Menu designs are arguably one of the more underrated wedding décor details. It seems a trivial aspect in the midst of a beautiful tablescape that is so artfully and painstakingly planned, but it’s really anything but. So much attention goes into what’s on the menu that an equal amount of detail should go into giving guests a sneak preview of what’s in store. Besides, no table setting is really complete without a styled menu to provide a finishing touch to its look.
The ways you can jazz up a traditional paper menu are endless—elegant calligraphy, watercolor hues, gold embossing, and hand-painted illustrations all can add a personal, beautiful touch. You can also play around with shapes to lend it a specific style—geometric triangles or hexagons create a modern vibe, while a round outline isn’t without some whimsy. And don’t feel you have to be confined to paper—acrylics, paper bags, cutting boards, and even the table itself can offer a unique look.
But the table isn’t the only way to display the night’s fare—a large, single sign looks just as great and doubles as an unexpected décor statement. Try a wooden slab for some rustic goodness, a mirror for a regal effect, or a cascading banner topped with florals for a romantic feel. While opting for one menu is the perfect choice for a self-serve dinner—think food bar, food truck, or buffet style—that’s not to say it doesn’t work just as well for a sit-down dinner.
The unique wedding menu card ideas ahead promise to drum up some inspiration.
Choose a Material That Can Pull Double Duty
This cutting board incorporates one of wedding’s hottest trends right now—marble. Featuring gilded calligraphy, it doubles as both a creative menu and plate charger.
Mirror, Mirror Menu
An opulent gilded mirror boasting the night’s fare is rich in vintage romance.
Don't Compete With Your Tablescape
Plum decadence and grand opulence are written all over this majestic tablescape created by Orange Blossom Special Events. A humble disc-shaped menu clever in messaging adds simplicity without distracting from the contrasting layers of plates and rich tablecloth by Luxe Linens beneath it.