My husband and I both love to read, and it is one of the things that we bonded over when we first met. Of course, we’re definitely not alone in this. Many couples have met or become closer due to their love of books. Some even share a love of a specific book or series and may want to incorporate it into their wedding. Here are a variety of popular ideas for adding a literary theme to your wedding. (Even if you don’t want to have a full on theme wedding, you can add touches from some of your favorite books to make your ceremony and reception more personalized.)
1. Books can help make a wonderful (and easy) centerpiece. For example, purchase a bunch of used books from local thrift stores, and stack them on each table, placing a small jar with a floating candle on top. You can try to get fancier by incorporating flowers or other decorations with the books, but simple is just as good here.
2. You can also include small books or paper flowers made from books as part of a more traditional floral centerpiece.
3. Books and libraries go hand in hand, and libraries have a lot of things that you can incorporate into your weddings, specifically into your invitation. Library books used to have cards in the front where the due date was stamped. Though most place have since gone digital in one way or another, you can likely find some of these iconic cards to use as part of your wedding invitations.
4. You can also use the “date stamp” that librarians used to use to mark due dates on the cards. (Of course the date would be your wedding date.)
5. If you want more traditional invitations, you can emboss a small book, quote, or character on the invitation to give it a personal touch.
6. Take it up a notch and make your invitations themselves small books that include the story of your relationship.
7. Bookmarks make a great save the date since they can be re-used afterward!
8. If there is a specific passage or poem that you really love, have someone read it during your ceremony. You do not need to stick to traditional readings; you can include things that mean something to the two of you, even if no one else understands the significance.
9. Also invite loved ones to do readings from some of their favorite books as well.
10. Whether they are well known quotes or something that only you and your beloved will get, you can incorporate these phrases as part of your wedding vows.
11. You can also have the quote embroidered on napkins and/or wedding favor handkerchiefs (or do it yourself if you have the time and talent).
12. Cakes are a great place for quotes, too, especially if they are short.
Food and Drinks
13. Many books include memorable food and drinks, like the tea party in Alice in Wonderland or butter beer from Harry Potter. Incorporate these into your menu for a tasty throwback everyone can enjoy regardless of whether they are a fan.
14. Nice bookmarks with the name and date of the wedding are a fun and inexpensive way to thank your guests for coming to the wedding.
15. You can also stock a mini library at the reception with your favorite books and let guests choose one as a favor. Stamp your names and the date of the wedding inside, or write notes on the inside jacket cover about what you like about that particular title or what it means to you and your relationship.
16. If there is one particular book that your wedding is built around, you can also give each guest a copy of it to take home. Buying paperbacks in bulk may not be as expensive as you might think.
If there is a specific book series you both love, you may want to incorporate that into the decor in some way. Any book series will have ideas unique to it that you can add to your wedding.
17. Harry Potter lovers can represent their house colors in their wedding outfits with a scarf or socks and wands make great favors.
18. An Alice in Wonderland themed wedding could allow guests to break out their wildest hats to celebrate the Mad Hatter.
19. Lord of the Rings offers countless opportunities for weddings (the word “ring” is even in the title!). You can have a full theme wedding with this one or just incorporate some parts.
You have all the freedom in the world to do as much or as little as you want with a book-lover theme for your wedding. It’s all up to you and your spouse! Just remember to have fun with it!