Card boxes (or envelope boxes) are a really good idea to have at a wedding. Unfortunately, while planning our wedding, I had no idea these things were even… things. At our wedding we were handed a few cards by family members and in the hustle and bustle of the day we totally misplaced them. (Major party foul.) To make sure you don't embarrass yourselves the way that we did, think about setting up a card box at your wedding.

Here are some of my favorite options…

Monica&Eric276 Monster card boxes that “eat” your wedding cards are big right now. This fuzzy guy is from Monica & Eric's artsy craftsy Disney infused wedding and it was made by the groom himself.

Card box You can go with something simple, like one of these organizational photo boxes which can come in all colors and sizes to fit in with your wedding. Write “cards” on the box and voila! — quick and easy card box.

Card Box Bird cages make great card boxes. OBT member 2dBride made this for her wedding, “this was just a basic birdcage card box, but I added the gold ribbon and made the sign to go on it.”

Gift card box by Stuart and Michele. I like this old school lunchbox pail from Stuart and Michele's wedding. I also found this badass skull and crossbones lunch pail, perfect for a pirate wedding.

Cardbot just kicked my eyeballs' ass. He's from Rachael and Miles' robot themed wedding. “Some people have a basket for their cards, we had the CARDBOT 3000: Wedding Card Processor of the Future!” And with some cardboard boxes and flexible ducting you too could have Cardbot make an appearance at YOUR wedding.

IMG_1630I feel like this one, from Rachael & Dustin's Goth Buddhist Wedding, may have been made out of a shoe box, which is pretty damn smart. Get an oversized shoe box, cut a slit in the top and decorate to your liking. This one says “thank you” in several different languages, including kitteh.

The card box. This is one of my favorites — Lauren and Nick's card box was hand made from Legos by their friends. What can't Legos make more awesome?

A card box made to look like a stack of books. OBT member Blauenaugen made this from four papier mache book-shaped boxes with the middles cut out, and covered with book cloth.

Here's another creation by an OBT member. Chrissy C explains, “I got the boxes at Solutions, cut some holes in it, added ribbon and jewels. The feathers are held up by gluing them into little holes in a syrophome ball (cut in half and painted black, and small feathers glued on top of it). It took about an hour or so to make it.”

Use a hat box and cut a slit in the top. I found this one on Amazon for cheap and it's perfect to use as a blank canvas to decorate it yourself. Or find one that's already all fancy-like.

And who says card boxes gotta' be boxes? Not I. Do you have a big decorative vase or cool oversized jar laying around the house? Set it out on a table with a message for guests to toss in their cards.

And my favorite idea? A pinata. They come in all sorts of shapes and sizes and they're already hollowed out!

Got any more ideas/tips/suggestions for card boxes? Leave 'em in the comments or upload a picture of your card box to our Flickr Pool (tag it “card box”) and perhaps you'll see it in our next card box roundup!

Comments on 12 creative wedding card boxes

  1. Hello, organizational photo box as card box from my wedding! I’m sure my aunt will be proud that the nickname Weezabet is on the internet now. In other news, that card jar is a beauty!

  2. We’re using a giant fishbowl for cards and a mini fishbowl with chocolates in it for guests to take…..wish i’d thought of a birdcage though! It’s a stunning idea!

  3. It’s too bad mine isn’t done yet – I was planning to submit it whenever the etsy maker finished. It’s a card box and guest book…combined!

  4. These are all great ideas; we’re using a memory box that I gave him years ago when I went to study overseas (I filled it with a note for every day I was gone).

  5. These look wonderful! I would caution couples about using open card boxes because some wedding quests have sticky fingers!! Just something to keep in mind!

    • Do you mean actually sticky, like kids? Cos I don’t think I’ll be wanting to invite anyone who would steal from me!

      • We didn’t have any thieves at our little 60-guest, no bringing a date wedding, but a friend of mine did bring home a lot of opened cards that were supposed to have cash in them and didn’t. She had something like 150 people, a lot of whom were obligatory extended family invites. Just another reason to keep it small and intimate! But I agree, this is good advice if you’re not exactly sure who is going to show up.

        • I found scrap wood and built a box and put decorations on it,that only has a slit in it for cards,after learning some of my sister inlaw had cash & cards stolen from her box…shameful u never know who’s coming,without your invite…specially if there’s FREE FOOD & BOOZE

  6. I have my future father in law making me a card box out of four 8×10 picture frames and some spare wood. After the wedding we can store photos in it and will have a nice 4-sided picture frame. Once it is finished I will post pics!

  7. OMG wOOt!! Was not expecting to see our purple monster card box a second time on Offbeat Bride – what a rocking, awesome surprise! Thank you lots for selecting us again. We are glad OBB liked Eric’s gift card box. Boy, do I have a talented hubby! 😀

  8. yeah, we probably lost a few hundred quid that way at our wedding too. Great post.

  9. The pinata is awesome–assuming that there’s only cards and money in there, you can still smack that with a stick! Money raining from the sky on your honeymoon? YES PLEASE!

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