How to Collect Cards at Your Wedding
Congratulations! You’re going to tie the knot! Now that you’ve started planning your wedding, you will need to think about how you are going to collect cards at your wedding. You have several options, including collecting cards in a designated space, having someone collect them for you, or collecting them from guests yourself. Whatever method you choose, make sure you have security measures in place to prevent theft of cards at your wedding.
Creating a Wedding Card Box
Use a secure card box.If you choose to collect cards using a card box, make sure it is secure. Choose a card box that has a lock. The card box should have a single slit in the top. It should remain locked throughout your wedding festivities. Give the key to a family member or friend you trust, and arrange for this person to place the card box in a secure location after the event.
Match the box to the wedding theme.If you are creating a box to collect cards at your wedding, consider matching it to your wedding theme. For example, if your theme echoes a royal British wedding, consider using a quaint British letter box. Or, if your wedding has a whimsical forest theme, decorate your card box with moss and tree branches.
- For example, try using a wedding-themed piñata as a card collection box.
Include photographs on your card collection box.Adding photographs to your card collection box is a great way to personalize what could otherwise be a bland, run of the mill secure white card box. You can place photos of you and your spouse on or around the box to add some personal flair.
Collecting Cards in a Designated Space
Designate a secure space where guests can place cards.Having a special place where guests can leave cards means they won’t get lost or damaged during your reception. It also allows guest to drop off cards at the beginning of the event, rather than carrying them around until the evening’s end. If you choose to collect cards in a card box, make sure you place the box in a secure location that is also accessible to guests.
- Place the card box on a table that is not near any of the exits, which will make it more challenging for a thief to make a mad dash with your cash.
Decorate the space.You can use the same table as a place for your guest book and as a drop-off place for gifts other than cards, or you can designate an entirely different space for guests to leave their cards. Make it clear that guests should place their cards there. For example, you can decorate with a creative sign that reads, "Cards." You can also decorate the space with photos of the couple, flowers, or any other decor that matches your wedding theme.
Ask someone to secure the card collection site.If you decide to collect cards out in the open, such as in a card box or on a card table, make sure you have someone watching over the space. Cards often contain cash and can be easily snatched by a wedding thief. Having someone keep an eye on your cards can prevent theft.
- Try asking a trusted friend, family member, or wedding staff to watch over the card box.
Collecting Cards In-Person
Appoint a gift attendant.Ask a trusted friend to be the appointed collector of cards at your wedding. Instead of displaying cards out in the open, such as on a gift table, ask your friend to take cards from the guests. Have your gift attendant store the cards in a secure place, such as a locked room, until the end of the festivities.
Ask venue staff to collect cards.If you don’t want to set up a table to collect cards at your wedding, you can ask your wedding planner or venue staff to collect them for you. Let your wedding planner or staff at the venue where you are holding your wedding know that you want them to collect the cards during your reception.
Collect the cards yourself.Consider ditching the card table altogether. Instead, drop a line in your invitation that tells guests you will be visiting each table during the reception and collecting cards in person. This will give you quality time with your guests and allow you to maintain personal control over the cards.
Thank your guests.Make sure you take time during your wedding festivities to thank your guests, especially as you collect the cards. Take time to chat with your guests individually as you collect the cards, and make sure you vocally show your gratitude for their cards.
Place the cards in a secure place after collection.Whether you collect the cards yourself, or ask wedding staff to do it for you, it is important that your cards end up in a secure spot after collection. This can be a secure hotel room or a locked vehicle.
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