Literary Wedding

Bibliophile (n)

a person, or collector, who has a great love of books.

origin: from Greek biblion = book, and philos = loving

Are you a fan of literary themed weddings? Well, I’ve got a treat for you today! Blogerina Courtney from She Always Loved Larking had a fabulous post featuring a bridal shower she threw for a bibliophilic bride! Check out some of the pictures below and read the full post here. (My favorite part of this bridal shower are the chocolate pies from The Help – minus, of course, the ‘secret ingredient). Plus, read on for a list of literary lovers and feel free to add to it in the comments!

book themed bridal shower

book themed bridal shower

book themed bridal shower

book themed bridal shower

Take your literary lovers themed wedding to the next level with this ceremony bookshelf frame and table numbers featured on Spearmint Wedding. View more amazing book table numbers here!

book lovers weddingTable numbers not your thing? Another awesome idea is to name them after literary couples!

literary wedding table names

Love the idea of tables named after literary lovers? Here’s a quick list I thought up…

Anne of Green Gables and Gilbert Blythe, Romeo and Juliet (sorta tragic, and they only knew each other for like, a week), Lancelot and Guinevere, Paris and Helena, Scarlett O’Hara and Rhett Butler, Harry Potter and Ginny Weasley (yea I went there – so you may as well add Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger), Heathcliff and Catherine (from Wuthering Heights, mildly creepy if you consider she’s his adopted sister), Anna Karenina and Count Vronsky (again, maybe not the best choice since it’s a bit of a ‘train wreck’), Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy, Jo and Frederick (from Little Women), Noah and Allie (from The Notebook), Jamie and Landon (from A Walk to Remember), main character lady who is never named in Rebecca and Maxim de Winter, Jane Eyre and Mr. Rochester, Gatsby and Daisy, Dr. Zhivago and Lara, Marlena and Jacob (from Water for Elephants), Pip and Estella (from Great Expectations) Stevens and Miss Kenton (from The Remains of the Day) and…. that’s all I’ve got at the moment. Click the links to see inspiration boards inspired by these literary lovers…. and please add more in the comments at the bottom!

Great gift idea for your bridesmaids:

book purse

And last, but not least, don’t forget to get a shot of your bouquet with a few of your favorite titles.

book themed wedding

photo credits: bridal party, S & B mugs with flowers, programs sign made with books, pages table runner, vintage typewriter guest book, candle, vintage book confetti. 

About Sara Burnett

Editor of Burnett's Boards, which she founded to showcase global creativity in the wedding industry. Sara currently lives out of a suitcase while island hopping the Caribbean and beyond. Learn More // Follow on Instagram.


  1. Lovely. Well thought out and images to match!

  2. Names and places instead of Table numbers are the worst Idea ever…. guests have a terrible time finding the table especially if there are more than 5 tables. Use numbers.

    • I disagree. I had loads of tables at my wedding and named them after Hawaiian islands – guests loved it! Wasn’t an issue at all. Give your guests a little more credit than that!

    • We had seven tables named after TV shows, with big corresponding signs on each table. People figured it out – haha.

  3. For the table names you should add Marius and Cosette (Les Misérables), Charles Darnay and Lucie Manette (Tale of Two Cities), Gwynplaine and Déa (The Man Who Laughs), Janie and Tea Cake (Their Eyes Were Watching God), Hamlet and his mom (sorry, I had to!), Laura and Almanzo (Little House series), Ernest and Gwendolyn (The Importance of Being Earnest), and Katniss and Peeta (The Hunger Games, hey might as well.)

  4. The literary idea is cute and all, but I feel like a bondafide book lover would know that some of those “loves” aren’t ones they should want, like Romeo and Juliet and Gatsby and Daisy. At risk of sounding like a condescending analyst, Gatsby’s love for Daisy may make him heroic, but his obsession is what leads to his downfall — not an idea I’d like at a wedding. As an English teacher, I can’t help but cringe and stuff like that. Ick!

  5. For some more ideas for tables, there are Benedick and Beatrice (Much Ado About Nothing), Westley and Buttercup (The Princess Bride), Lord Goring and Mabel (An Ideal Husband), and Hanna and Kip (The English Patient). the inclusion of the de Winters was cool.

  6. Thinking of doing the table naming for my wedding! I came up with Carl and Ellie and Wall-e and Eve yesterday. My family likes Pixar haha.

  7. A.Boxen says

    Where did you get the invites? I adore them!

  8. I agree, naming the tables instead of numbering is not always the best choice… A friend of mine asked to help out with her “gemstones” themed wedding where she wants to name each of the 17 tables after a gemstone. I think it will be difficult for most people to figure out The difference between the “moonstone table” and “alexandrite table” and so I suggested to do both – number and name… This makes it easier to list everyone on the seating chart too because we will just write table numbers next to the last names of the guests, not the gem names which can be quite long.