Post # 1
The last few weddings I’ve been to have had a gift-shapped card box with a slot in it. I don’t feel comfortable having one at our wedding, but am concerned guests will bring cards and wonder what to do with them. I’m going to have a clutch purse, but putting cards in it feels very Godfather (movie) to me.
I’d rather folks did not bring gifts at all to the wedding–we are getting married in a state room on a boat, and space is going to be a premium anyway–but there’s only so much we can do.
Anyone have a graceful solution?
Post # 3
Most likely guests will still either bring gifts or cards, it’s best to set aside at least a small area to put them.
Post # 4
Yeah, no matter what you tell your guests, there will always be some people that bring gifts and cards, so it’s better to just have a place for them than have to deal with it every time someone has a gift or card they don’t know what to do with. Sorry, I know that’s not very helpful. Maybe you can just have a small area in the corner that has multiple levels for gifts? Like maybe shelving of some sort. That way it takes up less space than a table but would still be enough room to hold the gifts.
Post # 5
Have someone man a table with a guestbook at the entrance to your reception. Have a nice box, but pt it out of sight. Cards can be handed to the person manning the table. They can nicely thank the guest, direct them to sign the book and put the cards in the box.
Post # 6
I understand your dilemma! Unfortunately I think you will need something centralized for guests to place cards. It certainly does not have to be a “box” per say, but something where a guest will feel safe leaving a card (with money probably). People sort of expect card boxes so I’m sure most would hunt the box down rather than come to you directly to give the card- no one wants to bother the bride!
And of course no one wants guests to bring actual gifts to the wedding- most people know to have presents shipped- but there will be several who do. Would there be a secure closet or back room where presents can be stored for you to take home later?
Post # 7
If you don’t have a card box guest will wonder where to put the card, (with cash!). They’ll either be hunting you or your groom down to give these to you and you’ll certainly lose track of all of them through out the evening. A cardbox is easy and convenient for you and for the guests.
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Post # 9
Yup – you need a designated space for cards. And gifts. Because no matter what you say, people will bring them. If you’re worried about space, could you have the gift table and the guest book table on the dock by the boat so that the guests do that as their entering? Then have someone take the gifts/cards to a car or safe place before leaving on the boat. Then no space issue.
Post # 10
Why aren’t you comfortable with a card box? They’re expected, they’re relatively small, and there are hundreds of styles to choose from.