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"We liked the idea of a two-in-one menu/place card," says bride Meredith. "The pop-up banner helped guests easily locate their seats." Menu details were screen-printed onto squares of fabric; guests' names were digitally printed, cut, and folded to create the black pop-up banner.
Custom design, Oscar & Emma
To complement the rustic venue—a lush lavender farm—each table featured a menu card tied around the handle of a wooden butcher board with twine.
Custom design, Blue Pool Road
For a family-style dinner reception, one couple commissioned an oversize wooden sign stained in rich walnut to hang from the tent rafters. Hand-painted with the evening's menu offerings and charming Southern-inspired imagery, "it served as a focal point of the reception—like a work of art," says bride Sara.
Custom design, Chocolate Butterbean
Keepsake chopsticks—housed in sleeves printed with your menu text—double as favors.
Custom design, Double Happiness Creations
This menu was designed to complement the place setting—the round card fitperfectly into the base of the salad bowl.
Custom design, MaeMae Paperie*
White paper doilies purchased in bulk were stained with tea for a vintage look; after drying, each doily was stamped with the menu text using a custom rubber stamp and then pressed flat with an iron.
Custom stamp, Love Jenna Calligraphy
"I love the 'perfectly imperfect' look of chalkboard signs—there are many versions out there, but I wanted ours to look unique," says bride Phyllis, who created a chalkboard menu for the reception's dessert buffet. She had plywood cut down to size at a local hardware store and covered it with chalkboard paint. Phyllis did the hand lettering to match the typefaces used throughout her wedding stationery suite.
A traditional English "belly board" painted with the menu details was a clever tie-in to one couple's wedding held near the ocean in Carmel Valley, CA.
Custom design, Evan Hecox
Bride Leslie spotted a roll of recycled kraft paper at her local hardware store and was inspired to use it in all of the wedding's stationery. To create the menu, she cut the roll of paper into smaller sheets and printed the dinner fare on an inkjet printer; the menus were displayed one per table using basic office supply store clipboards.
Wood Veneer Paper
After designing a menu layout, bride Anna trimmed wood veneer paper down to size and ran it through her inkjet printer. Punching holes in the corners of two sheets and tying them together with raffia created a freestanding display.
Wood veneer paper, $12 for an 18" x 24" sheet, Kate's Paperie