Inspiration for Your Book-Themed Wedding

‘Tis the season for weddings! I seem to be at an age where people are getting hitched left and right…and up, down, and sideways! This summer I cat-sat for a former colleague while he tied the knot, and I recently accompanied a good friend to help her shop for her wedding dress and invitations.

I’m also reading The Engagements by J. Courtney Sullivan, a book I won in a Goodreads contest. Sullivan narrates the stories of five individuals from different time periods ranging from the 1940s when Frances Gerety penned “A Diamond is Forever” for De Beers to modern day when a woman named Kate refuses to marry her partner despite family pressure.

I haven’t finished reading the novel, so in the meantime, I wanted to share some Buzzfeed images in case anyone is interested in throwing a book-themed wedding. Whether you’re heading to the altar next summer or only in your dreams, feel free to drool over these fun ideas!

Wedding invites:

 

Cute centerpieces:

 

Book bouquets:

 

The perfect arch:

 

A dramatic shot:

Click on the link to see more great ideas, and don’t forget to check out Pinterest and Etsy as well. I think incorporating literature into your nuptials is an awesome way to express your personality and pull sentiments from some of your favorite stories.

Many libraries are gorgeous locations for engagement photos or wedding ceremonies, and love poetry makes for wonderful vows. The possibilities are endless!

So is a book-themed wedding your cup of tea? What kinds of stories would you incorporate and how?

 

‘Tis the Season! My 3 Favorite Books About Weddings

I just got back from a bridal shower of a friend who’s practically family. I’m one of her bridesmaids, and it was great to spend such a special day with her…which, of course, got me thinking about literary weddings. I decided to make a list of my three favorite books which deal with the chaos, stress, but also fun of planning a wedding:

Queen of Babble Gets Hitched by Meg Cabot (2009). This finale of the Queen of Babble trilogy follows Lizzie Nichols as she makes the difficult decision between Luke, the man to whom she’s engaged, or Chaz, Luke’s best friend, with whom she’s also in love. The twist here is that Lizzie happens to work in wedding gown restoration, so how does a woman who’s already knee deep in bridal manage to get to the altar? If you’ve read the series up until now, you’ll know who Lizzie ultimately chooses, but this book’s so entertaining that you won’t care. Another gem by Cabot!

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The Little Lady Agency and the Prince by Hester Browne (2008). Another end to another great trilogy, this novel tells the tale of Melissa Romney-Jones, a curvy bombshell who dons a blonde wig and calls herself “Honey”–all for the sake of turning fixer-upper men into marriage material. Her current project is prince Nicolas von Helsing-Alexandros, who can’t seem to blind his wandering eye. And what happens when her fiance Jonathan Riley starts acting controlling? Can they work it out, or will she fall for her best friend Nelson? Clearly, there’s no shortage of love triangles in chick-lit!

I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella (2012). This book published on Valentine’s Day of this year has got to be one of the cutest stories I’ve ever read. Poppy Wyatt has just lost her engagement ring, an antique that’s been in her fiance Magnus’ family for three generations. So when she comes along a lost cell phone, what better thing to do than to enlist the phone owner’s employer to help find the ring? But when that boss turns out to be a sexy businessman named Sam Roxton, Poppy’s happily ever after just got way more complicated. The perfect book for the 21st-century reader, full of text talk, emails, and footnotes! Check out my full review here!

So there you have it! Three adorable stories if you can’t get enough of dresses, rings, cakes, and true love! I’m currently reading Wife 22 by Melanie Gideon, about a woman decades into her marriage, but it’s always nice to remind yourself of the newlywed stage! And for any of my readers attending weddings left and right, please share your own wedding reads!