Lovely Advice: Do I Need to Make a Sign For the Cardbox?

by jacin on July 21, 2011

{Jonas Peterson via Ruffled}

Happy Thursday, you pretty people! I hope your week is treating you well so far - and hey, tomorrow is Friday, so life is good, right? I have been busy crafting away for Mel’s wedding that I am designing/planning in Cabo next week (AKA taking all of her amazing lovely little details and bringing her vision to life so she can enjoy her wedding getaway) and I am getting more and more excited to hop on the plane, suitcase full of mercury glass tealights and decor!

Today I had a quick tip for you, something that was posed by one of you lovely readers last week. The question was: do I need to put a sign on the card box, so people know where to put the gift cards at the wedding?

Here’s my take on it: If you have a unique box for cards like the vintage suitcase above, it could be pretty to jazz it up with some signage so people know where to put the envelopes, but, in my opinion, you could also achieve this by using the “decoy” card. In the bridal kit that I bring onsite for all of my couple’s weddings, I always bring a decoy card: AKA a card (outside of the one that goes with my gift to the bride & groom) that can be placed inside the birdcage, vintage suitcase, wine crate, or whatever unique box you’re using, so other people know right away where to put theirs. This is a subtle hint to those who are wondering where to put the envelopes, and reduces the need for you to make a sign, which I know many of you have said makes you slightly uncomfortable (as if you’re assuming people will bring cards). The decoy takes care of any questions or confusion, so your pretty cardbox can go sign-free :)

Have you had any awkward situations for the big day that you aren’t sure how to handle? Or have any advice based on your own experience? Let us know (or post on the Facebook page) and we can tackle them all together!

© lovely little details

{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

Brit @ Landlocked Bride July 21, 2011 at 7:59 AM

Hah - I do the same thing! I always give them one little card (my decoy card) to put in the card container (whatever it is).

I definitely agree with having a sign if it is a unique container. Plus, it’s a cute way to get creative.


Bri {BeeBeeBisous} July 21, 2011 at 8:16 AM

May I just say how cute that suitcase is???


Kristina July 21, 2011 at 10:02 AM

I really like the idea of the decoy card. We are using an old fashioned picnic basket. My fiance’s grandparents used the same one when they were dating. We were going to hang a card sign but I like the decoy as well. Such a good idea!


Tiffany July 21, 2011 at 10:26 AM

After you told me about the decoy card, I immediately found a card that I had in my card stash, wrote our names on it and put it in the box and stowed it away..I didn’t want to forget about your wonderful little idea!!! Thanks so much for that!! :)


Jessica July 21, 2011 at 12:00 PM

A decoy card is such a smart idea!!


Lena July 21, 2011 at 12:35 PM

Jacin, I think a decoy card is a genius idea-how clever! Have a wonderful time this weekend!


Courtney July 21, 2011 at 1:23 PM

Brilliant! {and jealous of your little trip!}


Faith July 21, 2011 at 4:02 PM

that suitcase idea is brilliant! it surprises me everyday what people come up with!

you are going to have a blast in Cabo … i am soooo jealous!!!


alicia@Charitywedding July 21, 2011 at 4:33 PM

That suitcase is adorable! Perfect advice! I don’t think it is awkward to have a sign as obviously people will bring cards, I think it is more awkward for guests if they aren’t sure where to put them!


Jenna E July 21, 2011 at 4:55 PM

I love that card box!! Brilliant! Thanks :)


The Perfect Palette July 21, 2011 at 8:03 PM

the decoy card is so smart. great tip!

xoxo, chrissy
The Perfect Palette


Miss Tattoo July 22, 2011 at 8:50 AM

Awesome idea! I never thought of a decoy card!


herestoyouweddingsandevents July 23, 2011 at 1:52 PM

Okay, I have now added a “decoy” card to my Emergency Kit that I have on hand for the Bride and Groom, thanks for the brilliant tip! ‘



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