Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Wedding Week: How to Throw a Bookish Wedding

How to Throw a Bookish Wedding

 Andi's off getting married (congrats, lady!), and she's letting me take over her blog for the day! To celebrate her nuptials, I'm sharing a post about how to throw a bookish wedding!

So you're getting married. The man (or woman, we're open-minded here) of your dreams has gotten down on one knee and asked you to be his/hers forever. It was all very romantic, but now you have to plan a wedding! Books are a major part of your lives, and you want your passion for the written word to be reflected in your big day. For all of you literary lovebirds, here are some great ways to add bookish touches to your wedding day!

Pre-Wedding Paper Goods

Once you have your major wedding details hammered down and are ready to tell people about them, send out save the date bookmarks! There are tons of great examples around the internet, but these are two of my favorites. The typography of the first one is beautiful, and the Penguin-themed bookmarks are adorable! save the date bookmarks

Ready for invites? If you want to get crazy crafty, hollow out some books and stick your invites inside! It sounds super time-consuming but will make for gorgeous, keep-forever invitations. (The source link below has instructions.) If you'd like something a little easier but just as classy, stick with the Penguin theme!

 invites 2

The Ceremony

Although getting married in a bookstore or library may be a bookworm's dream, securing one of these locations for your ceremony might be difficult. If you can't go to the books for your wedding, bring the books to it! Literally. Get married under an archway filled with books! Or, you know, garlands of paper flowers.

 Book Wedding Arch/Paper Flower Garland

The bride traditionally carries a bouquet of flowers down the aisle. But why not put a bookish spin on it and use a paper flower bouquet? They can be made or purchased in many different beautiful styles, and they look so elegant! Bookish Wedding Bouqets

Is there a book that is really special to you and your partner, that you fell in love reading? Buy a beautiful copy of it and use it to convey your rings down the aisle! Bookish Ring Bearer
And how about bookish programs? Now, I couldn't find any pictures that quite portrayed what I thought would be really cute: programs that look like little books that tell "our story." Info about the couple, order of the ceremony, and of course ending with "and they all lived happily ever after!"

 Bookish Wedding Programs

Of course, you're going to want some bookish readings during your ceremony. Here are a few ideas! You can't go wrong with Shakespeare's Sonnet 116: "Love is not love / Which alters when it alteration finds / Or bends with the remover to remove..." (Full quote) I'm not a Victor Hugo fan, but this quote from Les Miserables is pretty darn perfect: “You can give without loving, but you can never love without giving. The great acts of love are done by those who are habitually performing small acts of kindness. We pardon to the extent that we love. Love is knowing that even when you are alone, you will never be lonely again. & great happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved. Loved for ourselves. & even loved in spite of ourselves.” This Roy Croft poem "Love" would make a sweet reading: "I love you / Not only for what you are / But for what I am / When I am with you..." (Full quote) Quoting from Neruda or Rilke are also great options!

Reception Loveliness

Help your guests find their seats with library-inspired escort cards! Print your guests' names and seating information on library cards and either lay them out in sleeves (like you would find in a library book) or tucked into a vintage card catalog. Library Card Escort Cards

Make your tables beautiful with centerpieces crafted from vintage books! Pair them with quaint flower bouquets, foliage, candles, or anything else that catches your fancy. They can be styled so many different ways!

  Book centerpieces

To go along with the bookish centerpieces, try naming your tables after famous literary couples -- but try to steer away from doomed couples like Gatsby and Daisy, Catherine and Heathcliff, Anna and Vronksy. Their loves aren't really something to celebrate, and you don't want to bring down the party with death and misery. Stick to classic happily-ever-after couples like Lizzy and Darcy, Harry and Ginny, and Katniss and Peeta. (Ok, thinking of happy literary couples is A LOT harder than doomed ones.) OR you could name the tables after authors you like and have each centerpiece feature books by that author. OR OR OR. The literary-themed table possibilities are endless. What's a wedding reception without cake? (I mean, I guess you could serve cupcakes or pie, or really whatever dessert your little heart desires, but bookish non-cake desserts were harder to find pictures of.) Get a cake made that looks like a stack of books -- with titles you love or the titles of famous love stories printed on the spines. Or get a classic layer cake with romantic text printed on it.

  Bookish Wedding Cakes

When all of the cake has been eaten, many dances have been danced, and fun has been had by all, exit the reception in literary style. Depart from the celebration along a path lined by luminaries made from book pages!

Book Luminaries

Now that the most romantic (and probably most exhausting) day of your life is over, it's time to head back to the hotel, share a private glass of champagne, and read a goodnight story. May I suggest the Kama Sutra?

Thanks so much to Leah from Books Speak Volumes for offering to guest post! This was an awesome bookish wedding tour! 


  1. What an awesome post! Makes me wish I had all these ideas 25 years ago. Might be time to renew our vows... :)

    Sending good wishes your way on Saturday, Andi!!! Congratulations to you and David!

  2. Some fantastic ideas here. Now if only I could find a man. Or should I clarify that and say a bookish man.

  3. Oh, this post made me happy! We had a very bookish wedding coupled with a science theme, and definitely used some of these ideas ourselves. I designed bookmark wedding favors with a favorite poem and we had stacks of books for centerpieces, plus book paper roses on the tables. It was so fun. Woo!

  4. I wish i could get married again and i would do it in bookish style. So many inspirational ideas!

  5. This is all so cool! I wish google and such a had been a widespread thing when I was getting married. I'm not creative on my own, but boy can I google!

  6. Oh my gosh I LOVE this!!!! It's sooooooooo nice!!! Now if only I can think of an event I can throw and utilize some of these amazingnesses!

  7. This looks amaaazing! I'm thinking five year anniversary party!

  8. When I got married over 20 years ago, I was a book lover but nothing like I am now. I SO wish I could do it all over again, this time with a book theme! I eloped the first time.

  9. There's so many lovely ideas!

  10. Now I want everyone who gets married to send me a bookmark Save the Date!

  11. What fun! That book stack wedding cake is worth renewing my vows for.

    Best wishes for Andi!

  12. Hi, it's Kelly, somehow under my husband's account.
    I ALMOST got married in the New York Public Library. How perfect would that have been?
    I love, love, love the bookish centerpieces and wedding cakes!
    Ps: One of our "songs" was The Book of Love by Peter Gabriel. Yes, I'm totally in on this theme!!

  13. Sigh... This is not the first time I've wished that Pinterest had been a thing when I got married! My wedding was not bookish, but I did have a penguin cake topper, so it all shakes out as a win I think! (Although, this post IS giving me ideas- one of my book club gals is expecting, so a bookish baby shower is in our future!)

  14. Really wonderful ideas. too bad I'm already married. :)

  15. This post almost convinced me to get married just to have all these pretties!!

  16. Mmm, wonder if I can convince my hubby to renew our vows - I'd love to be able to do a wedding these days when you can really make it whatever you want!

  17. This is such a fantastic idea. I think my wedding day is a long way off but I will keep this in mind ;)

  18. THIS! I Love the cake and centerpiece ideas. So cute! BUT I'm am not OK with hollowing out books. Ouch, that is a lot of book pain right there. LOL

  19. I think the bookmarks are wonderful. Much better than the matchbooks that usually get at the weddings I go to.

  20. Okay, I love every single idea! My bf is not bookish like me and would much prefer a biker-themed wedding. Maybe I could figure out a way to combine the two. When opposites attract, bookish biker weddings happen. :P

  21. Aww...this is too cute. I'm such a book nerd and would love incorporate a few of these ideas into my vow renewal ceremony next year.

  22. I want to go back and do all of these things! ALL OF THEM!! Wonderful post :D

  23. Thanks for featuring my book luminaries! Suzie from oldendesigns

  24. Makes me want to get married again! To the same guy, of course ;)


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