Post # 1
I’m debating if I want to make a card box or just buy a bird cage and attach a cute sign that says “Cards”. Then I realized that I don’t even remember seeing card boxes at any of the weddings I’ve been to.
Is having a card box “gift-grabby”? I’m not trying to be, I just want a convenient safe place for people to put their cards if they happen to bring us one. Did you have a card box? If so, can I see a picture of it please?
Post # 3
Yes, we had one, and it was well used and needed. It gave everyone (guests and us) peace of mind that cards weren’t getting lost in the shuffle or taken by venue staff. The gift table did get a little jostled and then when everything got packed up at the end of the night, it was nice to know easy-to-lose cards were all in one place.
I do not see it as gift-grabby at all – certainly no moreso than having a gift table. It’s there for their use if they have something they’d like to put down.
Post # 4
I dont see how it could be gift grabby… i mean.. people bring cards, they would bring them even if you didn’t have a card box.
I’m just doing a small birdcage though.
Post # 5
Thanks! I guess I just see bees who think that almost everything having to do with gifts is “gift-grabby” but what you guys said makes a lot of sense. Now I just have to figure out what my card box will be!
Post # 6
Ok mentioning Gifts… is totally different from having a spot available where Guests who choose to bring them along have to drop them… the latter is to make things easier on your Guests as in “Where would you like me to put this?”
(altho according to proper Etiquette… they would have sent their gift on ahead of the Wedding to whatever address was where the RSVP was going… or was mentioned on your Wedding Website as your future address / contact point)
We ourselves had a Best Wishes / Card Box… where people could drop their Envelopes… or write out a Post Card for us (we had a Travel Theme).
It was a vintage looking cardboard suitcase (got it from Michaels)… they had various styles.
Sadly I’d have to say it was “under used”… as most cards stayed attached to the Boxed Gifts that ended up on the Gift Table (makes sense). And not that many people utilized our Post Cards / Guest Book option… that part made me really sad. I wished more folks had taken the time to do that. Truly think that a lot of folks don’t get the concept of an Alternative Guest Book.
Not the end of the world though… the Suitcase Card Box did look pretty as an element of our cordinated decor.
PHOTO – Is not mine. But it shows an example of a Michaels Cardboard Suitcase (Travel Themed Suitcase) that works great as a Card Box. Also a great item in that you can use it later to store Wedding Mementos in.
Hope this helps,
Post # 7
@This Time Round: That is so cool! I’ve seen those at Michaels in different colors and was considering using one as well! Did you just leave it propped open?
Post # 8
We arent having one, but we are only having 22 guests.
Post # 9
TO @MrsBeck: (read my post again, I edited it to add a few more details)
YES, we left it popped open, and had a pretty sign for the top half that said “Best Wishes & Cards”
Then we had the Post Cards in a small similarly themed “trunk” nearby and an assortment of pens etc.
From what I saw, folks saw the Post Cards (alternative Guest Book) and maybe even read the instructions “Send us your Best Wishes… so we can frame them later”, but not many actually did so.
Then again, ours wasn’t a typical Wedding… we Eloped and this was at our Back Home Reception.
PLUS the fact that as Mr TTR are Encores… our Guest List was an older crowd (40s, 50s, 60s) so I assume some folks didn’t GET THIS non-traditional Guest Book
(Having recently been at a Funeral / Celebration of Life with much of the same crowd… where the “traditional” Guest Book was passed about the room spontaneously)
Oh well c’est la vie.
As I said, it looked pretty / went with our decor. And served well for the 10 or so envelopes that did use it.
The Postcards that we collected from our Pre-Wedding & Honeymoon Trip of a Lifetime are not lost… they’ll still get framed for our home, just that it won’t be between double sided glass so the messages on the back would have been available for reading.
Post # 10
We didn’t have one because I don’t like the look of them, but I don’t think they are gift grabby, at all.