(Closed) Do I need to have a card box? Did anyone skip it?

posted 6 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

That’s potentially a lot of money to just have sitting around. I’ve never been to a wedding that didn’t have one. We just rented ours from the florist.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I have no plans to use a card box, but I’m also interested in hearing from people who did or didn’t and how it worked out!

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I’ve actually been wondering the same thing.  Do I need one?  If so, where do I get one?

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I think you need something – there were a ton of cards, many of which had cash in them.  I wouldn’t want them just laying around in a pile on a table, to possibly fall off a table or get picked up by an unscrupulous person.  It doesn’t have to be fancy or expensive, you can wrap a regular gift box in wedding paper & cut a slit in the top or use a nice basket you already own.  I think mine cost $12 and I embellished it with some ribbon and a bow off a gift that was delivered to my house.

Post # 7
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012

I can’t imagine not having one for one reason – that’s a lot of money potentially just sitting out there. Ours wasn’t just a card box, it was bigger. We kept it and it’s actually become “wedding storage” for random stuff we aren’t getting rid of.

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Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Keeping an eye on this thread for ideas. Did anyone use a regular mail box? Fiance thinks it’s kind of silly, but I like the idea because we could use it for our home (when we buy one, hopefully 3-6 months after the wedding) 🙂

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I say no. Some wedidngs have them others have parents or someome else hold on to them for the bride and groom.

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I’ve been to many weddings that didn’t have a card box, so they definitely aren’t a necessity. We are having such a small destination wedding that we won’t be having one ourselves.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@Lacelibs:  I’ve seen posts elsewhere of a mailbox being used, including this hilarious card monster: http://offbeatbride.com/2010/06/wedding-card-box-nom-monster

Maybe I should make a separate post with this, but have any of you felt like having a card box was, well, gift-grabby? I am definitely not trying to say that I mean it that way of anyone else, it’s just that Fiance and I are not expecting a lot of gifts, period, let alone cash gifts, and I definitely don’t want a huge box implying that ther should be a lot of cards given at our small, low-key wedding. Hmm.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Where would people put their cards if you didn’t have a card box? All but 3 of our gifts were cards with money, so I’d say it’s definitely something we needed.  My dad actually made our box for us, using some ribbons and other small silk decorations from my bridal shower wishing well. The box is now being used to store our cards and other wedding items.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I just had an unmarked basket, and had one of my parents put an envelope in it before the wedding. It wasn’t huge or conspicuous or gift-grabby, but if people had a card, they figured it out. 🙂 

Post # 14
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I used a bird cage that I got on clearance for a few bucks and dressed it up a bit.  I don’t necessarily think that you need a box, but a secure place for cards is prob the best policy.  Better safe than sorry, IMO, I have heard many stories about stolen cards.

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

You could go a really simple route. We had a basket with sand in it for cards. I didn’t have a sign, because it made me uncomfortable, but my mom and I put a decoy card in it, so people who had cards could see what it was for. 

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I think you need someplace for cards to “land” so people know what to do with them, but it doesn’t necessarily need to be a box. It could even be an simple tray you write “cards” on, but otherwise, guests might be confused as to where cards should go. The one wedding I’ve attended without a card box or gift table actually had a “gift attendant” employed by the venue to whisk away cards and presents to a storage room as guests arrived.

I really, really don’t care about a card box, but my Future Mother-In-Law loves crafts and immediately jumped in to volunteer when she heard I had no interest in making/finding one myself. I’d say this is your chance to delegate.

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