I. Love. Themed. Weddings. I could spend days dreaming up all the ways to perfectly incorporate a theme into a wedding. In fact, I think if I could make my job solely helping people incorporate themes into their weddings in practical ways I 100% would. Nothing makes me more excited than perusing articles, Pinterest, and wedding blogs for ways to bring a simple idea to life. The more over the top the better! (My current obsession is a dark and mysterious circus-themed wedding. Any takers?) This week’s how-to post is going to explore practical ways to have a literary themed wedding that goes beyond setting a vase of flowers on a stack of books for your centerpiece. If you’re a bookworm, read on to find out how to wow your guests (and more importantly yourself) at your wedding with these how-to tips!
- Invitations and Save The Dates
Start the theme early with your save the dates and invites. By choosing an invite that goes with the theme, you’re able to set the mood for the wedding months in advance (not to mention how great they’ll look in an album with all of the images from your actual wedding). Need ideas? Order these Alice in Wonderland invitations from Etsy. If you like some of the other options check out the links below!
Bookmark Invitations : Etsy
Book Themed Invitations: Etsy
2. Backdrops and Arches
Create a stunning and memorable ceremony site with a themed backdrop or book arch. There’s just something about creating a space where you say “I do” that sets the tone for the rest of the evening. Creating a space using bookshelves with some of your favorite books will definitely wow your guests and give you a ceremony you won’t forget. I did find a tutorial on how to build a book arch – it sounded a little daunting to me. But if you have a handy dad like the tutorial writer did then go for it. Or even if you don’t – it’s worth a try!
3. “Floral” Arrangements
Instead of going for typical wedding florals, try flowers made of pages from books. You can order some online or make your own. And you know I don’t tell to make something yourself without telling you how! So here’s the tutorial. My advice? Incorporate flowers made from book pages with live flowers to get a unique and stunning look! Like the boutonniere or hair pins below? You can order some for yourself!
4. Mini Library
Provide a mini library for your guests to peruse during cocktail hour and reception. Include some of your favorite books with hand written cards explaining why they mean so much to you. “The Velveteen Rabbit was read to Daniel by his mom all throughout his childhood.” “Sarah read The Night Circus while on vacation with Daniel’s family, and it always reminds her of the fun time she had to getting to know them better.” (Your guests may not be in the mood to have a seat and read a book while getting drinks and chatting with other guests, but a quick run through of your favorite books and memories would be a great topic of conversation).
5. Themed Decor
There are numerous ways to incorporate your love for words and the books that contain them in your wedding decor. From cake toppers to book signs, purchasing used books and using them for decor will make your theme shine through as well as help you save on funds. Keep scrolling for some great inspiration and ideas via Popsugar!
6. Seating Chart
Instead of using a regular seating chart, get vintage library cards and use them to create a seating chart for your guests. You can put the cards in drawers just like the library, and your guests will have fun looking for their seat just like they used to look for books.
7. Library Wedding
Finally, if you’re really looking to pull off the ultimate literary themed wedding, go all out and get married in a library. Some libraries make for a stunning ceremony and reception site. My favorite thing about a library wedding is how unique it is. So different from most weddings you see today! How gorgeous is this wedding reception in the Boston Public Library via Style Me Pretty?
Featured Image: Yaroslav Belousov