Many of your wedding guests will arrive at your wedding bearing cards and gifts, so you'll want to create a spot where they can drop them off. That way, guests won't have to worry about carrying an envelope around all night and can focus on celebrating.
It's also a good idea to designate someone you trust to keep an eye on the cards and presents and then later store them away for safekeeping.
Use this as an opportunity to personalize your wedding day and collect guests' cards in a container that also does double duty as décor. Choose a cute and creative vessel that will complement your overall wedding décor, then position it on your welcome table, right near the ceremony entrance so your guests cannot miss it.
While Etsy is a gold mine for unique, artisan-made wedding card boxes, online shops like Wayfair and Koyal Wholesale can also be an excellent source for keepsake boxes that you can put on display in your home once you're married. With a creative spark and some imagination, you can also DIY your own wedding box. Don't hesitate to hit up your local crafts store or flea market—something as simple as a wire basket or an antique wood lantern can be used to collect cash wedding gifts. Just be sure to add signage to eliminate any confusion among guests.
From repurposed old-school mailboxes and vintage suitcases to an actual lobster trap, here are several creative alternatives to a basic card box.
Shabby Chic and Rustic Wicker Card Box
Fall picnic wedding? This charming wicker card box will look right at home with an idyllic countryside backdrop. It's adorned with lace and comes with a personalized wooden heart. Post-nuptials, you can use it store mementos from your day.
SHOP NOW: Etsy, $53.14
Custom Wood Hand Carved and Painted Pumpkin Card Box
Usher in the spookiest time of year with a ginormous hand-carved birch pumpkin card box that's perfect for a Halloween weekend wedding. Guests will be able to drop their cards through the opening at the top.
SHOP NOW: Etsy, $495
Le Prise Reception Gift Card Holder
The incredibly ornate nature of this gold reception gift card holder makes it perfect for a holiday-themed wedding or any black-tie affair. Shaped like a gift box—and topped with a bow, no less—it'll lend just the right amount of glitz and glamour to your day.
SHOP NOW: Wayfair, $53.99 from $62.99
Personalized Wedding Terrarium Reception Gift Card Holder
Simplicity wins out on this one. This glass terrarium gift card holder (available in gold or rose gold) is both elegant and modern with its fancy gold edging. It can be personalized with two custom lines at no extra cost.
SHOP NOW: Wayfair, $59.99 from $62.99
Celebrate Good Times Piñata
Let the good times roll with a celebratory piñata-turned-money-holder. Have all your guests fill this fringy monster up with cards and cash—and then, at the end of the night, take a good whack at it to collect your earnings.
SHOP NOW: Etsy, $65
White Wedding Card Box
For something that you'll be able to use beyond your wedding day (think: future events and special occasions galore), this rotating wood card box is worth the investment. It can be customized with engagement photos and text to make it a keepsake that you'll cherish for years to come.
SHOP NOW: Etsy, starting at $73.99
Five Gallon Personalized Script Wedding Barrel
Go big or go home with a five-gallon wedding barrel that's sure to be a conversation starter among guests. This bad boy has a light oak finish and can hold up to 250 cards or little notes of wisdom. You can further customize it by adding your first names, last name, and wedding date.
SHOP NOW: Etsy, $195.95
Rustic Wooden Card Box
This handmade wooden card box featuring a burlap banner and card slot will be a match for any rustic-chic barn venue. Available in three sizes (small, medium, and large), it can be further customized with special details pertaining to your nuptials.
SHOP NOW: Etsy, starting at $37.99
Wedding House Card Box
Usher in a future of happiness and prosperity with this adorable wedding card box (err, humble abode). It's powered by LED wire lights so you'll also be able to use it as a nightlight in your home. Everything from the roof color to the cute inscription on the door plate can be customized.
SHOP NOW: Etsy, $150
Nautical Wedding Lobster Trap Card Box
If you're marrying by the ocean or hosting a nautical wedding, continue with the seaside theme by using an old lobster trap as your card holder. The color of the trap and the buoys on this one can even be coordinated to match your wedding palette.
SHOP NOW: Etsy, $60
Be sure to also display a sign so guests know they're supposed to leave their cards inside.
Personalized Wedding Card Mailbox
An old-school galvanized steel mailbox makes for a great wedding card catch-all. Display it open and with the little flag raised upright so guests know to slide their card right in; flowers and a cute sign will help make this card drop-off spot come to life.
SHOP NOW: Etsy, starting at $74.95
Geometric Glass Wedding Card Box
A geometric glass-and-metal card box (available in gold and rose gold) as elegant as this will look aesthetically pleasing on the welcome table. Display it with the lid open so guests know to leave their wedding cards and money envelopes inside.
SHOP NOW: Koyal Wholesale, $51.95
Acrylic Wedding Card Box
Get in on the acrylic décor trend with an elevated clear reception card box (also available in gold and rose gold). This box holds approximately 200 to 250 cards and features a gold latch and lock to keep your valuables safe. The minimalist style will be a match for a mid-century modern or Hollywood glam wedding, especially when paired alongside black and gold balloons.
SHOP NOW: Koyal Wholesale, $49.99
Mini Suitcase Wishing Well
If you're hosting a destination wedding, why not turn a vintage-inspired suitcase into a clever card-collecting container? Prop the suitcase open and have it on display at the welcome table, along with a banner spelling out "cards." This miniature suitcase can be customized with an initial or monogram.
SHOP NOW: Weddingstar, $79.99 from $100
Wedding Card Box Globe
For the adventurous duo who loves to travel, this hand-painted world globe will serve as a unique centerpiece at your wedding. There's a discrete slot at the top for guests to drop in a card or monetary gift. Each globe is made-to-order—everything from the continent color to the finish on the stand can be customized to fit the theme of your nuptials.
SHOP NOW: Etsy, starting at $382
Personalized Wood Recipe Box
We love the idea of being able to repurpose your wedding card box beyond your big day. This shabby-chic wood box can be used to store congratulatory notes (perfect for accomodating a smaller guest list) as well as family recipes once you're hitched. A glass knob is accompanied by a laser engraving of your choice.
SHOP NOW: Etsy, starting at $29.99
Better Homes and Gardens Rustic Wood Lantern
Turn a chic wood-frame lantern into a card-collection vessel for an outdoor or backyard wedding. Guests can open the lantern's latch and drop their well-wishes inside.
SHOP NOW: Walmart, $19.88
Great Gatsby Decor Birdcage Card Holder
Functional and easy on the eyes, this ornate birdcage is a nod to the Roaring '20s. If an art deco theme is what you're after, then this Gatsby-inspired cage will serve as the quintessential card holder. We're pretty sure guests will be smitten with it, too.
SHOP NOW: Etsy, $32.30 from $38
Rustic Wedding Card Box
The design is in the details. This handcrafted wood card box was made for a rustic barn wedding venue. With a burlap "cards" banner front and center, there won't be any mixup regarding the designated card drop-off location.
SHOP NOW: Etsy, $35
Vintage Wire Basket
Sometimes the best ideas are the simplest ones. Repurpose a wire basket for your guests' cards and small gifts; be sure to affix a hand-lettered sign so guests know to drop them inside.
SHOP NOW: Beau-coup, $25.95
Wizards Wedding Post Box
Calling all Potterheads! We know you'll get a kick out of this Hedwig-approved post box that can be personalized with your initials, wedding date, and a symbol. Guests will be transported to Hogwarts as they drop in their congratulatory cards and wedding money envelopes.
SHOP NOW: Etsy, $54
Wood Wedding Card Box
This simple yet elegant laser cut wood wedding card box is the perfect size for an intimate wedding reception (think: family and a few close friends). Display it by the gift table with a bouquet of blooms and some signage, and guests will know what to do.
SHOP NOW: Etsy, starting at $42.50
Rustic Card Box
Having an enchanting garden wedding or a romantic reception under the stars? Manifest your very own happy ending with a fairytale-esque card box that would fit any whimsical woodsy theme. With a hinged lid, your cards will remain safe and sound throughout the day.
SHOP NOW: Beau-coup, $72.75
Geometric Floral Card Box
If you find yourself in a pinch and need a card box at the last minute, this one gets our vote. The mint, pink, white, and gold floral design will look lovely sitting on the gift table or by the dessert spread.
SHOP NOW: Kate Aspen, $7.99 from $22.09
Acacia Wood Thank You Card Box
Commemorate your special day with an engraved wood chest that you'll cherish for years to come. In addition to a front slot for wedding cards, it has a locked latch for one less worry.
SHOP NOW: Things Remembered, $130