Confessions of a Bookworm

It’s no secret that I am a huge bookworm. I listen to audio books to pass the time on my commute to work, and I have somewhat of an obsession with F. Scott Fitzgerald and other Jazz Age writers. For Christmas last year, Maid of Honor N gave me an A Tree Grows in Brooklyn tote bag for grocery shopping. I would say that my general philosophy in life is this:


Sorry, Mr. K. Good thing the Beast is fictional. :) /  Photo via Books Direct

Mr. Wallaby doesn’t exactly share this interest. He loves to read—about technology, cars, and current events. I don’t think he would be caught dead curled up on the couch reading Jane Eyre. So it wouldn’t exactly be fair to have a major book/library theme at our wedding. Too bad, because I have a large enough book collection to easily create a whole ceremony backdrop:


Awwwww. How romantic! / Photo by Jessica Claire

So, we compromised. (Marriage is all about compromise, right?) We didn’t have an official wedding theme, but Mr. Wallaby was OK with me including books in some elements of the wedding day. So here are three ways I chose to incorporate my love of books into our wedding:

1. The “program display” (for lack of a better description). Near the entrance to our ceremony site, we planned to set up a small table for programs and the lavender sachets, so instead of making a sign for this table, I decided to arrange some old books stamped to designate “Programs”:


Photo by Ryan Ray Photography / Image via Style Me Pretty

2. Arranging some books on our sweetheart table, along with some decorative mugs or vases and a few stems of roses:


Photo by Rochelle Mort Photography / Image via DIY Bride

3. The ring bearer pillow. I am not a big fan of traditional fluffy ring bearer pillows. I don’t know why. The flower girl basket and ring bearer pillow have always been those minor details that I haven’t put much thought into, other than determining to do something different from the norm. Until I saw this:


Photo by Sunny + Scout Photography / Image via Style Me Pretty

We planned somewhat of an interfaith wedding—my family is Protestant, while Mr. W’s family comes from Muslim heritage in Iran (although now his family doesn’t practice any religion)—so I decided that it would be best to use a non-religious book as the prop for our alternative ring bearer pillow. I spotted a beautiful old book used for an inspiration shoot and decided to go for it.


Photo by Caroline Joy Photography / Image via Ruffled Blog

I found a copy of the book on eBay, ordered it right away, and decorated it with some small pieces of ribbon and twine to attach our rings. Alternative ring bearer pillow: accomplished. And I’m not the only avid reader in the hive—Miss Potion, Mrs. Hot Wings, and Mrs. Ostrich‘s ring bearers all bore rings fastened to books. Great minds think alike, eh? 😉


The book I purchased from eBay / Personal photo

Are you a bookworm like me? How are you incorporating personal details into your wedding?


Mrs. Wallaby

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    missmovies 351 posts, Helper bee @ 9:34 am

    I am a crazy bookworm and my FI is not, so that definitely makes it a challenge when I’m caught up in a book for days at a time! I do like to think we complment eachother. Fav book = The Great Gatsby.

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    Shosha1 2140 posts, Buzzing bee @ 9:47 am

    DH and I had a book themed wedding, although DH is nowhere near the avid reader that I am. Our invitations had “our” quote on the top of it (“How do I love thee?”), as did our wedding cake. Each table was named after a favourite author, with some info about why we chose that author on the back. Our centerpieces were wreaths made out of book pages, and place cards were made with kusudama flowers, again made out of book pages.

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    graywolf 725 posts, Busy bee @ 9:56 am

    me me me! we’re using harry potter pages for our flowers and doing stacks of books as centerpieces. our programs are going to be mock books (more on that soon!) and of course, our guestbook is…books! great minds do think alike! 😉

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    seabeeny 68 posts, Worker bee @ 10:03 am

    I loved the PROGRAM display! We just had our ushers hand them out since we didn’t know where we’d be able to do that set-up in our ceremony space.

    Our escort cards featured buttons made from old dictionary pages and we had crossword puzzles, so literary, yes, but we didn’t quite get to bookworm. Now I wish we had!

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    mswallaby 2070 posts, Buzzing bee @ 10:08 am

    @missmovies: I LOVE THAT BOOK! It’s one of my favorites. F. Scott Fitzgerald is a genius.
    @Shosha1: Those are such sweet details! As a guest I would’ve been swooning!
    @Miss Gray Wolf: Mr. W and I JUST watched the last HP movie on Sunday night…he’s never read the books and i am trying to force him to haha. I love all of those ideas, can’t wait for your recaps!
    @seabeeny: Aww that sounds really sweet :) I’ve always loved crossword puzzles, that’s really cool!

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    miss narwhal 1297 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:08 am

    I am a bookworm as well and I we are incorporating booking into our centerpieces. All the books we have collected have love themed titles because I thought that would be cute.

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    bridesmomma 474 posts, Helper bee @ 10:20 am

    All of these details look great! ” A Tree Grows in Brooklyn” is one of my favorite books! :-)

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    genie 723 posts, Busy bee @ 11:06 am

    It would have been soooooo easy for me to incorporate books into our wedding, but I didn’t think Mr. Genie would be such a big fan. He likes reading, but it wasn’t totally and “us” thing. So, we compromised with the Scrabble favors. I’m getting that library though!

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    Beltacular 51 posts, Worker bee @ 11:06 am

    We are doing a light book theme as well- I am also using a book for the ring, and all our tables are named after famous (happy) literary couples! (much harder to think of than you would anticipate!) We are also using books for the centerpieces.

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 11:09 am

    I love the book you chose, perfect for a ring bearer!

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    manatee 31 posts, Newbee @ 11:33 am

    We’re doing a book for the ring bearer too! We’re not sure yet how we’ll attach the rings to the book, but we’re going to print the vows inside the book! I’m a total book freak as well, but I just couldn’t justify the book centerpieces. They were maybe too vintage for our look….but its not too late to change my mind!

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    bluewhale 638 posts, Busy bee @ 12:19 pm

    What a great idea for a ringbearer pillow! I’m so glad to find out there are so many other bookworm bees!!

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    mslyre 512 posts, Busy bee @ 12:36 pm

    I love the incorporation of books! Obviously, I love books, and Mr. Ly isn’t opposed to them, but they are much more me than they are him! I have seriously STACKS right now of books, that I’m trying to figure out how to use in our wedding… Your ideas are great!

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    RunningLove 14 posts, Newbee @ 12:40 pm

    I love this post! You’re one of my favorite bloggers—and a lot of these book pictures are ones I’ve looked at in our planning process too. I’ve come up with several ways to use books so far. Honestly, going book shopping with my fiance has been one of my favorite parts of planning. I love that in twenty years we’ll be able to look back at the books we bought together and see how they lasted along with our marriage.

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    lolot 8387 posts, Bumble Beekeeper @ 1:05 pm

    haha, that poster thing is hilarious!

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    sunkissed19 601 posts, Busy bee @ 1:17 pm

    i’d totally marry the beast for that library too!! 😉

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    castle 1191 posts, Bumble bee @ 5:05 pm

    Cute! I love to read as well, but Mr. C is not a huge reader so it wouldn’t have made sense to include books as elements of our wedding. PS I love that poster!

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    Midnight 76 posts, Worker bee @ 6:05 pm

    I love this post!!! I’m a librarian, so you bet I love books!!! My fiance is a musician, so our save the date has a picture of me reading a vintage book and he’s playing his guitar. Our wedding has a rustic beach theme, but I might make mason jar candles with music scores and book pages, inspired by this:

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    msmongoose 264 posts, Helper bee @ 7:04 pm

    I’m a huge bookworm too and I love what you did with the book as your ring “pillow”. Very clever!

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