Book Lovers Wedding Ideas

Jane Austen Quote - "I declare after all ther is no enjoyment like reading."

It’s no secret – I’m crazy about books. My range invitations are, for the most part, inspired by books – romance and otherwise – that I’ve loved. I see reading as the perfect stress-free activity, which makes it a brilliant help when you’re planning a wedding!

With that in mind, I wanted to pull together some book lovers wedding ideas and inspiration. I’ll be adding more blogs to this theme as time goes on, but for now…

We’ve a new category on the site – a selection of invitations designed for Book Lovers. Featuring our top literary-inspired selections for your book-lover’s wedding. From Jane Austen (of course!) and some of her most beloved characters, through Dickens and on to more modern queens of romance. 

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Featuring gorgeous watercolour greenery, striking classics and beautiful florals.

Check them out here, and keep an eye out for new additions over the next few months. For more book lovers wedding ideas, check out our Pinterest board.

Have you read something wonderful that you’d like to take inspiration from for your wedding? Drop me a line and we can talk about your options to commission a bespoke design.

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Giftast Loves… The Vine Witch

The Vine Witch, by Luanne G. Smith

 

 
 
 
 
 
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I had to keep this secret for SO long, but today is the day. THE VINE WITCH is an Amazon First Read for September!! #debutauthor #fantasy

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If I’d not already decided to bring back #GiftastLoves, then I would have to tell you about The Vine Witch. It’s an Amazon First Read for this month, so maybe go download it immediately, then come back here and finish reading my review.

Having escaped from a curse which left her trapped in the body of a toad for 7 long years, Elena Boureanu returns to Château Renard to find that much has changed in her absence. The now failing vineyard has been bought by Vigneron Jean-Paul Martel, a mortal with a distaste for witchcraft and superstition. Elena must fight Jean-Paul’s prejudice, the curious web of hexes which has been cast over the vineyard in her absence, and her unquenchable thirst for revenge, to restore Château Renard to it’s full glory.

"And yet just because a thing can't be seen doesn't mean it isn't real." - The Vine Witch, Luanne G Smith

So let’s start at the beginning.

This book has the weirdest opening I’ve ever read. It’s just – I love it. I think it’s gross, but I love it. It’s a strange, jarring thing, which I’m not going to spoil for you by sharing. But it’s brave, and interesting, and immediately gripping. 

The storytelling is atmospheric and fast-paced, and I absolutely raced through the book because I couldn’t put it down. Elena is a witch, yes, but human and relatable in her overwhelming desire for revenge. I was with her at every stage – first willing her to do the unthinkable, then mellowed by the handsome, kind Jean-Paul and his slow steps towards belief. 

I find witchcraft so interesting. It’s a feminine realm, one crushed and persecuted over centuries. We forget, I think, how much has been lost due to fear and ignorance. Yet we’re currently in a resurgence – I went into a remainder book shop the other day and saw 6+ books on spells, and half of them were for kitchen witches, (the side of witchcraft I imagine is most closely related to vine witchcraft).

The thing about Giftast Loves is that I only put stuff up here that I like.

This way I get to share the things I love, and we all get a little bit more positivity in our lives. I’ve always liked the idea of karma, and so the witchy idea that whatever you put out, you get threefold in return, really chimed with me. It’s encouraged me, since I put the book down, to try and be kinder. Not just because I think I’ll get nastiness back threefold, but because it’s just nicer being kind. 

So rather than a book review per se, I’m more sharing how this book made me feel. It boiled my blood with thoughts of revenge, it cooled and calmed and healed me, and it made me sad. But most of all, it made me want to be kinder, not only to other people but also to myself. 

The Vine Witch is written by Luanne G. Smith and published by 47North.

You can buy it here – it is part of Amazon First Reads for September 2019.

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Get Christmas Party Ready with our Festive Corporate Range

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Deck those halls and trim those trees – it’s Christmas party time! You’ve been planning since last January, and there’ve been three theme changes. Your spreadsheet is so large it takes five minutes to open.

Add that final gloss on the night with our Festive range, including table numbers, A1 table plan, place cards with optional printed names and multi-use matching cards.

Colour changes and logo included at no extra charge. Minimum order of 30 for place cards and cards. Download our Corporate Brochure for more information.

Where To Start With Wedding Planning

Where to start with Wedding Planning? Pinterest graphic

Where to start with Wedding Planning?

Congratulations! You’re on top of the world, dreaming of your big day, and the happiness of spending the rest of your life with the one you love more than anyone else. There are magazines to buy, Pinterest boards to make, and wedding day outfits to dream of. Life is a whirlwind of congratulations, celebratory catch-ups and general happiness, wishing peace and goodwill to all humanity.

But then… reality kicks in. After a few days/weeks/years of basking in the glow of your own future happiness, you realise that if you want to actually get married, you’ll need to start planning. And boy, is there a lot to do. And who knows where to start with wedding planning?

So, like anything you want to know more about, you google it. 

Woah, that’s a lot of lists. 

Lists of things you should have, things you apparently need, and things you’ve never seen at a single wedding you’ve attended, but are described as a *must have*. Everyone wants to sell you something, and costs start to mount in your head, spiralling out of control before you’ve even spent a penny. 

If you’re feeling overwhelmed, and like there simply aren’t enough hours in the day, then this blog is for you. Don’t let the overwhelm get you down – you can do it, and it will all be worth it. And don’t forget, you aren’t in this alone.

I’ve pulled together a starter list, to give you an easy place to start. It’s just suggestions, to get you thinking.

This starter list is a companion to the method of Getting wedding sh*t done which I talk about in my book, How To Plan Your Perfect Wedding: A Stress-Free Guide To Designing Your Big Day, but it’s a handy starting place if you just use it on it’s own.

You can download the list HERE.

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This post is in part an excerpt from How To Plan Your Perfect Wedding: A Stress-Free Guide To Designing Your Big Day

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How To Decide What to DIY at Your Wedding

How to decide what to DIY at your wedding

How To Decide What to DIY at Your Wedding?

If you’re struggling for budget, or time, then DIY can be a help or a hindrance. As with everything else in planning your wedding, you need to figure out what’s best for you.

How to decide what to DIY at your wedding, when you’re stressed? Try answering these questions:

  1. How much would it cost to get it done professionally?
  2. Can I afford it?
  3. How much would it cost to DIY?
  4. Would I be able to DIY it to a quality level I’ll be happy with?
  5. Would it be worth the time it takes to DIY?

I’m going to use stationery as an example, as it’s the basis of my experience. I’m not going to tell you that you need to pay someone – specifically me – and that you don’t have a choice.

In fact, if you want to DIY stationery, that’s great! 

I love designing and making stationery, it’s a really cool hobby that I get to do as a job. I love little fiddly bits of decoration, and I love making sure the tiny details are correct. Honestly, it’s my cocaine. And if you like making things, and you find it soothing, then I absolutely encourage you to DIY your invitations. If you’ve a crafty relative who loves to do it, and they want to help, then go for it. 

But sometimes when you’ve decided to DIY, even with the best will in the world, you just run out of time. So you either hire a professional last minute, which can be expensive, or you buy the first decent, generic ones you see in a supermarket while you do the weekly shop, and then have to spend ages hand-writing all your extra details.

I’m not trying to put you off, honestly, and I’m only using stationery as an example because it’s what I know about. So before you commit to DIY or not to DIY, consider the pros and cons, the time investment, and if you will actually enjoy it or not. 

Decided not to DIY your stationery? Check out or ranges here and sign up for our newsletter for a discount!

This post is an excerpt from How To Plan Your Perfect Wedding: A Stress-Free Guide To Designing Your Big Day

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Northanger Abbey Stylish On The Day Wedding Stationery Collection

Northanger Abbey Stylish On The Day Wedding Stationery Collection

Introducing our Northanger Abbey Inspired Stylish On The Day Wedding Stationery Collection!

“If adventures will not befall a young lady in her own village, she must seek them abroad.”

– Jane Austen

Find the adventure with this stylish range, inspired by Northanger Abbey.

Who among us hasn’t gone off to Bath, hungry for adventure, only to end up falling in love with the first man we meet? Don’t get me wrong, Mr Tilney has some great one-liners. If he’ll forgive me for assuming his dad killed his mum then he’s definitely a keeper! Although Catherine learned her lesson, we can’t expect her to give up the Gothic altogether, can we? There’s just a hint of it in what I’m delighting in calling A BLOOD RED HEART motif 😉 

The Northanger Abbey Inspired Stylish On The Day Wedding Stationery Collection includes:

Want something different? Learn more about how you can customise our ranges here

Mansfield Park Kraft Paper On The Day Wedding Stationery Collection

Mansfield Park Kraft Paper On The Day Wedding Stationery Collection

Introducing our Mansfield Park Kraft Paper On The Day Wedding Stationery Collection!

“I think it ought not to be set down as certain, that a man must be acceptable to every woman he may happen to like himself.”

– Jane Austen

Classic and understated – our rustic Kraft Paper On The Day Collection.

Fanny Price gets a bad rap. Mansfield Park is, what, the least popular of Austen’s novels? Edmund is… not to everyone’s taste, but forget all that! Let’s focus on the positive. The enduring, constancy of love, the quiet dignity of standing your ground because of what you know in yourself to be right. Not bad things to base a marriage on, eh?

Our sample here is a classic black ink, but we can change yours to fit your theme free of charge.

The Mansfield Park Kraft Paper On The Day Wedding Stationery Collection includes:

Want something different? Learn more about how you can customise our ranges here

Sense & Sensibility Watercolour Greenery On The Day Wedding Stationery Collection

Sense & Sensibility Watercolour Greenery On The Day Wedding Stationery Collection

Introducing our Sense & Sensibility Watercolour Greenery On The Day Wedding Stationery Collection!

“I come here with no expectations, only to profess, now that I am at liberty to do so, that my heart is and always will be…yours.”

– Jane Austen, Sense & Sensibility

Channel your inner Elinor with this Sense & Sensibility inspired Watercolour Greenery On The Day Stationery.

If you’ve finally come to an arrangement with the honourable but misguided brother of your not-so-nice sister in law. A handsome, older but devoted colonel has engaged the affections of your younger sister. Maybe you’re looking forward to settling down in a modestly sized parish with an even more modest income. Hey, this sweet range featuring watercolour greenery could be the one for you!

Printed on gorgeous, thick textured paper, each piece looks hand-painted. These Orders of Service are hand-finished with a black bow – this can be changed to fit your colour scheme at no extra cost.

The Sense & Sensibility Watercolour Greenery On The Day Wedding Stationery Collection includes:

Want something different? Learn more about how you can customise our ranges here

Emma Pink Floral On The Day Wedding Stationery Collection

Emma Pink Floral On The Day Wedding Stationery Collection

Introducing our gorgeous Emma Pink Floral On The Day Wedding Stationery Collection.

“I always deserve the best treatment because I never put up with any other.”

– Jane Austen, Emma

Feel handsome, clever and rich with this Emma-inspired Pink Stationery.

Marrying Paul Rudd? Perhaps Jeremy Northam? Johnny Lee Miller? Mark Strong? Whether it’s none or all of the above, show off the union of yourself and your Mr Knightley with this pretty monogrammed set. Done with meddling in the love affairs of others, you can bask in the glory of your own match. 

Printed on gorgeous, thick textured paper,  and double sided for that extra wow factor. I’ve also included a monogram, to give you that extra pop of colour! Our sample here is pink – could Emma have any other colour? But we can change yours to fit your theme free of charge.

The Emma Pink Floral On The Day Wedding Stationery Collection includes:

Want something different? Learn more about how you can customise our ranges here

Persuasion-Inspired Watercolour On The Day Wedding Stationery Collection

Persuasion-Inspired Watercolour On The Day Wedding Stationery Collection

Introducing our Persuasion-Inspired Watercolour On The Day Wedding Stationery Collection!

“There could have been no two hearts so open, no tastes so similar, no feelings so in unison”

– Jane Austen, Persuasion

Your wedding stationery needn’t be a wash-out with this watercolour set. Whether or not you’ve waited eight years for your beloved to propose again!

The umbrella scene inspires this delicate pink and grey wash set. You know the one! In the coffee shop, when it’s raining and Captain Wentworth offers Anne his umbrella. *Swooning sigh* I just love this scene, although I don’t entirely know why. Perhaps it’s the umbrella/giant hat combo. Anyway…

Printed on gorgeous, thick textured paper, each piece in the watercolour order of service looks hand-painted. So it’s particularly befitting the daughter of a foolish spendthrift Baronet!

The Persuasion-Inspired Watercolour On The Day Wedding Stationery Collection includes:

Want something different? Learn more about how you can customise our ranges here