If you’re a bookish type, what better way to celebrate the written word than with a book-themed wedding or bridal shower! And what better wedding favor than a good, ol’ fashioned book!

If  you are giving books as favors (second-hand books are much more affordable!), why not personalize each book with a book plate?

A bookplate is a stamp or label posted inside or on the front of a book to signify its owner.

Download and print these free templates onto labels or sticker sheets to place inside your books:

These elegant antique-inspired designs would suit any classic book or collection. Design Sponge has a set of gothic bookplates (download here) while The Graphics Fairy has antique style designs inspired by the 1900s (download here).


Print out this PDF from Dahlia Press for a set of three bookplates that would make a great gift set.

Baca Creative has four elegant designs to choose from.

Domestica has an ode to classic library labels with these labels. You could also stick them inside the books you give as gifts with the recipients name.

Try a cute and quirky design with animal-inspired labels or even bright, neon colours from Lavender’s Blue Designs. Download the PDF.

Check out these pretty woodcut labels from Just Something I Made.

I Heart Organizing has a chevron design bookplate perfect for children’s books.

Or have your books custom bound or labelled, like with these reclaimed wood covers from Boarding School Bindery:

You can also make your own bookplate design by downloading a label template and cutting decorative craft paper around the template.