DIY Book Centerpieces with a Vintage Theme

Book centerpieces for a wedding

Book lovers take heart! Your treasured literary collection can now take center stage at wedding as the most charming centerpieces. A fabulous way to personalize this most special occasion. Plus, it allows you to save on the cost of flowers. Even better, no flower arranging or crafting skills are required. If you can put together a stack of books, you can create these super-easy accent pieces in a snap! The keys are selecting the books to suit your theme, then embellishing them with vintage touches and some candlelight.

Light Up Your Tables with Literary Gems

Book centerpiece with pearls and flowers

The how-to for this centerpiece idea couldn’t be simpler! The only materials you will need are:

  1. vintage or classic books from your own collection, or gathered from antique stores or flea markets
  2. decorative accents like strands of pearls, ribbons, old lockets, brooches, or pendants
  3. vintage bookmarks, black and white photos or postcards matching the period of the books you’ve selected
  4. candles in votive holders or in antique silver or crystal candelabra
  5. a few pieces of fresh, fabric, or paper flowers
  6. embroidered handkerchiefs or crocheted doilies

How to Make the Arrangements

Finshed book centerpieces with candles and red flowers

Arranging the books – Here, we put together a stack of romantic books, including Shakespeare’s sonnets and the well-loved novels of Jane Austen. You could easily do the same with books on any favorite theme, author or period that you share as a couple.

Adding embellishments – Then, we simply draped pearls over and around the books, and placed a tiny candle and a bunch of paper blooms alongside. Depending on what accents you choose, you could also insert them casually between the books’ pages, or use them to tie a few books together or prop some upright in an interesting arrangement.

Personalizing the centerpieces – You can incorporate a monogram of the bride or groom, add personal photos, or even select your favorite books.

Think double-duty – Consider adding table numbers to the centerpieces. Print out cards using calligraphy or a vintage-like font.

How easy and charming is that?! You could make one book centerpiece for each table in time!

For More Vintage Wedding Inspiration

A Modern Vintage Wedding Shower

Victorian-inspired Favors for a Vintage Bridal Shower

How to Decorate a Vintage Travel Theme


  1. Just gorgeous!

    Thank you so much for sharing this at The Purple Pumpkin Blog! Hope to see you again at the next party

    Have a wonderful week
    Michelle xx

  2. I love decorating with books. Your display looks lovely. Thanks for sharing at Silver Pennies Sundays! x

  3. Loved seeing this as I am an avid reader. Beautiful! I was your neighbor at Ladies Only 🙂
    Enjoy the long weekend!

  4. I love the special touches of the pearl necklace! Just beautiful! Thank you for linking up to Party Time and we hope to see you again next week!

  5. Thanks so much for stopping by, Jacqui! We thought this centerpiece would be perfect for a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner party, too. See you on Party Time!

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