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So, you’re having a romantic, vintage wedding, and you’re looking for a unique way to dress up your reception tables. Insert vintage books.

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Not only is this an eco-friendly decoration option (no new materials are needed), but the books add a touch of whimsy and character. They make a great base for milk jars filled with wildflowers, or they are great by themselves. Plus, you can even use them in photos.

Jessica Claire used this idea in her last photography workshop, stacking Anthropologie coffee mugs on top. She even used old books for her very own wedding invitations (see the post here).

Image courtesy of Jessica Claire – Photographer

You can find old books at garage sales, book swaps, used book stores, eBay and the list goes on.  They are pretty inexpensive, but can make a big impact.


  1. Okay so my fiancee and I met at a bookstore and I am trying to figure out a way to incorporate books into the reception. I was thinking about doing something similar to the second picture and stacking our centerpieces on stacks of books.

  2. landlockedbride
    8:09 pm on November 10th, 2009

    @Sarah LOVE that idea!