Literary weddings for bibliophile lovebirds

Books are filled with romanticism and allow your imagination to run wild. For many people, reading allows them to escape from the present and transport themselves to faraway lands and adventures. Books are also filled with couples and love stories that have inspired you throughout your life – so it’s no wonder that you want to create a literary theme for your big day!

Literature is just as multifaceted as you and your groom, so there are endless directions that you could go with the theme to tailor it specifically to the two of you as a couple. You may choose to select a specific book or series that the two of you both love. Or you may want to take a broader approach by selecting a specific genre, such as love stories from classic literature.

Surround yourself with literature
When selecting your venue, consider looking into historic or old university libraries in your city. While nontraditional locations have become increasingly more popular, many people overlook libraries as an option. They can make beautiful backdrops for your wedding. You can choose something grand, such as the George Peabody Library in Baltimore, or something a little cozier such as an indie bookstore with vintage charm or a quirky personality. Below is a lovely example of an intimate library wedding ceremony, featured on Style Me Pretty.

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Set the tone with your save the dates
Your save the date is the first taste of the wedding’s theme that your guests will receive. You could include language and quotes from your favorite books to frame the announcement. Use a typeface that alludes to manuscripts by using embellished dropped capital letters. If you’re feeling really creative, you can even make your save the dates look like the slips inside of library books!

Decorate on theme
One thing you will definitely want to consider is to decorate with your theme in mind. This could be as easy as incorporating books into your centerpieces, as seen on Style Me Pretty.

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Or you could take it a step further and use book pages, like this couple did, featured on The Style Co.

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Give the gift of good stories
Everyone wants to give their guests a good party favor. Fortunately, a literary wedding is the perfect excuse to give party favors that are anything but cheesy. You can either buy your favorite classic titles online from bulk retailers that give discounts on large orders, or you can make an adventure out of shopping thrift stores, vintage shops and second-hand booksellers. If you have a large wedding, though, bulk ordering may be easiest. Use our customizable bookmarks to add a personal touch to your book favors.

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Or you could try using a custom satin ribbon to tie a tag on the books with your favorite quote from the book, the date of your wedding and your new monogram. Take some inspiration from these favors from The Knot and Wedding Pride.

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