Post # 1
Hi guys, I’m having a small dilemma for my centerpieces that I would like an opinion on.
I want to incorporate books into the centerpieces, because my FH and I both love to read. I really like ideas like this (especially because I will not be having many flowers, probably only one or two small vases per table). But, I took it one step further and thought it might be fun to code name the tables based on the type(s) of book(s) on the table, then raffle the books off at the end of the night. The problem is, I’d want to give out books I/we have a connection with (not random vintage ones) and those are mostly, well, modern. I think that having classy hardcover books on the table looks better than, for example, Life of Pi would. So, I am wrestling with three ideas I’d like people to vote on.
1: make fabric sleeves for the books; this would let us use the books we want, but also colour co-ordinate and make them a little more appeasing to the eye. Though this way, we wouldn’t be able to name the tables (nobody would know which books were on the table).
2: use dummy books on the table (try and find some more visually appealing ones at a local library/yard sale/ebay/whathaveyou) and then raffle off books we like later anyway.
3: scratch the book idea – nobody reads anymore, and it’s a little geeky. (We are geeky types, and I know this, so I won’t take it personally. 😉 )
Please let me know what you guys think!
Post # 4
If you love to read, and the books you read are modern, put those on the table, don’t feel embarassed or self conscious…I think it’s a neat idea to share your favorite books with the guests….and paperbacks have character of their own that’s different from an old dusty hardcover….I think it’s an eccelctic and interesting element, a conversation starter and very original.
Post # 5
Heyyyyyy!! Whats wrong with Life of Pi?! Thats a phenomenal book!!!!! lol
If you wanna be modern, just use kindles are your centerpieces! 😛 I keed, I keed!
Super cute idea.. I like it..
There’s a website called Thriftbooks.com that sells used books, and a lotof them are liek $3 a book.. Maybe you can check out if any of the are hard covers worth buying, for the sake of your centerpieces. Also, check out craigslist and local garage sales..
ALSOOO, a lot of hard cover books have a sleeve over it, ad then underneath the sleeve, is just a black or brown hard cover.. Perhaps you can just get rid of all of the sleeves so all the books will look vintagey..
If the book idea ends up being a bust, my cousin did something AWESOME at her wedding.. She had giant vases as centerpieces fill with fake roses.. and the rose petals were music note sheets (their theme was music).. It looked really nice. Perhaps you can tear out the pages from a favorite book that both of you love,and make “rose petals” out of the pages from that particular story book..
similar to this.. but attached to long sticks and put on giant vases as centerpieces
Post # 6
@Sevyn: If you prefer the look of hardcover books ( and have plenty of time and nothing else to do until your wedding), you can find ones that are larger than the books you intend to give away.
You can still pick books by their subject matter.
Hollow out the harcover books and place the smaller ones inside
Failing having all that time and no life, you could cover the books in maps.
Post # 7
I share your love for the lost art of reading, but realize that 1) unless you’re a teacher, you cannot force anyone to read, and 2) even your guests who read may not share your taste in literature, or may prefer e-readers to “real” books. So to keep your theme true to you, why not use titles of your favorite books as table names, and create centerpieces from random hardbacks that coordinate well with your colors. You could frame the “table names” in vintage-type frames that coordinate well with the feel of the real books. Using both your favorite titles and the look of cool, vintage books might fill both needs for you, without imposing your reading tastes on your guests. And for the record, if I received a book as a wedding favor, I’d be immersed in it for the rest of the evening, oblivious to the lovely wedding going on all around me! Good luck – please post your final table look.
Post # 8
I covered the vintage books I collected from thrifts store with sheet music if they were in rough shape
Post # 9
and I made our ring bearers “pillow” from a book
Post # 12
I love this idea… I say use books that are meaningful to you and decorate to make the whole centrepiece look more vintage.
Post # 13
- Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House
You can always cover them in wrapping paper that goes with your color scheme
Post # 14
I looove books and used them around my wedding! I didn’t cover mine, I like they way old books look on their own, very charming. I picked them based on color so I didn’t know what half the books were about lol.
I made my cardbox out of hollow books:
I had every other centerpiece sitting on a family bible because they were super old and pretty:
I had some on my welcome table where people signed the guestbook and found their escort card as well: