5 Awesome IRL Bookish Marriage Proposals

I’m a sucker for the bookish wedding. When I got married, we gave out books as wedding favors, asked guests to donate books to a local middle school in lieu of wedding gifts, and spent the first night of our honeymoon at The Library Hotel in New York City. If I could do it over again, I’d push the book theme even further: bookish centerpieces and a book arch!

Bookish Floral CenterpieceBookish Wedding Arch

With my romantic sensibilities + love of books, it’s no wonder I’m fascinated by bookish wedding proposals. I wandered down the internet rabbit hole reading stories of couples who got engaged in bookstores and libraries and had to share these five awesome bookish marriage proposals. (Disclaimer: I may have cried while watching the Powell’s Book video.)

Proposal at The Strand Bookstore
New York, NY

This is a super sweet story of a couple who met at Notre Dame and continued their relationship when they moved to New York. After a day of fun outings, including a trip to Governor’s Island and a visit to their favorite bar, they ended up at the Strand Bookstore.

The couple headed up to the Rare Book Room where a friend had dropped off a copy of Grimm’s Complete Fairy Tales. A red ribbon opened up to a place where the engagement ring was nestled into a cut-out.

Check out the complete story and more photos here.

Strand Bookstore Ring in a Book


Proposal at Powell’s Books
Portland, Oregon

Ryan Craig wanted to propose to his boyfriend Clayton in their favorite place – Powell’s Books. When Clayton arrived he found his friends spread out throughout the bookstore, leading him to Ryan who had the ring. The video is so absolutely endearing – check it out here.

Powell Bookstore Wedding Proposal


Proposal at Chicago Public Library
Chicago, Illinois

Jason knew he wanted to propose to Molly in a bookish location, so he wrote a story about how they met, had it illustrated and bound, and stashed in in the stacks of the Chicago Public Library. When Molly found the book, her boyfriend was on bended knee with a ring. See the whole story here.

A Hare-y Tale Book Engagement Chicago Library

Wedding Proposal at Barnes and Noble
Portland, Oregon

Sara expected another typical visit to Barnes and Noble‘s YA section when her boyfriend called out to her and asked her what she thought about that book sitting on top of the bookshelves. The book cover said, “Will You Marry This Lucky Guy, Sara” on it, and inside was a ring. For more photos and the complete story, check it out here.

Barnes and Noble Marriage Proposal


Proposal at The Strand Bookstore
New York, NY

Social media loves a romance! The Strand helped with this proposal then posted about it on their Facebook page (getting 1.6 thousand likes). The couple had their first date in the Philosophy section, which ended up being the perfect place for a marriage proposal.

Strand Engagement Philosophy Section

Do you have a bookish engagement story? Please share!

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