Tag Archives: books

Seating booklets?

6 Oct

Oh, Martha Stewart Weddings, you’ve done it to me again. Found this lovely and creative seating card display today, from a real wedding. See here, and make sure to link through to Liezel and Christopher’s wedding.

seating card booklets

tiny books!

I think this could be a DIY for me. It’s wonderfully within the themes of our wedding, and selecting quotes to include could also be a great way to share a little more of ourselves with our guests. Thinking cap on for ways to make it my own.



11 Sep

I might have mentioned before that books are very important in my life. I’m a children’s book editor in real life — that’s my job, and sometimes I’m sure it defines me in other ways, too. Growing up, I was an absolute bookworm, and I can track stages of my childhood and adolescence through the books I loved and read again and again.

Sweets had a different experience with books, as he had a longer road to reading in English and the books that were popular with American children, but he, too, has a great many novels and reading experiences that mark his childhood.

All that considered, I was thrilled with Sweets suggested we might use children’s books, and the books that were important to us in our formative years, as part of the theme and decor of our wedding. We thought we might use books as part of the tablescape/centerpieces for each table at the reception. Instead of numbers, our tables might have author names to correspond with the collection of books displayed. And we’ll create a bookplate for each that thanks our guests for celebrating and sharing the stories with us. Guests can take them home, then, as a favor and a memory of us.

So last night we spent time pouring through the shelves at The Strand and another little used book shop in the Union Square area. We gathered some great finds to start our collection.children's booksWe have a much longer list of titles and authors we’d like to include, but it’s a great start!

There are plenty of other ways I think we might use books in the wedding, too. I’ll share those soon.

I crave

13 Jul

A Book of the Month clutch:


a wedding with the Works?

1 Jul

Gosh, it’s difficult to get wedding planning up and running, isn’t it? I’ve been doing a lot of research into wedding and reception venues in New York, emailing and calling to get pricing, and of course when I’m encouraged, checking out spaces. Yesterday my sister and I made a trip downtown to the Housing Works Bookstore Cafe in Soho, which is an unusual but perhaps WONDERFUL venue for a wedding.

Two things to tell you about which might explain my interest: one, in my real, non-wedding life, I work in the publishing industry. Books have been a huge part of my life forever, and the idea of getting married among stacks and shelves and piles of books is very romantic to me. Maybe you guessed I had an affinity for the printed word when I jumped on the whole diy book decor idea a week or so ago? And second, I love the idea that the thousands and thousands of dollars we’ll be spending to celebrate our marriage doesn’t just go to some big company’s profits.  Housing Works is a community service organization.The bookstore is staffed by volunteers and almost 100% of their profits go to ending the twin crises of AIDS and homelessness. Wow. I’d love to be able to tell my guests that our wedding was doing GOOD as well as being a good party. And they have a catering company affiliated with them — The Works Catering. They’re non-profit, too. And the food looks nummy.

In addition, I knew my sister, who will be standing next to me at my wedding, would also be passionate about the cause and the possibilities. She works as an HIV counselor at one of the major hospitals here in New York, and she knows Housing Works and how they help. It was a great experience for us to visit the bookstore together — we had a great time.

So here are a few photos (taken with my phone, so please excuse any blurriness). As you might guess, my mind is racing with ideas for how we could make the space even more beautiful and reflective of us and our love. I’d love to have your thoughts!

Thinking DIY and books

22 Jun

After I thought more about the book decor post yesterday, I remembered a half-finished project on the back of a shelf. Months ago I was inspired by book art on Etsy — probably something from Rhymes with Magic — and I turned an old paperback novel I knew I wouldn’t read again into a practice project. Last night while the Sweets and I were watching TV, I decided to finish folding the pages, and I made this:

folded book vase

forgive the silk flower and dusty window pane, please!

While I was shooting a few photos of this basic concept, I got to thinking about the other DIY things I could do around books. Not too long ago I bought up several yards of gorgeous home deco fabric from Anna Maria Horner when I found it on sale; I love its subtle nod to rickety piles of much-loved books. I didn’t have a plan for how I was going to use it in any of my sewing projects, but now I wonder….

red flower and book fabric for wedding?orange flower and book fabricDisplay tables? What do you think? Any comments appreciated to help me fine-tune this idea would be most welcome.

Oooh, and look what else I found: http://www.etsy.com/listing/46631993/folded-heart-book. I LOVE!

Books as decor

21 Jun

I’m totally in love with this, as seen on bonafidebride.com and 100layercake.com/blog. I’m thinking about covering my books in red paper, but there’s something gorgeous and simple about all these shades of white and cream.

books as wedding decor? yes, please!