About the time I first started reading wedding blogs, I saw an inspiration board on Snippet & Ink called “A Little Bit Country” that made my heart beat a little bit faster. It wasn’t the color scheme, or even the overall similarity of the ambiance to my own country wedding. It was the image in the second row, third from the left. A vintage mailbox featured on Grapevine weddings to showcase their invitations:
In the photo above, the mailbox is being used with vintage postcards in lieu of a guestbook. That’s a cute idea – I know there are booklets of vintage Glacier National Park cards out there. But wouldn’t it also make a darling card box?
I started looking for a mailbox that would look nice and rustic, heartily used and varnished with the patina of age. But MAN, mailboxes, even NEW ones, are expensive! So imagine what real, functional, vintage ones cost. And with online shopping, you have to factor in the cost of shipping (a metal box) on top of everything else. Oy.
I looked high, I looked low. I looked in street markets antique shops. Nuthin’.
DUN DA DA DAAAA!!! My mailbox!
It came to me bent up, rusted, and well-loved. I bathed it, re-bent it, and secured the front closed with velcro. (The lock has long-since broken.)
As you can see, it has a hole in the front where the address plate is supposed to go. We’re going to letterpress some cardstock with our names and the date and secure it in there, and it will be all good to go!
Right now I’m leaning toward using it as a card box, secured to a post so no one walks off with it. But, on the other hand, I’m not a big fan of guest books (call me callous, but I don’t think I will ever look at one), so maybe the postcard idea is the right way to go.
What do you think?