Phantom Wishing Well Acrylic Box - Greenery Printing - Ferns Wedding Post Box - Greenery Wedding Theme |

Wedding Post Boxes: 15 Creative Ideas and Alternatives

Wedding post boxes, or “wishing wells”, are used to collect your guests’ wedding cards and well-wishes so that you and your partner can take them home to read through together. Not only are they very practical, but they can also make lovely displays or wedding table decorations at your wedding reception and a treasured keepsake after your wedding day. Here are 15 of our favourite wedding post box ideas!

Post Office Post Boxes - Vicky and Martin’s Amazing Vintage Tea Party in Brighton by Theme-Works Weddings | above: Vicky and Martin’s Amazing Vintage Tea Party in Brighton by Theme-Works Weddings


15 Creative Wedding Post Boxes

Wedding post boxes are usually some kind of container that you can keep all of your wedding cards together in, and couples usually have a box to match their theme and/or colour scheme. You can have anything from versatile birdcages to hollow tree trunks!

1) A Classic Post Box

Classic wedding post boxes are perfect for a country, vintage or retro themed wedding. Imagine a charming red, cylindrical Royal Mail post box or a more squared box like our “Special Delivery” Letter Box.

Classic Post Box - Wedding Post Boxes | above: “Special Delivery” Letter Box

2) Mini Post Boxes

Similarly, these mini tin mailboxes are very sweet. If you like, you could give each of your guests their own mailbox and card to fill and then make a beautiful display or DIY overhang out of them by suspending them from a frame, exposed beam, or tree branch.

Small White Tin Mailbox Favour Container - Post Box Wedding Favour Box - Interesting Favour Box Ideas | above: Small White Tin Mailbox Favour Container with L’amour Peony Garden Post Note Cards and Sea Blue Ribbon

3) A Decorative Book Box

Complete your own love story with one of these lovely boxes made in the shape of a vintage style book. And when it comes to displaying it as a keepsake of your big day it will be right at home on your book shelf.

Romantic Vintage Book Box Set | Romantic Vintage Book Box Set with Modern Fairytale Assorted Wishing Well Cards and Glass Dip Pen Writing Set

4) A Chest

Wooden chests are often very finely made and come with a great lock-and-key feature. Because they come in so many different shapes, styles, and sizes they’re perfect for pretty much any wedding theme too.

Wooden Chest Wedding Post Box - Wedding Card Box with Lock and Key by InesesWeddingGallery on Etsy | above: Wooden Wedding Chest with Lock and Key by InesesWeddingGallery on Etsy

5) A Wooden Crate or Box

Wooden crates and boxes look great as part of a rustic or woodland wedding theme, but since you could also paint them any colour they can work for any wedding theme or colour scheme too.

Wooden Wedding Post Box - Crate Post Box - Wooden Wishing Well Box - Rustic Wedding Post Box by RedAcornInteriors on Etsy | above: Rustic Wooden Wishing Well Box by RedAcornInteriors on Etsy

6) A Suitcase

A suitcase is a very chic post box alternative that looks especially lovely for a wanderlust or vintage wedding theme—we especially love our mini suitcase wishing well, and the paper airplane wedding cards are a lovely final touch. Similarly, you could even use a wicker, picnic-style basket.

Paper Airplane Wedding Stationery | above: Mini Suitcase Wishing Well and Paper Airplane Wishing Well Stationery Set

7) An Acrylic “Phantom” Box

Wedding post boxes don’t have to hide away your guests’ well-wishes. An acrylic “phantom” box puts the wedding cards on full display and offers a beautiful piece of decoration if you fill the bottom of the box with beautiful flowers or leaves.

Phantom Wishing Well Acrylic Box - Greenery Printing - Ferns Wedding Post Box - Greenery Wedding Theme | above: “Greenery Printing” Phantom Wishing Well Acrylic Box with Greenery Printing with Greenery Wedding Libs Wishes / Advice Cards

8) A Decorative Frame

Well-wishes are usually written on cards, but they don’t have to be. Decorative frames are unique wedding post box alternatives that allow guests to write a well-wish on a small, shaped piece of wood that can then be dropped into the frame, and they can be really creative too. Just look at these Death Star and Millennium Falcon inspired frames that are perfect for an elegant Star Wars wedding.

Star Wars Wedding Guest Book Inspiration by Guest Book Crafts on Etsy - Death Star Guest Book Alternative and Millennium Falcon Guest Book Idea | above: Death Star and Millennium Falcon Guest Book Alternatives by GuestBookCrafts on Etsy

9) A Birdcage

Birdcages fit with any wedding theme and are very popular items for crafting stunning DIY centrepieces. They can be made of metal, plastic, and even sturdy cardboard and are fantastic wedding post box alternatives. They’re some of the easiest post boxes to reuse after the wedding too, making beautiful decorations in your home when filled with flowers.

Modern Decorative Birdcage With Birds In Flight - Ivory | Metal Bird Cage - Conservatory Style - Ornate Metal Wedding Birdcage - Wedding Post Box Idea |


Vintage Lace Birdcage Post Box - Card Wedding Bird Cage - Laser Cut Card Wedding Post Box | above: “Birds in Flight” Wedding Birdcage and “Conservatory Style” Wedding Birdcage with Vintage Lace Birdcage Post Box

Summer Wedding Centrepiece Ideas Colourful Flowers in a Birdcage | above: Classic Round Decorative Birdcage

10) A Wishing Well

A wishing well is a very sweet wedding post box that looks beautiful as part of a rustic, woodland, garden, or fairytale themed wedding. Finish it with a garland of leaves or flowers for a gorgeous final look.

Rustic Wishing Well - Wedding Wishing Well by My Dandy Day - Photo by Jonathan David Photography | above: Rustic Wishing Well by My Dandy Day | Photo by Jonathan David Photography

11) A Barrel

Barrels make very sweet, quirky wedding post boxes and look even better when the lid is engraved with names and a wedding date.

Engraved Oak Barrel Wedding Post Box for Gift Cards by Stag Design - Barrel Alternative Wedding Post Box Idea | above: Engraved Oak Barrel Post Box by Stag Design

12) A Tree Stump

If you’d love to go green and have an eco-friendly wedding, you may decide to recycle a recently-fallen tree by taking a section of the tree trunk to make a hollow-tree-stump wedding post box that’s perfect for a woodland wedding theme.

Tree Stump Wedding Post Box DIY by Instructables and Rustic Tree Trunk Post Box by Sweet Pea and Ivy | above: Log Card Box by Instructables and Tree Trunk Post Box by Sweetpea and Ivy

13) A Wood-and-Glass Box

We love this rustic wood and glass box as another box that’s usually perfect as a table centrepiece but also makes a charming wedding post box.

Rustic Wood and Glass Box Wedding Centrepiece | above: Rustic Wood And Glass Box With Hinged Lid and Thick Medium Round Pillar Candles

14) A Glass Container

For an even simpler wedding post box, you might even want to choose a clear glass vase or jar!

Vintage Apothecary Jars | above: Decorative Pedestaled Apothecary Jar With Bell Shaped Bowl | Decorative Pedestaled Apothecary Jar With Globe Shaped Bowl | Decorative Pearl Garland | Heart Shaped Plates | Classic Damask Filigree Paper Cupcake Wrappers and “Floral Dreams” Personalised Clear Acrylic Block Cake Topper

15) A Plain Box

Wedding post boxes look great when you add your own creative flair—take a plain box and DIY it to your heart’s content!

Plain Wedding Post Box - DIY Wedding Post Boxes - Cardboard Chest Wishing Well | above: Cardboard Chest Wishing Well


Aren’t they great? Other wedding post box alternatives can mean having no container at all too—for example, a washing line or decorative frame that your guests can peg their wedding cards to, a Jenga set, or even jigsaw puzzle.

Wedding Wishing Well Alternatives - Creative Wedding Post Boxes |

For more wedding inspiration, don’t miss our pick of creative wedding name card ideas (including some very cute pineapple picture frames!).

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