Wedding Gift Boxes

August 29th, 2012 :: 13 comments

Dustin and I are getting married today in the low-key setting of the Ballyvolane House garden near Cork, Ireland. I’ve been asked quite a few times why I chose Ireland…I thought about fibbing and saying Dustin was Irish (the red hair would work in my favor). But the truth is that Dustin is marrying a crazy person.

Ever year we take one big trip. This year I thought “why not mix a vacation in with a wedding…in four months?”

Our immediate family is following us across the Atlantic to be with us on our wedding day, so I really wanted to make them something special from the two of us.

My search for ideas started by looking up boxes on Etsy. I came across some awesomely textured and weathered cigar boxes. Each box was unique in its own way. I knew I wanted to use them as the basis of my gift. Etsy has been our best friend in this whole process. After finding the boxes, I found fabric to line them to give them a vintage suitcase vibe.

I created and hand cut labels for each gift I put into the boxes. If I ever do this process again, perhaps for my sister, I will use simple square labels! I used a needle and thread to attach the labels to ribbons that I wrapped around each gift.

I created stationery with a short activity list and wedding schedule, a medieval map, and a thank you card. Since I only had to put together a few boxes I bought special paper from Neenah Paper.

I started with placing a embroidered handkerchief in the gift box with a label that read “Just in Case”. I kept one handkerchief for myself…just in case. Next, I dropped in a bag of M&M’s customized with our initials and an icon of a tree (from a stamp I originally used for our invitations). Finally, I found the cutest little chocolates that look like sardines. My dad plans to go salmon fishing while he’s in Ireland, so it seemed appropriate.

I finished by adding the stationery and closing the boxes with purple ribbons.

Special thanks go out to our families for coming all the way to Ireland with us. I also appreciate all the well wishes from our friends and extended family. You will be with us in spirit.

The next time we speak, Dustin and I will be married!



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§ 13 Responses to Wedding Gift Boxes"

  • Nicole Puritsky says:


  • Patricia says:

    Joann, the boxes are lovely & adorable; you’re so creative! Martha Stewart, step aside:)

    • Joann says:

      Thank you very much. Since we had an intimate sized wedding I could take more of a hands on approach. Can’t imagine making 30+ of those by hand .

  • Patricia says:

    Btw, we’ve been watching out for fb photos, and are thinking of you both and all the family at your side. Wishing you all a beautiful, enjoyable celebration and memories. Safe Travels, Peace, & Love ~ Patricia

  • Dustin and Joann, We wish you a very happy and fun filled married life together as Mr. and Mrs.
    All the pre wedding preperations were very beautiful to see and read about. You are very creative and talented.
    We are looking forward to veiwing some pictures of your wedding. Lots of love to you Dustin and Joann.
    From: Great Uncle Alex and Great Aunt Ruth

    • Joann says:

      Thank you. We will have tons of pictures to sort through once we get home. Everything in ireland was beautiful. The only bad thing was how much I ate.

  • AD says:

    Thinking of you and Dustin as you start this day as married. Congratulations to you both. Loved the boxes that you made for your family. You are so creative and lovely. Can’t wait to see pictures of the wedding and honeymoon. All our very best to you and Dustin. What a happy, once in a lifetime, event. Take in and love every single second of it.
    Love you, AD and UT

    • Joann says:

      We are in Athens right now and tomorrow we are off to Santorini. There have been a few hiccups here and there, but in the end everything has seemed to happen for a reason. The day of the wedding it rained every other hour, but a few minutes before the wedding it cleared up. I got married wearing rain boots, which turned out to be my something borrowed and something blue. Everyone was well fed and had a good time and that was the most important part.

  • Amy G. says:

    Congratulations to the Mr. & Mrs.! All of your personal touches are so lovely. I am sure those boxes will be treasured for years!

    • Joann says:

      Thank you. I will be posting wedding pictures soon. It turned out better than I could have hoped.

  • ML says:

    Your gift boxes are amazing, so meaningful and artistic! But then, so was everything about your engagement and wedding!
    Love you!

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