Post # 1
We’re having a fall themed wedding. At first I wanted to do something like this but with an obviously larger pumpkin that had “Cards” carved into it…
…but then I thought that may be too much. While I love my theme and I’m incorporating it into tons of aspects of our wedding, I sort of thought that this would be going a little overboard. What do you think?
I’ve been looking for some card box inspiration but I’m totally drawing a blank. I do know that I don’t want a traditional card box or birdcage though. I would like something a little offbeat, maybe that we could re-use after our wedding in our home, but also complimentary of our theme. Lately I’ve been thinking about something wood but I can’t seem to picture what I want.
Any suggestions? What did you use for your card box?
ETA: It doesn’t have to be massive. We’re only inviting about 85 people who are mostly all couples/families.
Post # 3
Personally I think the pumpking is kind of offbeat and cool. The only thing I worry about is the cards getting wet because the inside of a pumpkin can be gross.
You could maybe a mini rustic mailbox out of wood or something?
Post # 4
We haven’t completed ours yet, but we are using an antique wooden toolbox. FH is a mechanic and also a gearhead, so we are trying to tastefully incorporate tools and cars into the details 🙂
Post # 5
I think the pumpkin is very cute, but love sceeder’s idea of a rustic mailbox! We used a very tall glass vase – it belonged to our decorator, but you could totally use it again in your home with tall branches or something like that. Her thoughts on using it were that it was tall and placed on a table, so easy to drop cards into but would be very difficult to reach in and take them out… I guess she’s had a number of weddings where people have stolen the cards (!!!). The vase was sold at Michael’s (or any craft store I would think) for around $40 or $50.
Post # 6
@sceeder: Thought about that. As long as the inside is lined with clear platic wrap, it shouldn’t be a problem. The letters aren’t fully carved in so no-one would be able to see the inside anyway.
I love the mailbox idea. I’m gonna run that by FI. Thanks!
@mzjules: Thats a great idea. I’m sure it will be awesome!
@sessaj: Great idea!
Post # 7
They sell fake carvable pumpkins that look very realistic: http://www.funkins.com/
Post # 8
They start selling fall things in the summer, so maybe you’ll be able to find a large “fake” pumpkin you could use! I don’t have a photo, but we purchased a medium-ish unfinished trunk at michael’s, and my dad is going to stain it and put a small lock on it. I wanted something we could potentially keep 🙂 I think the pumpkin idea is so, so cool!
Post # 9
LOVE the carved pumpkin idea. I received this as a gift at our e-party. I LOVE it! We’re getting married on the beach and honeymooning in Orlando, so I think it gives a nod to our HM destination! Coincidentally, it’s a pumpkin too!
Post # 10
I love the idea! =) But I’d go with the FAKE Carvable ones, maybe add the smaller real ones for decor. around it! I just think a real one would begin to soften and smell pretty fast!
Post # 11
I used a fake pumpkin for cards. Originally I was going to cut the top off so people could open it to put cards in but at the last minute I panicked that there wouldn’t be enough room with 160 guests. So I ran to Target and found this gift box in the wrapping paper section for $5. Instead of carving a hole I put thin wooden dowels in the corners to kind of suspend the cover over it and made a slit for people to put the cards through and just set the pumpkin on top.
Post # 12
I like the idea of using a mailbox too. It just seems like a cute idea to put a card in a mailbox.
Post # 13
I agree that the pumpkin is cute, but am concerned about things getting sticky. If you carve it and spray polyurethane spray on it, that might help. That is what florists typically use on decorative pumpkins to seal them and make them shiny. Otherwise finding a fake pumpkin is probably your best bet