Ripped From the Page: Literary Inspired Weddings

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For many of us, books give our lives a little whimsy, romance and mystery. For a few, favorite novels are the perfect inspiration for a wedding theme. Here are some of our favorite interpretations of classic and contemporary literature, matrimony style.

Water For Elephants

For the admirers of the strange  and the glamorous, a "Water For Elephants" themed wedding transports guests to a 1920s traveling circus, where the bride and groom are the main acts. For couple Stacey and Josh, they always knew they wanted their big day to be under the big top. From fire breathers to carnival games and model circus cannons, their wedding day was full of early twentieth century inspired circus charm. Although renting a to-scale sized circus tent is not feasible for most of us, you can create your own "Water For Elephants" styled wedding in any space. 

Stacey and Josh exchange vows.

Instead of renting a circus tent, consider using two toned draping treatments for indoor and outdoor spaces. For a more classic, circus feeling, choose bright red and white fabrics. For a more elegant, luxurious style, opt for creamy ivory and dark beige colors with accents of bronze. Another way to create visual interest is to hang umbrellas upside down at varying heights. Whether using a monochromatic scheme or varying textures and patterns, umbrellas transform any space into an atmosphere full of whimsy and storybook charm. Pennants are also a wonderful addition to any wedding aesthetic, especially for circus and carnival themes.

Hanging umbrellas upside down gives any space visual interest and a sense of boldness.


Use draping to create intimacy within large or outdoor spaces.


Photo by The Twins, courtesy of Love My Dress

Although the lion tamer and the fire swallower may not be the ideal wedding guests, including vintage iconic images of circus performers is a great way to bring visual interest to table settings. Miniature paper circus tents are perfect for holding wedding favors or just to add some fun to a table. Forgo the usual floral arrangements and get creative using paper flowers and pinwheel bouquets. Hanging antique circus posters is another cost effective way to bring in the circus theme. You cannot have a circus themed wedding without extending the theme to the cake and the desserts. This is a great place to get crafty without exhausting your budget. Create a candy station with bowls of lollipops, cotton candy and other carnival favorites. Renting a push popcorn cart allows guests to help themselves to a light snack throughout the night. A make-your-own caramel apple station is a crowd pleaser for children and adults alike.

Cake by Jessie Dauria


To read more about Stacey and Josh's wedding, check out Green Wedding Shoe's article on them here.


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