Monday, 30 June 2014

The Catcher In The Rye Wedding

"Make sure you marry someone 
who laughs at the same things you do." 
- The Catcher In The Rye

What do you do when your favourite book just isn't suitable for the theme of you wedding ? The Catcher In The Rye is one of these books. A classic coming of age novel, The Catcher In The Rye is often a favourite with literary lovers, but the story-line is just so unsuitable for a day that celebrates two lives coming together through love. It just doesn't work. But if you're dead set on celebrating not only the love between you and your partner, but the love between you and your favourite book, then why not try using it as your colour palette ? 

The Catcher In Rye's cover is unmistakable and instantly recognisable, and the deep oranges and bright yellows are perfect for an Autumn wedding! 

I love this orange desk, it would look perfect inside or out, decorated with vintage books and a typewriter for your guests to type out advice to you and your dearly beloved.
 Orange is such a fun colour, and you could mirror this and the books twist by adding a flash of Orange to your wedding shoes!



Sunday, 29 June 2014

Where The Wild Things Are Wedding

"I'll eat you up, I love you so!" - Where The Wild Things Are

The night Max wore his wolf suit... could very well be the most important day of your life. 
Get back to nature, and revert to childhood innocence with this classic children's story by Maurice Sendak as your theme.  

Where The Wild Things Are begins when a young boy called Max puts on his wolf suit and creates mischief of one kind, and another, and another. If you're going to be doing the same you'll need an ankle length dress to allow your legs the movement needed to climb tree's and join in the wild rumpus (aka your family's embarrassing dance moves!) 

For this wedding the setting absolutely needs to be outdoors, if you're set on an indoor ceremony consider having your reception outside instead. Although the story is all about creating mischief, you can keep your wedding elegant by purchasing broken furniture online or at auction and using turf to decorate them. You could even create a turf-throne for the newly crowned King and Queen of all the Wild Things! Speaking of which,  how can you be King and Queen of all the Wild Things if you don't have a crown ? 

Take elements from nature by using engraved wood slices as your Save The Dates or as wedding favours for your guests.  Placing the rings in a nest adds a whimsical touch.

Catering is the perfect area to show off your theme, in the story Max is sent to bed without any supper, but when he sails home he found that it was waiting for him. And it was still hot. Mirror this by serving hot finger foods on wood slices to your guests. 
Milk and cookies would be a great finishing touch for the classic children's story theme.



Saturday, 28 June 2014

Fortune Telling Wedding Favour Tutorial

These fortune tellers are the perfect wedding favours for a book themed day. It allows you to get creative and to add a personal touch to your day, and creating them yourself means it wont break the bank 
(and leaves more money for the dream dress!)

I used to love making fortune tellers in primary school, they gave us hours on fun in the playground it brought back a flood of memories whilst making these. Your guests are sure to feel the same way, and it's a great ice breaker game for the tables. It invites everyone to start 
a conversation with one another. 

1) Start with a single page and remove the white borders with scissors. If you're worried about destroying a book try and find one that's already falling apart in a charity shop!  Fold the left hand corner 
upwards until it reaches the opposite side.

2) Next fold the right hand corner upwards until it reaches the opposite side.

3) Remove the excess paper with a pair of scissors. You can throw this away or keep it for other paper decorations.

4) Unfold the triangle into a square and lay it flat. 
Take each of the corners and fold them inwards until they meet in the centre. 

5) Turn the page over and fold each of the corners inwards until they meet in the centre. 

6) Fold the page in half once.

7) Unfold and pull the four ends together, making a diamond-like shape. Pick up each of the four square flaps, and put your fingers inside. You will be able to move the four parts around.

8) Lay the fortune teller flat again with the four flaps upwards.

 9) On each of the four flaps write a different genre of literature.
 I chose crime, romance, sci-fi and classic's but you could also use horror, non-fiction, thriller, children's and any others that take your fancy!

10) Turn the fortune teller over and each of the eight sides write a different number. 

11) Underneath each of the numbered flaps should be the fortune that you wish to predict for your guests.  I decided my question would be "Who is your literary lover ?" and chose eight famous characters to write underneath each of the flaps. You could ask other questions such as "What book are you ?"or even theme it to a specific book with a question like "Which Harry Potter character are you ?" 

The possibilities truly are endless!

12) Repeat step 7 and here you have the finished result! 
The perfect wedding favour for your big day! 


Let me know what you think in the comments, what questions and fortunes would you use ?


Save The Page

One of my current literary lusts are bookmarks as Save The Dates. 
It's the perfect way to introduce your guests to the style of your wedding, and if they're as bonkers about books as you are they'll adore them! Not only will it truly remind them to save the date (since they'll see it every time they turn the page on their favourite paper back) but it's a fantastic keep sake to remind everyone of your super special day (and a great reminder for anniversary gifts to come!) 

Here are my 3 top Save The Date bookmarks!
Retro Wedding Invitations are responsible for these gorgeous Save The Date bookmarks, inspired by the classic Penguin covers. Not only are they stunning to stare at but they're also practical, doubling up as a library card! The beautiful design is instantly recognisable and not only will it look fantastic in your guests books but even non-readers (hiss) will understand the literary reference! 
There's also a punctured hole, perfect for adding a ribbon that matches your colour scheme!

This is just one example of the lovely range of Save The Date bookmarks by A La Carte Studio. I love the personalised touch to this set. You could hire a photographer to take the perfect book-themed engagement photograph for the back to tie everything in together. I'm also a sucker for the mismatched font look, and this design captures that beautifully.
These bookmarks are adorable! Although they lack the personal touch of the previous Save The Date, the fact that they're handmade means not only are they thoughtful, but you'll save a small fortune! 
I particularly love the tassels and the printed hand pointing towards the top. It gives the Save The Date bookmark a classic vintage feel.


So there you have it!
Have you, or would you use bookmark Save The Dates as part of your literary themed wedding ? 
Which of these 3 are your favourites ? or can you recommend any others ?
Let me know in the comments.