Little box of Gratitude1We’re in the trenches of wedding season now and most couples are planning and designing their last minute items. Seating charts, favors, place cards and a nicely decorated box to hold cards generously given by guests.

There is a movement towards making these boxes no ordinary boxes- couples know that cards not attached to a gift primarily contain money (the gift of choice of today’s generation) and since they become a focal point of the gift and signing table, ideas abound about how to make this miniature bank vault as pleasing to the eye as possible.

If you are trying to spruce up your card box, I have a few recommendations. First of all, consider your guest count and the placement of this box. Do not keep it in a separate room from you if at all possible. We don’t want to think the worst, but it can and does unfortunately happen. Things get taken and this is made easier if valuables are left out of sight. If yours is not easy to see and keep track of during the reception, I highly recommend it be as difficult to reach into as possible. If it can be locked in any way, this is also advantageous. Here are a few ideas of card boxes where the card is slipped into the slot and then unseen by guests. No one knows how many are there and there is less temptation. It also can make guests feel more comfortable, which is always important!

You might consider something like in gorgeous ivory satin, or what about this classy Little box of Gratitude2black and white beauty?  This under-the-sea themed box is really gorgeous too.

If this isn’t a concern for you and the box is being kept close at hand or you aren’t a fan of the “closed box” idea,  here are some other beautiful ideas
where cards can be placed and displayed!  Using an old suitcase as an open card box is such a cute idea and you can customize it with a hanging wooden sign or even a cool little bunting banner. Or go totally unique and fun with a mailbox-turned-card-box!

On this note, it’s important to remember that guests are under no obligation to give you money or a gift at all. We must be gracious brides whose guests’ presence is present enough. However, it is highly uncommon in this day and age for a guest to show up without a gift or card for the new couple and for that, we must show our gratitude, no matter the cost.

There are many ways we can thank our guests both at the reception as well as afterward (thank you cards are to be sent within 3 MONTHS of the wedding please!) Here are some fun unique ways to thank your guests for being a part of your day and for their generosity.

Some comfy shoes for them to dance the night away!Little box of Gratitude4Little box of Gratitude6Some games for guests with small children to keep them entertained while the adults have some fun!

A take-away jar for easy refills and a cute keepsake!

Remember, your special day is for celebrating your new marriage with your friends and loved ones. It’s a time to be happy, thankful for wonderful love and joyful to be surrounded by the most important people in your life.

Remembering this above everything else means that every gift is just icing on the top of your delicious wedding cake!

Happy planning!

Chelsea

Chelsea Roy