Inspiration Board: Library Love

Oh, I do love me a good book. (Which is not really surprising, since I’ve spent most of my professional life making them.) There’s something super special about cracking open a new spine, or better yet thumbing through an old favourite on a library or antique shop bookshelf. Don’t even get me started about my fantasy library (think minstrel’s gallery, ladders, the works.) Along with other nostalgic objects, books have been riding the crest of the vintage trend. They do make pretty centrepieces stacked and tied with lace, but I love when couples take it to the next level, getting married in an actual library or having other book-themed items like library card escort cards or save the dates. I know they’re out of fashion, but I think letterpress bookplates would make an amazing favour. Or you could choose a book specially for every guest and on the bookplate write a personal note explaining why (you can download a template for this sweet idea here). Even better if all the books are design legends like the Penguin Classics – place a set on each table using bookends marked with table numbers, or fill up a bookshelf and tuck escort card bookmarks into each book. There are so many ways to have fun with this theme (check out this post from our archive for more, or adapt these ideas using discarded books instead of sheet music). But back to the board. I love the old English feel of this one, and the way that rich blues, greens and reds work so well together. And don’t you just love the cake and flowers? All in all, the perfect way to start a new chapter!

Colours: Dark red, green and blue with a touch of pink

Top row (l-r): Bride & groom (Wedding by Two); bookplate; cake (Josh McCullock); library card escort card (You Look Nice Today Photography); table setting (Josh McCullock)
Row 2: Bride (Todd Pellowe); stationery; bunting; bookplate; bookshelf  (Emma Case)
Row 3: Bride holding book (McGowan Images); library catalogue card holder (Josh McCullock Fine Art Weddings and Films); centrepiece (Melissa Oholendt); book bundle (Wesley Vorster)

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