Board #164 | Sshhhhhh…

…it’s a library wedding! Complete with library card save-the-dates and stacks of books under every centerpiece. You can use an old typewriter for your guest book, and give small journals for favors. Here, even the bridesmaids’ bouquet is part book (would that be a book-et? bad pun?), wrapped with colorful ribbon and decorated with chocolate cosmos. Another idea is to use book catalog cards as seating cards, and name tables after sections in the Dewey decimal system. Even if you don’t get married in a library, the stacks of antique books as part of the centerpieces is one of my favorite elements, and is an easy way to incorporate your and your fiance’s love of reading.

Mood: erudite elegance
Palette: rich red and mahogany, faded-paper ivory

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Top row from left: boutonnieres from Rebecca Thuss, library book save-the-date by Crossroads Creative, cupcakes from Jen’s Desserts
Row 2: bouquets by The Green Vase, Priscilla of Boston dress from Brides
Row 3: photo by Heather Waraksa, centerpieces by Artfool, library card invitation by Lily Darby, vintage type via More Ways to Waste Time (photo by thetypejunkie)
Row 4: centerpiece by LMD Floral, bow tie photo by Jessica Claire, old typewriter from Matthew Mead, book bouquet from Chewing the Cud (photo by Anna Kuperberg)

Update! I meant to include this earlier – Martha B did a library-inspired wedding board awhile back and it is truly lovely. For more library inspiration, take a look!
Update! How about this perfect invitation?
Update! Look at these beautiful invitations by Sesame Letterpress via Faye & Greer.


  • Alexa Johnson says:

    I think this is my favorite board ever! And I’m so glad you used a photo from Jen’s Desserts–I think they do some of the very prettiest cakes in Seattle!

  • annabrooke says:

    This is darling. It takes me back to 7th grade when I was a library assistant in middle school. :) For favors, you could give a lovely bookmark adorned with a charm or crystals. Thanks for your inspiration!

  • brendalynn says:

    I love, love, love these ideas! Good job at pulling these together…

  • rebekah @ elizabeth anne designs says:

    What a fantastic theme! I wish I would have thought of this for our wedding!

  • Ferrill says:

    I LOVE the idea of using an old typewriter for the guest book. Such a unique idea!

  • barchbo says:

    WOW! I would so have done this had I seen this board in time! And if I had time!

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