Another idea that was important to me was incorporating little nerdy things into the whole event that wouldn't be noticeable except to the people who would understand it. My husband and I met in the Harry Potter fandom, so there had to be little hints of those books in our wedding. It worked out perfectly that I ended up being able to make decorations that fit in with our pretty, secretly nerdy theme.
I bought these antique-looking skeleton key bottle openers from Little Things Favors but I wanted a way to double them as escort/place cards to tell people where to sit. After a while of hunting down a wing-shaped paper punch, I got some parchment-like cardstock and made one wing per favor. I got some help from my husband, who has better handwriting than I do, and he wrote each person's name on the front and table number on the back of the wings. I tied the paper wings to the keys with blue ribbon after putting a little bit of fray check on the ends to keep them looking nice. This project was really simple but it took a really long time just because we had almost 200 guests at our wedding and I had to make one for each person. However, it was totally worth it because everyone loved them and they gave a subtle nod to the first Harry Potter book.
Another way that I incorporated the book pages into the decorations was with the table numbers. I had to go to every Michael's store within an hour radius of my house to get enough wooden numbers for the 17 tables we had, unfortunately. They were not quick to restock like they said they would be, which was definitely frustrating, but the actual crafting process for this was a blast. I traced the front of each number on a book page and used Mod Podge to glue it down. The awesome thing about Mod Podge is that it doubles as a glue underneath and a sealer on top, which dries clear. These numbers looked awesome and a few of the Harry Potter fans in attendance told me that they swiped theirs at the end of the night because they got the reference and wanted a souvenir. Awesome!
Regardless of the amount of work it took to add these little touches, the crafty bits at my wedding definitely made it ours. I'm super glad that I ended up being able to make it happen, even near the very end of the planning stages.