Looking through wedding websites, I saw this whimsical set of vintage book placecards on Intimate Weddings. The designer bought children’s books at a thrift shop and cut interesting pictures from them to use on the placecards.
We find that a lot of brides and grooms and other customers don’t want to do conventional placecards and table numbers – they want to do something different that relates to them and has more personality. I love the idea of using characters from favorite books or the covers of favorite childhood books on the placecards. You could pick a character or a title for each guest table, like Elinor from Sense and Sensibility, and Jules Verne’s Voyages Extraordinaires.

Scan the picture, reduce to an appropriate size, and make enough copies for the number of placecards that will use that image. For the table number, you can use a blown-up version of the character or book cover, or you could place the actual book on the table.
Wouldn’t this be an especially good idea if your celebration is at The George Peabody Library?
Another twist on the idea is to buy favorite children’s books for each guest table, use the book jackets to scan and create your placecards and table numbers and then, after the event, donate the books to an organization that can use them for children.
If you decide to do a DIY project like this, start early. You could find the books and set up the printing months in advance. Do the table number cards and the images for the placecards early, and then a week or so before the wedding you only have to add the names to the placecards. Or, bring it all in to us and we’ll do the work.
If a book theme doesn’t suit your event, you could adapt this idea and use old movie posters, vintage travel posters, or create a music theme with favorite album covers.

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