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New York Bookshop Wedding

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Jade and David were married in a New York bookshop in August. They themed their wedding around their love of travel, and on the tables were photo props for each of the cities they were named after. “We were inspired New York!”, said Jade. “It was the first place we went on holiday together and we’ve been back a few times since. We knew it would be the perfect place for us to get married.”

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After photos around Soho with their photographer, Sascha Reinking, the wedding itself was held at Housing Works Bookstore. “The venue was completely different to any wedding we’d ever been to. As it’s not a typical wedding venue and I suppose we both worried a little on how it might go. However the team there were so incredibly professional and the whole wedding went so smoothly. Also the wedding officiant, Reverend D, can only be described as unique, alternative and different! She was amazing, we each filled out a survey from her before the wedding so she could personalise the ceremony for us. It was short (just as we wanted), hilarious, sweet and so perfect for us. She stayed for the dinner and party after and our guests loved her just as much as we do!”

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DIY Tutorial: Folded Book Art Centrepieces

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If you’re considering a literary inspired wedding, or perhaps just want something a bit different for your centrepieces, then folded book art could be the answer. With a bit of practice and concentration, folded book art is easy to accomplish at a very low cost!

Thank you to Rachael Mills for submitting this fab tutorial and to Foldilocks for the folding pattern. Download the (free!) heart pattern before you begin, you’ll need it for the tutorial to make sense!

Supplies needed:

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♥ Hardback book, at least 20 cm tall (for this pattern you need a book with at least 82 pages – the pattern has 41 folds, each of which needs one sheet)
♥ Ruler
♥ Pencil

Method:

Step 1: Place the book in front of you as though you are about to begin reading it. Now turn it 90 degrees anti-clockwise until the spine is facing you.

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Step 2: A pattern looks better if it’s placed centrally in the book so we now need to calculate which page to start at. To do this simply divide the total number of pages by two to find out the total number of folds possible within your particular book. Mine has 473 pages so that means the maximum folds my pattern can have with 236. Them, subtract the number of folds that the pattern requires. This pattern has 41 folds so for my book the sum is 236 – 41 = 195. That means my starting point is page 195.

Don’t worry if you hate maths as this becomes second nature after a few patterns!

Step 3: You’ll be measuring from the top left corner across the book so place the 0cm mark of the ruler at the left hand edge of your starting page. You need to leave some room on the page to make the marks so don’t line it up too closely to the long edge of the page.

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Fantasy and Fiction Wedding

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Lauren and JP’s Glasgow wedding was based on their mutual love of Scotland and literature. “Our inspiration was really just stuff we like”, Lauren wrote. “Medieval mixed with Scottish mixed with books mixed with 50s mixed with tattoos mixed with pumpkins! It was lucky that our mish-mash just worked in the space together! There’s nothing like that moment when you see your vision for the day come together so well.”

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“If I had to describe the theme to someone I would say ‘fantasy and fiction’ as books really ended up as our main theme. We had the tables named after our favourite authors, bookmark favours and many other little nods to authors like the card box in the shape of the luggage from Terry Pratchett’s Discworld book series.”

“The cake was made by my brother and was decorated with spines of books we have read and loved. It was a chocolate and whisky sponge and looked amazing! The cake was my big surprise on the day as he kept his plans a secret. My brother is a pastry chef and has worked in some pretty prestigious places so a lot was expected of him, and he certainly delivered! After the wedding he tweeted pictures of his cake to some of the authors featured on it and they responded!”

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Detail Orientated Glaswegian Wedding: Lindsey & Craig

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For their April wedding, Lindsey and Craig decided they wanted a day that reflected the things they love – the groom’s tattoos, music, films and books. The cerebration was held at St. Andrew’s in the Square, a beautiful 18th Century restored church right in the heart of Glasgow.

“We met on 13 April 2003 and were married on the same day exactly 10 years later”, began the bride. “It was the eve of Craig’s 19th birthday and our first conversation was about Radiohead. The inspiration for our wedding was us. We stuck to our style and things that are significant in our lives and tried not to do anything that didn’t feel right. We sourced suppliers that we thought could get on board with our ideas and get excited about them as much as we were.”

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“One particular secret inspiration was the groom’s tattoos (which his father does not know he has)”, she continued. “He has a set of swallows on his chest and the left side has my initial integrated into the tattoo. My garter had a silver swallow sewn on, the girls had a swallow as their hair accessory and my sister drew these on the welcome sign as well as integrating them into the cake decoration. Having little details like that really helped make the day our day.”

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Bookworm Wedding: Stacy & Jo

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Bookworms Stacy & Jo selected Maynard’s Café, upstairs at Berkelouw Books in Newtown, Sydney as their venue. Although they hadn’t hosted a wedding there before, the café were wonderful to work with and really helped the girls put their own stamp on their day. Obviously having a book shop as a backdrop made picking a theme pretty easy. With old books on the long table and books as favours for each of their guests, it all worked really well together.

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“The old books as favours were wrapped in brown paper and string,” Stacy began. “They were quite ridiculous, on topics like cooking with gelatine or maintaining different types of lawn grass. There was one of poetry about cats, a German picture book of ET and one on unique napkin folds. In the wedding program we encouraged swapping with table neighbours and they ended up being a great hit and ice breaker.”

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A Queensland Library Wedding: Shaun & Kate

The State Library of Queensland proved to be the perfect wedding venue for bookworms Shaun & Kate.

“We chose the State Library as we both really loved the space and as Shaun and I met over text books it seemed appropriate”, Kate told me. “We incorporated book, paper and typographical elements where we could but tried to not go overboard with the theme. I like a bit a kitsch but there was a strict anti baby’s breath policy!”

“I guess we did things a little differently,” she continued. “Firstly we ‘snuck off’ to the registry the day before the wedding to legally get married (although the sneaking didn’t work very well as we had about 50 witnesses). Saying our vows in front of our friends and family was more important to us than the legal or religious aspects and as we both disagree with the current definition of marriage in Australia, we decided that we didn’t want a celebrant or minister as part of the the ‘ceremony’. My brother performed the duties and we wrote the ceremony and vows ourselves so had lots of freedom in this regard.”

Their largely handmade and DIY wedding was a real group effort, with the couple calling on others for help where they could. “I spent lot of time and effort on the details and until the night I wasn’t sure if they would be noticed. I felt the handmade details and small elements really unified the evening and I received so many compliments and comments that I feel it was definitely worth doing. I really relied on the skills and talents of my friends and family. Most of the elements were DIY. Initially I had trouble asking for help but once I started people were delighted to help and were genuinely happy to be involved. Even local cafes were collecting bottles and jars for us, they were delighted to help too.”

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