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By the book

10 June, 2010

Today I have two fab posts for you, both themed around books. First up, some inspiration from weddings that feature books as a design element. And later, come back for our first ever featured engagement shoot taken in Cape Town’s Booklounge – trust me, you won’t want to miss it!

If you follow the wedding blogs like I do, you will have noticed books popping up in all sorts of places in wedding decor at the moment. For many couples, they’re a way to create a personal touch if books mean something special to them – perhaps if they met at university, or if they’re both teachers. For others who want to create a vintage or homey feel to their wedding, books can be a great design feature. Here are just some ideas to give you some literary inspiration!

The bride at this wedding wanted to create a relaxed, eclectic feel, so used books alongside mismatched tableware and a variety of flowers. Photographed by Colleen Sherman Photography via Green Wedding Shoes.

For this shoot, books were used to pretty up tables with pops of different colours and create a bit of variety in height for the flowerpots that rested on them. Photographed by Allan Zepeda for Rock Paper Scissors Events via Style Me Pretty.

This vintage wedding used books as charming and easy table numbers. Photographed by Jenny Liu via Ruffled.

This couple not only used books on their tables, but also had an antique library card catalogue for escort cards. Photographed by Blonde Tulip via Style Me Pretty.


A bohemian French feel was behind this wedding, and books were used as props on a vintage desk where guests could write notes to the bride and groom and post them in one of the drawers. Isn’t that a sweet alternative to a guest book? Photographed by Clayton Austin via Green Wedding Shoes.

 I just love this super cute wedding shoot, which took the book theme to  the next level and used bookcases as a ceremony arch. This would be amazing at a real wedding! Photographed by Jessica Claire for Honey and Poppies via 100 Layer Cake.

At this pretty celebration, guests were given vintage books (many from the couple’s own collection) as personalised favours. Photographed by Feather Love via 100 Layer Cake.

Another lovely idea (and an epic DIY project) was this bride’s use of old novels to create ceremony programmes that looked like classic books. This couple also used books on tables (together with antique photo frames) as part of their reception decor. Photographed by James Moes via 100 Layer Cake.

Like this trend? Here are some DIY tutorials to help you to incorporate books into your own special day:

And don’t forget to stop by later for our gorgeous book-themed engagement shoot!

3 Comments leave one →
  1. 14 April, 2011 3:18 pm

    Your being linked to my blog led me here, and while I’m done with weddings, I so enjoyed your posts….lovely.


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