A wise person once said, ‘Anyone who says they only have one life to live must not know how to read a book.’ The worlds that books open up to us are a massive reason as to why we love to read so much. We’ve gathered together five of our favourite book-inspired wedding themes for your inspiration, but don’t feel limited, the world(s) your oyster. So why not add even more love to your special day and theme it around your favourite literary sensation?
Alice In Wonderland – Lewis Carroll (1865)
“We’re all mad here.”
Wonderland is one of the most unique, maddest and intricate worlds ever created; it is also a brilliant source of inspiration for a wedding. Incorporate the quirkiest elements or motifs to inject some fun – who can’t be won over by a flamingo croquet set, a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, the Queen of Hearts or character themed props for a photo booth? And, if you want to go all out, dress vintage and add fun accessories like a pocket watch or an Alice band.
The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald (1925)
“I like large parties. They’re so intimate.”
As the archetype of the roaring ’20s, Fitzgerald’s Great Gatsby is packed full of decadence and fancy. Turn your venue into a decadent speakeasy with dark woods, gold accents, and champagne towers. Look to the Art Deco style for invitation and decoration inspiration. Dapper suits or flapper girl dresses will make the finishing touches to a timeless and classy wedding.
Harry Potter – J.K. Rowling (1997)
“‘ After all this time?” ‘Always.'”
Harry Potter has a special place in many hearts – if it’s played an important part in your life, why not include elements of it in your wedding, just like Michelle and Rachel‘s book-inspired wedding. There are lots of elements you can play with such as patronises, wands, flying keys and snitches through decor or food. In terms of colours, try red, green, yellow and blue or – if you find primary colours too harsh – tone them down to pastel variations. A fun idea for seating arrangements is to sort your guests into the houses.
Wizard of Oz – L. Frank Baum (1900)
“There is no place like home.”
Another truly unique world is the Emerald City, created by L. Frank Baum. It’s replete with whimsical imagery you can draw upon for your wedding including, of course, ruby shoes which you can click three times to signify the end of your big night! Colourwise, go for ruby red, emerald green and sunshine yellow which you can adopt on everything from your closest wedding party members, your invitations and even a yellow brick road aisle. A fun table decoration could include a helium balloon dressed as a hot air balloon, surrounded by greenery and flowers.
Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen (1813)
“I am the happiest creature in the world.”
A truly romantic tale set in Regency England could not translate to a more beautiful wedding. Think dropped waists for dresses and tails and top hats for suits. Plenty of country houses and halls of the era would make stunning locations to be enhanced by tumbling fountains of flowers. Why not try to incorporate your favourite quotes into the wedding with blackboards or on vintage mirrors? Use them for decoration or in the wedding photos.