We Love Books Wedding Under 10K

handmade wedding

When two teachers fall in love their wedding is sure to be a bookworm’s dream! Book pages were strewn throughout Shelby and Ian’s Sunday brunch wedding from the book themed wedding invites, to the book page paper flowers in her bouquet and the thousands of book page paper pinwheels that decorated their wedding venue the Balcony on Dock.

This wedding has all sorts of surprises waiting for you including a backdrop DIY and a full budget break down! So keep scrolling readers, to see the rest of this book lovers wedding captured by KMI Photography Inc. Don’t forget to visit the full gallery too!

library inspired wedding invite

brown wedding shoes

handmade bridal looks

burlap bow on wedding dress

words from the vendor
The bride, Shelby, wanted to create a laid back, vintage feel for her wedding. She lovingly created details by hand for months in preparation for her wedding day. The bride and groom both want to be teachers, so books seemed a fitting aesthetic for their wedding.

Shelby gathered vintage books at book sales for table decor, fashioned adorable pinwheels out of old book pages and newspaper, and printed all the signage for the wedding on newspapers. Shelby’s adorable invitation suite included library book due date slips for her guests to use to rsvp.

handmade bouquet

handmade bridal ideas

wedding hair accented with babys breath

Shelby’s mother made all the beautiful paper flowers and her grandmother arranged all the flowers for the tables. The bride’s mother also created a romantic bouquet of paper flowers and baby’s breath for the bride to carry. Shelby wore her grandmother’s pearls and necklace, and baby’s breath adorned her hair. She wore a simple silk dress tied with a burlap sash.

Shelby and Ian were married on a beautiful Sunday morning, and Ian’s best friend officiated the ceremony. They chose to forego having a wedding party to make the day more simple and low key.

books and burlap

handmade wedding details

here comes the bride flag

diy project

Pinwheel and streamer backdrop

Streamer and Pinwheel Wedding Backdrop-
Shelby and Ian’s adorable wedding backdrop was a fun way to spice up their ceremony without having to spend oodles for flowers! Here’s how you can recreate it for your very own!

Newspapers, Scissors, Hot Glue Gun, Twine & Ribbon or Fabric

Cut your ribbon into strips 2x the length of your intended backdrop. Measure out a piece of twine to the width of your intended backdrop and add a foot onto each end. Fold your cut ribbon streamers in half so that there is a loop at the top. Using your measured piece of twine as the base of your streamer backdrop, thread the ends of your ribbon streamer through the loop at the top and pull tight around the twine. Continue until your backdrop is to your liking.

Cut newspapers into 12 inch by 2 inch long strips, fold strips into small accordions. Glue “accordioned” strip ends together to form a ring. Gently push ring flat and glue a small circular piece of paper to the back of this little pinwheel to keep its shape. With extra twine hot glue your pinwheels to varying lengths of it and tie to your streamer backdrop as well.

Needing a little help with your pinwheels?! Check out this easy to follow video from Stephanie Bryan as she shows you just how simple these cute little decorations are to make!

streamer and pinwheel backdrop

burlap wedding dress sash

wedding ceremony

rustic handmade wedding

Handmade Wedding

After a cocktail hour with mimosas, shrimp and grits, and mini chicken and pancakes, guests enjoyed a laid-back brunch reception complete with an omelette station. A local bluegrass band serenaded wedding guests during the meal.

 wedding lighting

omelette station

reserved sign

burlap wedding ideas

burlap and babys breath

homemade jam favors

A family friend made the lovely cake and cupcakes for the dessert table, and the bride’s aunt, family friends, and sisters made the hand stamped shortbread cookies and other goodies.

One of the sweetest parts of the day took place when the bride and her father shared a dance while the groom, an amazing musician, serenaded them. Many people contributed in creating Shelby and Ian’s wedding, and that made for a day that was both beautiful and meaningful in so many ways. All the sweet details came together to create a joyful day that was completely reflective of Shelby and Ian.

handmade dessert table

jar of cookies


simple white wedding cake

groom serenading bride during the father daughter dance

when the couple says goodbye take a streamer and wave it high

Photography: KMI Photography Inc
Venue & Caterer: Balcony on Dock
Dress shop: The Wedding Dress Shoppe
Photobooth: All Star Booth
Band: End of the Line Band

Read on to hear what Shelby wished they had done differently and see how much this book lovers wedding cost. Please note that costs change as the years go by, and prices are subject to change. This is just one couple’s breakdown to give you a rough estimate on how much a wedding like this may cost you.

From the Bride:
We had spent so much time making every last detail perfect except for one thing, Our band was amazing and the music couldn't have been any better, up until they took their breaks. I had kept putting off making a play list for  inbetween their sets.

When the wedding finally rolled around I had just picked a couple songs to play on repeat. I felt like it caused guest to stop dancing and in some moments it changed the mood of the reception. If I could go back I would have carefully created a long playlist with music that matched our theme.

Our budget was tight and we tried keeping everything simple:
The venue, tables, chairs and food ended up costing right around $5000.
We had a morning wedding so we capped our alcohol at $700.
All of our decor cost under $500 and that included; books, flowers, mason jars, burlap, invitations, ribbon).
Our live band ended up costing (with tip) $1800.
Family friends made all of our desserts.
My new mother-in-law gifted us all of our wedding favors (homemade jam).
My parents gifted us our wonderful photographers and my wedding dress. (my dress was a total of $1600).
I believe total our wedding ended up costing $10,000-$11,000.

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  1. -100. @weddingchicks says:

    Ready to be stunned by this perfectly done wedding day? And…all done for 10K! http://t.co/dW3ubM59hA @BalconyonDock @kmiphoto

  2. -100. @BalconyonDock says:

    http://t.co/t5jmJB88VO This crafty couple got their special day… http://t.co/yGzXXz5suz

  3. -100. KMI Photography says:

    Thank you so much for featuring this beautiful wedding! It was truly a joy to take part in Shelby and Ian’s wedding, and we just loved all the sweet details that helped personalized their day!

  4. -100. Courtney says:

    Wow, they must have gotten a great deal on their photographer.

  5. -100. Courtney says:

    Cheap Photographer

  6. -100. @LinenTableclth says:

    We love the look of this book-theme wedding featured on @WeddingChicks http://t.co/zznzcX5F5H

  7. -100. @weddingchicks says:

    Classy and rustically chic! Done on such a stellar budget. Don’t miss out! —> http://t.co/dW3ubM59hA

  8. -100. heyBernadette says:

    As someone who worked at the library for years I really love this theme! The invitations are adorable! Such a charming wedding, and a beautiful couple.

  9. -100. Sarah says:

    Magical and Beautiful!

    But I think this should really be considered a $15,000. The dress, the photographer and the jam that was gifted to them, is easily another $5000. While it’s amazing they had family generous enough to contribute such high priced items, it’s not really realistic to expect that the average bride looking that this article will have the same luck.

    I just thought we should keep that in mind!

  10. This photos are so beautiful, really nice work.

  11. -100. @weddingchicks says:

    So many ideas we hadn’t seen before from this handmade Sunday brunch for under 10K day! http://t.co/dW3ubM59hA

  12. -100. @AmyPerfectionP says:

    RT @weddingchicks: So many ideas we hadn’t seen before from this handmade Sunday brunch for under 10K day! http://t.co/dW3ubM59hA

  13. -100. @loverly says:

    RT @weddingchicks: So many ideas we hadn’t seen before from this handmade Sunday brunch for under 10K day! http://t.co/dW3ubM59hA

  14. -100. @blissbysam says:

    We Love Books #Wedding Under 10K http://t.co/8riUkqPb0L via @WeddingChicks

  15. -100. @DIYIt says:

    I can’t tell you how much I love all the little charming handmade details of this wedding. Simple and beautiful. http://t.co/GntAu5fkcI

  16. -100. @PauloEscalada says:

    I do not believe in expensive weddings, I believe in well executed ones. No matter the budget, a well thought… http://t.co/uuSBAVhrpd

  17. -100. @RedScopeMedia says:

    Wedding on a budget? Here is one under 10K! http://t.co/4abxTOclWP

  18. -100. @Rainbow_CA says:

    Бюджет на свадьбу небольшой? Достаем руки оттуда, откуда они выросли и работаем :) http://t.co/CnZICM1L8Q

  19. -100. Laura says:

    Beautiful wedding, all of the details work flawlessly!

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  22. -100. Hayley says:

    Hi, loved the burlap flowers in the centrepieces. How did you make them?

  23. -100. hayley says:

    Could you please email me with instructions of how to make the burlap flowers, I love how dainty they are.


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