Shakespeare’s most memorable quotes from his romantic sonnets and plays make meaningful expressions of love and devotion for a spring wedding. We have found such sweet and touching ways to incorporate them in your decorations from the ceremony to the reception. Some ideas are very DIYable, as you will see. While others are available from wedding vendors online. Get ready to channel your inner Bard from the inspiration we’ve gathered below!
Shakespeare Themed DIY Wedding Elements
The 5 examples presented here are perfect for a DIY bride having a spring garden or romantic vintage wedding—all with the timeless quotes of Shakespeare.
1 – Vintage Shakespeare books tied together as centerpieces – This particular item from Quotes and Notes on etsy is no longer available. But it certainly gives you a decor cue for creating the most charming wedding centerpieces—vintage books bundled together with lace ribbon.
2 – Table names taken from Shakespeare classics – Choose your favorite romantic verses, and name the tables with cards bearing the titles of the works they came from. A totally doable idea from a real wedding, photographed by Vanessa Adams Photography via Hitched Co., UK.
3 – Swoon-worthy signage – We found this heart-melting quote at a real wedding featured on The Knot (image by Teale Photography). While often attributed to William Shakespeare, experts reveal that these are not his words. But you get the idea right? Choose lines you love and frame them as part of your wedding decor!
4 – Book page garlands – Use pages from vintage Shakespearean volumes that are falling apart (you can find them on etsy, at yard sales or charity book stores). Cut them into strips and form them into heart-shaped ornaments to hang overhead. Charming DIY idea spotted via My Italian Wedding.
5 – Antique-look cards – Print out quotes on “aged” paper using an Old World font. Then tuck these among the guest tables, by the guest book or wedding cake, or on the favor display. You may focus on one Shakespearean work, as in this gorgeous Romeo and Juliet styled shoot by Revel & Bloom and Joshua & Co. Photography, found on Idea Chic.
Shakespeare Inspired Wedding Elements You Can Buy
These next 5 finds are lovely items we discovered at wedding vendors and shops online. Take ideas from here, then do your own search.
6 – Tea towel invitations that are like a Medieval decree – Did your heart flutter over the film Shakespeare in Love? Then, you’ll find this unique item designed by Lena Andrews so clever. Check them out via Invitation Tea Towels.
7 – Shakespeare wedding invitation suite – Behance captures the look of Shakespeare’s own quill penmanship on parchment in this complete collection, including the save the date, invitation, rehearsal dinner invitation, and wedding program.
8 – Book page folding art – If you want to go beyond just incorporating selected quotes in your decor, visit this post photographed by Studio EMP found via Found Vintage Rentals. You’ll be blown away by the overflow of artsy accent pieces made from vintage volumes you can source from yard or estate sales, charity book stores or etsy!
9 – Mini pocket book of Shakespeare’s sonnets – What a lovely wedding keepsake this would make! Order enough copies for your lady guests, maid of honor and bridesmaids. Amazon (*affiliate link) makes the ordering easy and worry free!
10 – Parchment-look cocktail napkins – Line your bridal toast table with these themed napkins from Zazzle (*affiliate link), featuring Shakespeare’s Sonnet 5. So romantic!
As we’ve shown, a Shakespeare theme for your spring wedding can be quite simple to pull off. Especially when you declare your love with his timeless words!
Examples of Shakespeare quotes to use:
- It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves – from Julius Caesar
- Did my heart love till now? Forswear it, sigh. For I ne’er saw true beauty till this night – from Romeo and Juliet
- For she had eyes and chose me – from Othello
- I would not wish any companion in the world but you – from The Tempest
- Love’s reason’s without reason – from Cymbeline
- Parting is such bittersweet sorrow that I should say goodnight until it be morrow – from Romeo and Juliet
- When I saw you I fell in love, and you smiled because you knew – from Romeo and Juliet
- I do love nothing in the world so much as you… – from Much Ado About Nothing
- If music be the food of love, play on – from Twelfth Night
- The course of true love never did run smoothly – from A Midsummer Night’s Dream
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