At this time of the year, many of you are looking for wedding and anniversary gifts. June is coming up and that’s when the majority of weddings (and thus anniversaries), are celebrated. This special time in one’s life… a life passage… deserves special recognition. A wooden box as a gift or as part of the wedding itself makes the perfect remembrance of this special day and time in one’s life. They can become a gift for the bride, the groom, wedding party gifts, or a memory box that becomes an heirloom remembrance of this special day.
Wooden Boxes Preserve the Memories of This Special Occasion
Not only do wooden boxes make a gift at the time of the wedding, they can become permanent keepsake boxes to preserve the memories of this special occasion. Kept as a wedding memory box they will contain those flower petals, little trinkets, and memorabilia from that special day in your life. Thus, those memories will come alive every time the box is opened. And, they can be passed on as family heirlooms to your daughters and sons to preserve this moment and your memory through time.
Anniversaries – Can’t forget those… the wedding day is honored every year and these are good times to give a wooden box gift to your loved one. Wooden boxes given as anniversary gifts show warmth and affection for the loved one. Keepsake and jewelry boxes make good gifts for your wife. Men’s valets for your husband. While personal gifts, wooden boxes as gifts to commemorate yours or a family member’s anniversary are often displayed prominently in a room setting so others can admire and be drawn to.
Yes, wooden boxes make great wedding and anniversary gifts. They preserve the memories of the moment. As such, they become the couple’s future family heirlooms. It’s all about the feelings passed to the couple and the memories they will hold. A wooden box as a wedding gift is truly a memory box.
Uses for Wooden Boxes During and After the Wedding
In the past few years since I’ve been making wooden boxes for sale at my Rist Wood Works Etsy Shop, I’ve been asked many times; Which of your boxes would make the best wedding gift/anniversary gift? To tell you the truth, there seems no rhyme or reason to answer that question with. I’ve sold every type of wooden box I’ve made as these gifts. What I have noticed is that the type of box you give depends on its use. Some boxes are truly for gifts and some that I have sold have purposes in a wedding ceremony.
The most common uses in the wedding are the engagement ring box (actually before the wedding), and the ring bearer box. The engagement ring box is a single ring and the ring bearer box is for the “ring bearer” to bring both of the rings to where the ceremony is taking place. The ring bearer box shown above serves a dual purpose. The obvious, holds the wedding rings, and after the ceremony, the divider, padding, and satin can be removed and this box becomes a small, memory keepsake box for memories of the wedding itself.
A keepsake box may be used as a wedding card box at the reception. The box can be either a lift lid box or a hinged lid box, what matters is that it’s large enough to hold the cards. Yet, it should be elegant because of the occasion it is to be used in. That’s why I suggest a keepsake box. They are made more decorative, either by the wood grain or inlaid. This will then become a gift to the bride and groom afterward. Wooden wedding card boxes have been a popular use for my boxes at this time of the year.
Most of the boxes I sell in the wedding season are for gifts, as one would imagine. There are the usual gifts for the wedding couple and there are gifts for the bridesmaids, grooms, and parents too. Regardless of whose to receive the boxes, they are personal in their meaning.
Bridesmaid and groomsmen gifts from the wedding couple are usually small, larger than a ring box to around the size of the ring bearer’s boxes above. I do these as custom box requests and purchasers generally buy them in sets of four or some other number than a single box. Most I’ve made have been fairly simple and plain but there are those that have wanted some more ornate designs.
Wedding gifts for the bride and groom tend to be larger and more ornate. I find that most purchases are from family members and very close, intimate friends. The people purchasing these gifts want them to be “special” and express their emotions and feelings towards the wedding couple and life together. These tend to become heirloom boxes that will be passed on to the future generations brought forth from this couple. Jewelry boxes for the bride and men’s valets for the groom tend to be the norm.
Eye catching wooden boxes with highly figured lid panels have sold well for wedding gifts. as well as boxes with decorative trim or more ornate corner joints to add that eye appeal. I guess the point being is that gifts to the bride or groom need to stand out and give the impression that this is an intimate gift for the person or couple. Keepsake boxes tend to dominate the gifts from members outside the family from what I’ve observed.
Boxes engraved with the couple’s initials or names are some of the customization you can have done to a wooden wedding gift box to personalize it. These are done with CNC router and laser engraving machines. They also can add carvings and laser engraved pictures on the box. I currently do not engrave as these machines are out of my present price range. But, fear not…. I’ve found that most towns have an engraver that makes trophies locally. For a charge they will gladly engrave whatever box you bring them.
Wooden boxes make a handsome wedding or anniversary gift. If you’re looking for a good gift to give to that special wedding couple, you can’t go wrong with choosing a beautiful wooden box. It will convene not only your feelings, but will be the gift that last through the memories it holds. There are so many styles and types to choose from. Just think wooden box….