(Closed) Using books in my centerpieces, need feedback

posted 6 years ago in Decor
  • poll: Of the options below, which do you think we should go with?
    #1 (fabric sleeves) : (5 votes)
    16 %
    #2 (use prettier books) : (18 votes)
    56 %
    #3 (books are lame) : (5 votes)
    16 %
    Other (please comment!) : (4 votes)
    13 %
  • Post # 3
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: February 2013

    I love the idea!

    Post # 4
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: April 2018

    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
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    336 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2014

    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  
    http://cdn.blogs.babble.com/family-style/files/camera-book/996.png 

    Post # 6
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    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    @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

    http://rive.rs/projects/how-to-hollow-out-a-book

    Failing having all that time and no life, you could cover the books in maps.

    Post # 7
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    Helper bee

    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
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I covered the vintage books I collected from thrifts store with sheet music if they were in rough shape 

    Post # 9
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    and I made our ring bearers “pillow” from a book 

    Post # 10
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    Post # 11
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    Post # 12
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: December 2014

    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
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House

    You can always cover them in wrapping paper that goes with your color scheme

    Post # 14
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2012

    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:

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