Saturday, 23 April 2011

In The Mood - Literary Inspiration

Ahh, the long Easter bank holiday weekend - four days off if you're in the UK and we're so lucky with the gorgeous weather (well, it's still sunny sunny in my corner of the countryside!). This beautifully balmy weather makes me long for a deckchair in the sun, a cool drink and a good book. I'm currently re-reading some of my favourite Nancy Mitford novels - if you've never read one, I recommend her hugely!

But, back to weddings and this desire for some quality literary moments has got me dreaming of details all inspired by books so this post is a little encyclopedia of novel ideas (groan, I know my puns are awful so just pretend not to notice!)

So I hope you enjoy this post and that it keeps you gripping until the happy ending...

Above - if you were having a book-lover's wedding, could you get a cooler welcome arch than this? No, I thought not. 2 bookcases, filled with pretty hardbacks and pot plants form the entrance and the floral boughs on top are the perfect finishing touch. I truly love this. Image - via Brocante Home

Above - cute paper hearts made from book pages. A fabulous idea and something that you could absolutely make yourself. Lots of these hung from trees or the ceiling of a marquee would look rather fabulous. Image - Bookity

Above - bookmark favours (or even used as save the date cards) are fabulous reminders of a literary wedding. Made with contrasting papers & cards, they're finished with a little bit of ribbon. Great wedding DIY and easy to co-ordinate with any colour scheme. Image - Martha Stewart

Above - the perfect confetti for this theme! Hearts are punched from old books and used for the big moment. If you cut these and then laid them out, you could spritz them with perfume and make beautifully scented petals from pages. Image - Cake & Pictures

Above - what an amazing seating plan! The seating cards are bookmarks which are tucked into a display of books for guest's to browse. Each table has a different colour ribbon and to make it easier for guests to find their bookmark, I'd suggest putting them in alphabetical order! Image - Diana M Lott

Above - beautiful table 'name' cards - gorgeously illustrated book covers have been framed and used to bring a bit of art to these pretty tables. Image - Diana M Lott

Above - what a sweet candy buffet idea for a book themed wedding? Little library card drawers are filled with sweets and another drawer is waiting to receive comment cards in lieu of a guest book. How fabulous, what a great prop. Image - Heather Kincaid

Above - library card style invitations, complete with a 'due date' stamp to remind guests when they need to RSVP! Such a sweet idea and again, easily something you could make yourself. Image - Jack Rodriguez

Above - the menu card wraps are encircling a stack of old book pages. Such a great idea, especially when you can pick up old paperbacks at charity stores so cheaply. Definitely a talking point and a great way of bringing the theme to the tables. Image - Sara Gray Photography

Above - love these table centres - beautifully coloured hardback books are stacked on pretty table linens and the numbers are cut from book pages (I'd suggest backing them with card to make them a little more robust!) Image - via Brass Paperclip

Above - a wedding invitation in the style of the iconic Penguin books covers. The little 'romance' genre markers down the side of the invitation are a great touch and the font & detailing is absolutely perfect. Image - via Offside Flag

Above - badges adored with dictionary details are amazing wedding favours for a literary wedding. Easy to make and a great 'badge of honour' for guests. Image - via Oh Lovely Day

Above - and the gorgeous library card drawers make another appearance, this time as a seating card/table plan display. Each guest has a card tucked into a library pocket in they're all set in these drawers. Love the addition of the colourful apples too. Image - via Words In Space

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