9 Wedding Menus That Double As Reception Decor

Have your menu and eat it too

Updated 02/19/18

Photo Pink Photography

You've put a lot of time and thought into your wedding menu, so it’s important that your meal gets the attention it deserves. That’s why providing menus for your guests is always a good idea—reading the delicious dinner descriptions will whet everyone’s appetites and get them excited for the meal to commence. (Not to mention the fact that providing menus is also helpful for guests who may want to double-check ingredients in case they have allergies or dietary restrictions.)

While a simple printed menu card is always a great option, more couples are opting for creative ways to clue guests in on the wedding meal. One of our favorite ideas? Menu designs that work double-duty as reception table decor. Whether it’s a bottle of red wine with the menu courses printed on the label or a linen napkin screen-printed with the dinner offerings, these clever menu ideas work a second shift as decorative elements on the table (an especially smart idea if you’re serving a family-style meal with several large platters and don’t have a lot of extra room on the table).

We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite double-duty menu designs for those of you in need of some inspiration.

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Baguette Sleeve

Eric Boneske Photography

This clever design doubles as a menu and as a sleeve for your dinner roll or baguette.

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Wine-Bottle Menu

Hitch and Sparrow

Up for a DIY project? Print your reception menu on adhesive label paper and affix the stickers to bottles of wine you’ll be serving with dinner.

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French Fries

Photo Pink Photography

During cocktail hour, serve piping-hot French fries in paper bags printed with the rest of the dinner-menu offerings.

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Tropical-Leaf Cocktail Menu

Brandon Kidd Photography

Hosting a tropical wedding? Hand-letter the evening’s beverage options in gold on a beautiful tropical leaf—place it in a vase to also double as cocktail-bar decor.

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Favor Bags

Janae Shields Photography

Print the dinner-menu details onto kraft-paper bags; fill them with sweet treats that guests can enjoy as a take-home favor.

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Water Pitcher

Branco Prata Studios

Using your best penmanship, handwrite the reception menu on a straight-sided vase like this one; once guests sit down for dinner, have your servers fill the container with ice water so guests can refill their own glasses.

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Utensils Wrap

Nancy Neil

Neatly corral your cutlery and napkin with a custom utensil wrap printed with the dinner menu.

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Linen Napkins

Tec Petaja

Such a luxe addition to the reception table. These linen napkins are screen-printed with the dinner-course details.

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Chopsticks Sleeve

Double Happiness Creations

Keepsake chopsticks—house in sleeves printed with your dinner menu—double as take-home wedding favors.

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