right now the top is removable, but I might put some ribbon going from the bottom of the box all the way up to the card slit and glue it that way when its time to open I can just rip the ribbon off… but anyone else trying to fool with it will be easily noticed.
Post # 13
not sure why the picture posted twice…. I cant seem to get rid of one!
Post # 14
@Treejewel19: Really cool! i like it
Post # 16
It seems perfectly appropriate that a vintage suitcase would be locked. If you use an in-period lock, guests won’t even notice.