Wedding Menu Card Ideas

I love the idea of providing menus for guests at a wedding.  Your guests will appreciate knowing what they’re eating, and it’s a great way of continuing the design elements from your invitations or your wedding theme/style.  And even if you don’t have the time or budget for a menu at every place setting, you could easily display one or two per table or next to the food for a buffet-style reception.  So I thought I’d round up a few of my favorite menu ideas for those of you in need of a bit of menu inspiration:

Menu - MSWeddings
Of course, you can’t go wrong with these templates from Martha…

Also from Martha, a tutorial on a clever way to combine place cards and menu stands

These fortune-teller menus were used by Mrs. Peacock for her wedding


Luckily, Vintage Glam blog created a template for these menus, which you can find and download here


I love this idea of framing your menus on top of patterned fabric or paper, found via Style Me Pretty


Viola from Chewing the Cud incorporated a fake quiz into her menus for fun twist

For a garden wedding, consider displaying your menus in wire stands next to your centerpiece arrangements. Menus can either be displayed on each guest table for a sit-down dinner, as done by Tara from In this instance (above)…


…or can be displayed next to the food for buffet or food-station style receptions, like I did for my wedding (photo by Punam Bean)

More wire inspiration from this wedding via MS Weddings

A vintage-inspired menu from serendipity

These two menus above – a vintage-inspired hand-written menu from RubyPR and a calligraphed menu from Brides – both found via Snippet & Ink are a great way to bring beautiful handwriting into the reception (just make sure your guests can read the handwriting!). If you don’t have the budget for calligraphy, just ask a friend (or a few) with good or unique handwriting to help out

The menu above (via Tec Petaja) would be easy to recreate using a Gocco or rubber stamps from Paper Source – the text could be printed on your home printer on Paper Source card stock.
{images via their respective sources}

Weekly Link Round-Up

{My favorite image of the week, by Lillian and Leonard via her alter ego – the always amazing Peonies and Polaroids}

Now onto the round-up.  As promised, here's what was floating around this week:

That's it for this week – I hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend!

Paper Artwork – Sarah Gardner

I thought I'd close out the week with a few of my favorite prints and stationery from Sarah Gardner.  Sarah's prints have been featured on quite a few blogs already, but they're just so sweet that I couldn't resist:

{All images via Sarah's etsy store}

Things have been a bit hectic this week, so I'll be posting my weekly link round-up tomorrow for those of you looking for a bit of weekend reading.  Also, I just wanted to send warm wedding day wishes to Steph and Matt for their wedding re-commitment ceremony tomorrow! I know they're going to have an absolutely wonderful day and I can't wait to see how everything turns out!

Inspiration — Nate Williams

I was browsing through some of Kathryn’s old boards on Snippet & Ink recently, and came across the absolutely amazing work of Nate Williams in this board based on a marigold and gray color palette (Nate’s work is the lettering in the third image on the bottom row):


Nate is an illustrator and designer based in Buenos Aires, Argentina — and as you can see, he’s just loaded with talent:





Nate really only does commercial work, but his graphic style and illustrations would make great inspiration for wedding invitations – or even a wedding invitation poster (such a great idea!):


For more of Nate’s work, check out his portfolio and blog – lots of good stuff there!

{Inspiration board via Snippet & Ink, all other images from Nate Williams}