Although the favors and the speeches are ways to thank your guests for coming, you can do more. Many couples have found ways to appreciate their guests in a more personal way, and maybe so can you.
A picture is worth:
An interesting way to decorate the guest tables is to place a piece of clear plastic on top of the table cloth, but before doing that, you're going to spend a little time with your photo album. You can find photos of particular guests and place them on the table. Not only does this show some of their memories, but it also shows that you were thinking of them personally as you decorated the table. The plastic will protect the pictures from being harmed. Of course, you can also make digital copies of the pictures and use those as decorations too. If the guest want to bring them home, then you can help them do so.
Another way that couples are decorating their reception with love and memories is to play a video or a slide show of themselves with their relatives and loved ones. When set to music, this can be a stirring reminder of those that have been lost and those that may have been forgotten. You can show this on a wall that everyone can see as they're waiting for dinner, or even as dinner is served. And it doesn't have to be perfect or even have an explanation as to who is who. It can just show the pictures of the new couple as they grew up, as they first met, and when they were engaged. Personalize your wedding and your guests will fall under the spell.
Take it with you:
Another fun way to decorate with your guests in mind is to let people take home the decorations when they leave. This can be the candles, the flowers, wine glasses, anything that you want to give as a gift. Leave a gift bag on the back of their chair along with instructions as to what to do. This is fun for everyone and if they don't want to bring anything home, they don't have to. It also saves a little cleaning up!
The wedding day is your day, but the reception is really for the people that have come to celebrate you, so why not celebrate them a little too?