(Closed) Is a card box necessary?

posted 8 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
Hostess
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

We didn’t have a card box.  People left their cards on the gift table.  We were alone at the venue so we didn’t have to worry about random people stealing our stuff.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

We didn’t do one, and it worked out completely fine.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

I guess it depends on where your reception is. Ours is at a hotel so we will deff be doing one. Its also easier for the person taking care of your gifts.

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I was wondering this, too. Someone gave us a card box, so I have one to use. Don’t most people put a card in with a present? Or mail the card to your house? I have never seen a card box at a wedding.

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

we got a lot of cards with cash/checks in them. it was a lot easier to have them all in one place in the card box/bird cage so we wouldn’t lose any.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I would say that 75% of what we received at the wedding was cards with cash/cheques/gift cards, so the card box was a huge help as far as keeping it all together, and it kept guests from trying to hand us the cards directly.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

People may not decide to follow the registry and instead choose to give a cash gift.  I would have a place for cards just in case.

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2011

I would be very confused about what to do with a card if there was no box.  I would not want to leave it on a gift table because it’s small and can get lost.

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

A place to securely store cards-yes.  A frilly, feathery color-coordinated monstrosity-no.  Unless you are being married at an upscale hotel or country club where a consierge can collect the cards (and there WILL be cards), you need something.  (I found the consierge thing VERY weird btw.)  Grab a cheap birdcage from Homegoods and stick a luggage lock on it.  I wish I still had mine-I’d have given it to you.  Them sh*ts expensive! Smile  Better yet, see if a friend who is married will lend you one or even make a request on the local boards here.

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Yes it was necessary for us.  We got so many cards filled with cash and checks.  I’m glad people had one secure place to put them.  My BFF didn’t have one, and she ended up losing several cards (people thought they gave it to so-and-so, but so-and-so didn’t have it, etc etc).

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

You should at least have a basket. Alot of people don’t send gifts but they will bring a card and it needs to be placed somewhere so it doesn’t get lost. I was a guestbook attendant at many weddings as a kid and never once seen a box or birdcage but open baskets worked just fine and there was no risk of anything getting stolen, contrary to belief.

Post # 14
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

I agree with the majority of the posters. It is more of a convenience for your guests, but you don’t have to go all out on one. I made our from a wooden chest that I got from Joanns. I just varnished it and made a little sign for it. After the wedding we will use it as decoration and for storage of small things. It goes with our decor.

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I never bring a gift to a wedding.  I ALWAYS give a card with a check inside.  I give a gift at the shower, but I don’t like having to lug a gift to the reception (plus, I always feel like the couple would probably prefer the check than the gift anyway).  Almost every wedding I’ve ever been to has had a card box of some kind (maybe it’s a “regional” thing).  As a guest who always brings a card and never a gift to wedding receptions, card boxes give me a warm fuzzy feeling becasue I know my card/check is safely stashed somewhere and won’t get misplaced, overlooked, or lost on the gift table.  That being said, I don’t think it’s necessary or required… Do whatever you want.  It could be a way to add a creative detail to your reception if you’re into DIY projects… but if you’re stressing over it, forget the idea alltogether and have the guests leave their cards on the gift table.

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

We arent having one and I have never seen one at a wedding. Our venue is private and we will be the only ones there so I am not worried about this at all. If people cant figure out what to do with the card theyll probably hand it to us and then I’ll hand it to my mom or Future Mother-In-Law.

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