10 Great wedding ideas for book lovers

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Wedding season is almost upon us—and I should know. It’s only April and I’ve already been invited to four different weddings this summer. And as someone who loves books, I’m crossing my fingers that at least one of them has a literary theme. I want to see classic novels on tabletops, card catalog-inspired seating arrangements, and a whole lot of whimsical vintage typewriters.

To inspire my friends—and any great lover of books—here are some literary wedding ideas for the well-read couple:




Inspire a little literary nostalgia with these library card invitations. Simple, but classy.



If you don’t mind destroying an old used book, this paper bouquet is pretty, colorful, and definitely unique.



We’ve covered literary-inspired dresses before, but this dress actually looks like book pages. Yes, please.



Put those vintage typewriters to good use by having your guests write out little notes and advice on love and marriage.

Table Setting:

Table Setting

Sometimes the easiest choice is also the classiest: stacks of vintage books paired with mason jars and wildflowers.



A text-covered cake is elegant and interesting. And for more literary-wedding cake ideas, click here!

Literary Candles:

Book Candles

For an evening wedding, light up your tables with book-page candles. Classy and useful.

Love Letter Napkins: Love Letter Napkins

Why have plain white napkins when you can get some printed with famous love letters? Up the romance factor and invest in something you can keep forever.


Book page decorations

If you’re looking for decorations that go beyond flowers or fairy-lights, then book page lanterns are the way to go.

Wedding Favors:


A book-inspired box is the perfect gift for your guests—bonus if it’s filled with candy.


Relevant Reading: Weddings in Color: 1,000 Creative Ideas for Designing a Modern Wedding by Minhee Cho and Vane Broussard (Chronicle Books, August 25, 2015)

A vivid guide to the modern wedding, this one will catch your eye. If you’re looking to develop the perfect wedding and you want some vibrant, innovative ideas, this is the book for you. Everything from die-cut invitations to altars made out of balloons can be found, and don’t forget that simple DIYs can spark creativity and save you a significant chunk of change. It’s a stunningly detailed book that will, at the very least, make for a beautiful coffee table book. Keep it for when you need that wedding inspiration!


What would you do for your literary wedding? Let us know in the comments!

Rachel Carter grew up surrounded by trees and snow and mountains. She graduated from the University of Vermont and Columbia University, where she received her MFA in nonfiction writing. She is the author of the So Close to You series with Harperteen. These days you can find her working on her next novel in the woods of Vermont.

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