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