(Closed) The "card box" dilemma

posted 5 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
8580 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

Most likely guests will still either bring gifts or cards, it’s best to set aside at least a small area to put them.

Post # 4
839 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Yeah, no matter what you tell your guests, there will always be some people that bring gifts and cards, so it’s better to just have a place for them than have to deal with it every time someone has a gift or card they don’t know what to do with. Sorry, I know that’s not very helpful. Maybe you can just have a small area in the corner that has multiple levels for gifts? Like maybe shelving of some sort. That way it takes up less space than a table but would still be enough room to hold the gifts.

Post # 5
4930 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Have someone man a table with a guestbook at the entrance to your reception. Have a nice box, but pt it out of sight. Cards can be handed to the person manning the table. They can nicely thank the guest, direct them to sign the book and put the cards in the box. 

Post # 6
145 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I understand your dilemma! Unfortunately I think you will need something centralized for guests to place cards. It certainly does not have to be a “box” per say, but something where a guest will feel safe leaving a card (with money probably). People sort of expect card boxes so I’m sure most would hunt the box down rather than come to you directly to give the card- no one wants to bother the bride!

And of course no one wants guests to bring actual gifts to the wedding- most people know to have presents shipped- but there will be several who do. Would there be a secure closet or back room where presents can be stored for you to take home later?

Post # 7
5494 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2011

If you don’t have a card box guest will wonder where to put the card, (with cash!).  They’ll either be hunting you or your groom down to give these to you and you’ll certainly lose track of all of them through out the evening.  A cardbox is easy and convenient for you and for the guests.

Post # 8
951 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Here are a couple different ideas for ‘card boxes’. I don’t personally like the actual boxed shaped ones.

Birdcage: http://pinterest.com/pin/138485757262477875/

Mailbox: http://pinterest.com/pin/169236898467830824/

Vase: http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_5IhZGrFdxuM/SSW127qzUbI/AAAAAAAAB0Y/8KOHUAN4Eyo/s400/JessicasCardBox.jpg

Wooden Box: http://www.etsy.com/listing/86001740/large-rustic-personalized-card-box-for?ref=usr_faveitems

Post # 9
9552 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

Yup – you need a designated space for cards. And gifts. Because no matter what you say, people will bring them. If you’re worried about space, could you have the gift table and the guest book table on the dock by the boat so that the guests do that as their entering? Then have someone take the gifts/cards to a car or safe place before leaving on the boat. Then no space issue.

Post # 10
7360 posts
Busy Beekeeper

Why aren’t you comfortable with a card box? They’re expected, they’re relatively small, and there are hundreds of styles to choose from. 

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