Wedding Gifts

September 17

DIY: Card and Gift Box

Even if guests send wedding gifts ahead of time, it’s likely that you’ll have some card-carriers showing up to the reception. Give them a cute place to stash well wishes with this DIY card box. Play with papers and patterns to match your theme, and wow guests when you tell them that you made it yourself.


  • Cardboard shipping box (one without a lid works best)
  • Paper of your choosing. We went with a gorgeous ombre striped option.
  • Ribbon in a complementing color
  • Exacto knife and scissors
  • Spray adhesive
  • Ruler

Step 1: Prep the Box

Tape the box shut using a strong, sturdy tape that will hold well. Then, use your exacto knife to cut a slit big enough to fit the cards through, and measure how far the end of your slit is from each side of the box so you know exactly where to cut after you wrap the box with paper.

Step 2: Wrap It Up Pretty

Use spray adhesive and wrap box—like you would a gift—with your paper. Measure in the same distance and use your exacto knife to cut a slit from the paper.

Step 3: Add the Embellishments

Lastly, use your ribbon (or raffia, or whatever you find and love) to embellish the box—we did a double wrap and added a double bow. Be sure to tuck and glue your ribbon into the card opening for a clean, luxe look. Pretty… and pretty simple to make!

If  you try this idea yourself, or if you have any DIY ideas to share, send your photos to and we’ll post them for all of our fans and followers.


April 13

Bride’s Diary: Registry Madness!

Wedding Paper Divas is bursting with staff grooms and brides-to-be who are currently planning their weddings. We’re happy to share their stories with you as a part of this fun feature!

It is now five months before the wedding, and I am now thinking all about my wedding registry. My fiancé David and I have lived together for over six years, so honestly, what do we need? A new set of dishes perhaps? Bedding? A new coffee table? Sounds good to me!

We have decided to register at Pottery Barn, Macy’s and Target. I’m not going to lie, I have my eye on several things.  Here is a sneak peek into my registry…

I am registering for that fabulous vintage trunk from Pottery Barn which will be used either as a coffee table or at the foot of our bed:

My fiancé David and I are big entertainers, so we thought the platter below from Pottery barn was also a must-have!

Here are two of my absolute faves that we registered for from Target:

Hope you enjoyed my little preview, and I can’t wait to check in again on my wedding planning soon!

Meet Alison

Alison met David over six years ago while attending the University of Oregon. Alison and David are grateful for everything that they have gone through together while dating, since it has made them stronger and molded them into the couple that they are today.

David proposed to Alison at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco and they are excited to get married August 25, 2012 in Atherton, CA.


August 13

Can We Ask for Cash Instead of Gifts? Today’s Diva Dish

For whatever reason, some couples would rather collect cash than gather gifts from their wedding guests. Take this stressed out reader, for instance:

Dear Divas,

My fiance and I have been living together for quite a while, so we’ve already set up house. We don’t need any of the things people normally register for, so we were hoping to encourage our guests to donate money to our honeymoon instead. Is that appropriate?

Thanks for your help!

Honeymoon Hannah

Dear Hannah,

Thanks for writing in! We know this is a common question that many engaged couples share, so we are glad you voiced your concern. The truth of the matter is that you shouldn’t request any type of gift at all on your invitations—by including your registry information (even on an enclosure card!) you make it seem as though guests must bring gifts in order to attend. Although adding registry information to wedding invitations has become more common in recent years, it is most certainly frowned upon as a sign of poor etiquette.

Instead, we recommend trusting your bridesmaids and family members to spread the word about where you are registered (or your preference for cash) in a tactful way. You can also include this information on your wedding website (Wedding Paper Divas offers websites to match your invitations for free!) with a link to your registry.

As far as requesting cash goes, it’s perfectly understandable. There are elegant ways to show people that you are saving for your honeymoon as well, including online honeymoon registries that people can use to submit their donations.

We do suggest that you register for a few things you could use, however, because some people simply don’t feel comfortable giving cash as a gift. Maybe there are some new linens you had your eye on, or a new set of wine glasses you could use? For some of your guests, it will be nice to have that option.

Good luck with the rest of your wedding planning!

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May 3

Recessionista Wedding Gifts

No matter the budget, there’s no question that weddings can be a pricey proposition for the bride and groom. But being a guest can come with its own set of financial pressures—between the showers, bachelor and bachelorette parties, bridesmaid dresses, travel and more, the costs can really start to add up! So if you’ve got an abundant summer wedding schedule and are looking for affordable gifts without the cheap, check out these options to keep your bank account—and your reputation—in good standing.

Most newlyweds have a long list of thank you’s to dish out following their wedding. Help them get started with fun and fitting personalized stationery! I love this design from our Signature Collection.

If they’ll be on the move after their nuptials, you could offer to gift them chic moving announcements of their choice. I recently used this delightful one from our parent site Tiny Prints for myself!

Crafty? Put your DIY savvy to work with a one-of-a-kind handmade gift. An artful guest book or beautifully knitted afghan for their new home will not only save you money, but will certainly stand out. Not the crafty type? Find someone to do it for you! Ask around or saunter on over to Etsy if you don’t know anyone firsthand. Just make sure to leave an ample time frame, big projects like these can take up to several months.

If you’re shopping online, Amazon, Crate & Barrel Outlet and are your friends, especially if you are using the couple’s registry.  Three websites with one common theme: great deals on things sold elsewhere.

Memories always serve a priceless gift, so if you captured some amazing moments from the wedding, wrap it up in a package that matches their particular taste for a gift they’ll always cherish! A gorgeous custom photo book from Wedding Paper Divas or these simply elegant oversized mat frames from Pottery Barn are each totally thoughtful without being overwhelming.

Know a couple with a flair for photography? I can’t get enough of these unique Lomography cameras! There are many out there to choose from, and prices start as low as $10. Plus, what’s not to love about the timeless aesthetic they produce?

Sometimes even the smallest contribution makes a big difference. In the face of an unfriendly economy, giving gift cards to a favorite market or gas station will not be frowned upon! Lastly, going in together with friends is always a great way to save money without skimping on a nice gift.

Just remember, if you were invited to their wedding, they probably don’t want you to go broke as a result. With a bit of research and resourcefulness, you can find a sweet and stylish gift that’s easily within your budget. Because as the saying goes, “If there’s a will, there’s a way!”


December 12

Rant or Rave: Can You Ask for Cash?

Everyone knows the economy is a little rocky right now, and many couples planning their weddings are feeling the pinch. You might look at your list of expenses for the venue, caterers, florists, dresses, suits, gifts, favors, travel and honeymoon (just to name a few!) and want to scream! But would that compel you to ask for “Cash Gifts” on your wedding invitation?

What would compel you to ask for cash? Is there an appropriate way to do so? What do you think? Do cash requests make you want to rant or rave?