A gift table is a necessary part of every wedding—after all, your wedding guests will have traveled from near and far to celebrate your big day, and most will come bearing a congratulatory card or present. This small but important space should be anything but an afterthought as the last thing you want is for your guests to be uncertain about where to leave their gifts. A side table placed in a prominent location—perhaps near the table assignments or adjacent to the wedding guest book or cake display—will do the trick. But there are plenty of creative takes out there that feel more inspired and connected to your wedding style and will transform this wedding day necessity into a fresh display.
For couples who'd rather have a wedding gift table that feels like an intentional part of their overall wedding décor, we've found six great ideas to spark your inspiration.
1. Antique Gift Wagon
Fall weddings beg for rustic décor details. This antique wagon was painted and transformed into a clever gift table for an outdoor bash, but we think wagons of all sorts of shapes and sizes could work for this purpose (once they've been cleaned up a bit).
You know you've got a winning wedding gift table when it can do double-duty as a photo op backdrop.
2. Decorative Glass Box
A decorative box is always a pretty pick for your wedding gift table, and when it comes to options for shapes and sizes, your choices are practically endless. This shabby-chic painted glass option feels ideally suited for beach, seaside and nautical-inspired weddings, as well as tropical destination weddings, too.
3. Vintage Ballot Box
Consider purchasing or renting a vintage or antique item, such as a stylish suitcase, hatbox or even an antique ballot box (pictured above). Any of these mid-sized items are ideal for cards and perfectly complement a rustic-themed wedding.
Vintage or antique finds that you use for décor can also stand in for your "something borrowed" for your wedding day.
4. Ornate Birdcage
It couldn't be easier for guests to slip their cards through the bars of a pretty, decorative birdcage, that can share a table with ceremony programs (or even your wedding escort cards). Complete with a floral sign and bird accents, this antique piece works perfectly for a garden-inspired wedding.
5. Fairy Tale-Inspired Chariot
For a fairy-tale wedding fit for a princess, nothing could be more perfect than a chariot gift table to match. Adorned with baby's breath and a hand-calligraphed sign, this pretty wedding gift table will surely draw eyes all evening long.
Not into baby's breath? There are plenty of florals out there that would create a similar effect. Once you've found your perfect card vessel, bring it into your florist for a creative brainstorming session.
6. Table Top Terrarium
Trendy succulents and terrariums have been making a big splash in the wedding world, so it's no surprise they've made their way to the wedding gift table, too. This detail feels thoughtful and intentional, plus it's a great way to tie in your florals when you're going for more of a desert-inspired wedding.