(Closed) Anyone ever worry about someone stealing your cards?

posted 9 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
1679 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I remember a thread about this…someone had a locked box because of their concerns.

Post # 4
1370 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

YES!  Totally thought of this (I have drug users in my family also who have already stolen the inheritence of their siblings) and we are having a locked chest for cards.  It will also be at the front of the room due to the layout of the area, that way one can walk out of the hall with anything unnoticed.

Post # 5
1523 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I’m nervous!  My one side of the family are Gypsies (no joke).  Unfortunately, they are not the most trust worthy of people.  My mom’s mohter (I refuse to call her my grandmother) is the worst!  I am using a birdcage but I am paying my little brother to keep watch.  I thought about using a box but I’ve read stories where people have stolen the entire box though!

Pretty sad, isn’t it?

Post # 6
10713 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2012

Could you put a very small gold or silver lock on the bird cage?

How about one of these?

Post # 7
80 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Yes I am and it’s because I have heard that this is happening more and more frequently (that’s why they are now weighting card boxes, just likes safes).  In fact, I ACTUALLY WITNESSED it happen at a friend’s wedding.  (The bride and groom saw it happen too, so it was their issue to deal with that guest directly).

Our venue recommends that the card box stay out until people are seated for dinner, then it is moved to a safe location (locked away somewhere out of sight) and any cards that have not been placed in the box can be given directly to bride/groom’s parents (whoever you want it to be).

I have heard that this is a particularly BIG problem at venues that are also public locations and those that have more than one wedding at the same time.  Make sure your gift table is IN YOUR RECEPTION ROOM and get someone you trust to remove the card box before dinner is served.

Post # 8
907 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I went to a wedding recently where there was no place for cards. They had to be handed directly to the bride/groom or their parents. Not a bad idea, if you ask me.

Post # 9
1842 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I plan on having the guest book attendants watch the card box during the actual ceremony and then it will be moved indoors for the reception.  We will leave it on the gift table for the very start of the reception (as people come in, if they have a card to drop off) but after a short while, one of my attendants will take the bird cage and lock it up in one of our cars.  If anyone has a card later in the evening, they can give it directly to us.

Post # 10
46 posts
  • Wedding: May 2011

I’ve also been mulling over this card box dilemma.  My DOC has reccommended NOT having it locked in a car, but I’m wondering where is a good place for it to be?  Is it safe just sitting with a guest? or would it be safe locked up in the bridal salon??

Post # 11
1326 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Tre Bella, Mesa, AZ

Our card box was fine locked in the bridal salon. We do have one missing card, but I’m following up on it, and I’m not sure the guest put it in the card box.

Post # 12
2495 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 1991

I worried about that too, so we moved our box in the middle of the reception and my DOC from our church watched it for us.  We had DH’s parents take the gifts and cards back to their house so we could open them later, and all our cards arrived there safely.

Post # 13
4801 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Most weddings I have been to have the card box near the guest book on a separate table, with an attendant sitting there. Choose someone you trust to do that and that person will make sure that the card box goes to a safe spot before dinner and can even take it home with them.  You could pick it up later.

Just make sure it’s someone you trust.  I remember reading a story on here about a bee whose sister stole her wedding money 🙁

Post # 14
5117 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Yup! I will be setting up our gift table, card box, and guest book within our reception area rather than in the main area of the venue. Our guest book attendants will keep a watch on it until our coordinator locks it up or we have Mr.ND’s folks run them home (haven’t decided what we feel safest with). 

Since the box we recieved as a gift is too hard to place a lock on due to its design, I plan to pin it to the tablecloth (in the back, were folks won’t see it). Then, if someone tries to walk off with it, it’ll be VERY obvious. We’ll tell the coordinator and his folks so it can be unhooked before locking it away.

Post # 15
656 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

Locking it is nice, but they can just pick it up and take it. I saw a girl that put sleigh bells in hers, so that if it moved, she knew!

Post # 16
11163 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

I also attended a wedding where a random person came in the front door and tried to steal the cards. Thankfully someone noticed and chased them out.

My recommendation, whatever you decide to do with the box and a lock don’t put it near the front door, or any door for that matter.

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