Post # 1
Ok girls, I need ideas! I want my wedding to be ethereal and slightly whimsical, but I also want it to be literary-themed. Can I combine these two themes without it seeming awkward? For the literary part, I only have two ideas so far:
1. The ring bearer is going to carry the rings on two of my grandma’s antique poetry books instead of on a pillow.
2. Our tables will be named based on literature and poems and then an excerpt will be in a frame at each table.
As far as the ethereal, I think my dress and my centerpieces (I want to do something with manzanita branches and light pink flowers with candle votives) will lend themselves to being kind of ethereal and whimsical.
My colors are a dark green and a lighter pink. These two inspiration boards are kind of the feel I want.
This is my venue:
Is it possible to combine my two themes, and have it fit my venue? Any pictures, ideas, help would be SPECTACULAR!!!
Post # 3
I think you can combine them nicely!
For centerpieces, you can place the vase on an old book (think thrift shop hardcovers with the jacket removed) so you only generally see the dark colored cloth binding.
You can tie in the literary piece lots of places. Depending on what you do for a guest book you can write great quotes on top of each page or on each card (IE if they were writing you advice instead of signing a book)
For escort cards I think you can make them to look like an old page of a (small) book. You know how they make treasure maps by soaking paper in tea and wrinkling it? It can stand upright by attaching it to a cork.
Post # 4
@lefeymw: Those are great ideas! I love the tea-soaked paper idea. That’d be fun to do, too! Thank you!
Post # 5
I think that combination would be beautiful. Maybe base your idea off of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream? You don’t have to break out fairy wings or anything, but I think using things like moss and river stones and lots of candles in your decor will help. Like lefeymw suggested, you could use old books on the tables and whatnot. Do you and your Fiance have any poems or short stories that mean a lot to you? You could make a guestbook where every other page has a poem/part of a story on it, and guests could sign the opposite blank pages (you could line the pages to make it easier for them to write in straight lines).
If it’s in your budget, you could have twinkle lights or little crystals hanging from your manzanita branches. That would give them a sort of fantasy appeal.
This wedding (albeit probably reall expensive) has similar colors to yours and did a Midsummer Night’s Dream theme. You could get ideas from it to incorporate with your ring books, table numbers, and table names.
Post # 6
I love this idea! I think it could work together really nicely.
I read something on a blog a while ago about a bride who made her guest book out of an old hardcover book. She took the pages out of the binding and gave directions on how to replace them with blank pages for guests to sign. The finished product looked just like an old book, but guests could sign the new paper inside. I’m trying to find it, but in the meantime, here’s a wedding that might be similar to your theme…
Post # 7
@mmbar: I LOOOOOVE Midsummer Night’s Dream. I used to teach it, and it always made me sad when my kids hated it haha. That’s exactly where my inspiration came from!
@McVerde: Thank you! That link has a ton of great ideas. And that girl’s dress is stunning! 🙂
Post # 8
I hope this is not a double post, but I did reply and don’t see it added to the thread.
It was random thoughts:
With your venue, blush, gold and champagne could add to the ethereal feeling
Use Dover Thrift Edition books as your favors:http://store.doverpublications.com/
card catalog seating cards
famous literary couples
Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes, Zelda and F Scott Fitzgerald; Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre
contemporary author couples
Jonathan Safran Foer and Nicole Kraus; Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman; Zadie Smith and Nick Laird
Post # 9
@tntrav44: I also loved A Midsummer Night’s Dream. I think it’s one of those plays that isn’t that fun to read, but when you see it performed, you realize how hilarious it is. Good luck with your wedding. It sounds like it’s going to be beautiful!