It's easy to get caught up in all the little details that make your day uniquely you. It's also easy to get completely overwhelmed by said details. Before you start handwriting notes to leave in every hotel room for every out-of-town guest (yes, I did this—yes, it was exhausting—no, I wouldn't recommend it), consider the details that will really pack a visual punch and leave a lasting impression on your guests.
1. Include personal touches at the table.
Whether you decide to do a short note on each place card or a picture as your table number, guests will remember it if you personalize it. My husband and I met on an airplane so we used luggage tags to denote where each guest would sit, and people talked about that for months following the day. No one noticed the etched glass table numbers (even though I agonized over what to do for table numbers fo rmonths) because it wasn't personal.
2. Be strategic with your florals.
There's no need to have stunning florals on every table. It's expensive and can be over-the-top. Survey your venue and think about where all the action will be; use those key points to guage where you go big with florals or ceiling installations. Flanking your dance floor with large vases of greenery or hanging florals above the head table will ensure that you have some visual interest in all your photos of that area.
3. Make memorable welcome bags.
If you do opt to include a Welcome Bag in your hotel room for out-of-town guests, make it personal withouth making things hard on yourself. One wedding we attended in Los Angeles included a little guide to what was in the bag: pretzels (his favorite), chocolate bar (her favorite), champagne (because it's time to party). That kind of thing. None of the items were perishable, so they could be purchased (and packed) well in advance, and the guide can simply be printed up at home so the cost is low. Six years later, I still know that he loves pretzels and she loves chocolate.
4. Keep it consistent.
Whether you decide to inundate your day with details or just scatter a few little paper accouterments throughout the reception, the more "in theme" you can be, the more noticeable they will be. Maintaining a cohesive color palette helps guide your guest to picking up on the special touches. You always want to be true to you and your style. Just because you find a cute idea on Pinterest doesn't mean you need to copy it precisely. Make sure it works with your day and your vision.
5. And remember, if you're starting to get overwhelmed, just scale it back.
Your guests will have fun if you have fun. They won't remember whether or not the menu was printed on 4-ply cardstock, but they will remember if they had a great time with you. Try to keep that in mind as you embark on this journey. Have fun!