Wooden Menu Signs That'll Have Your Guests Dying for Dinner

You've spent tons of time designing the dinner menu, so why not show it off?

Updated 04/28/17

Photo by Meredith Perdue

Creative wedding signs are one of our favorite ways to add a personal touch to your big day. Whether it's welcoming guests to your celebration, giving them directions, cluing them in on your wedding hashtag, or guiding them to their seats at the reception, a fun and unique sign is great way to inject some style and personality into your overall décor.

One of our favorites ideas? Displaying a clever and creative menu sign at the reception. After all, you've spent a lot of time and effort designing the dinner menu together, so why not show it off? Instead of going the traditional paper-menu route, think out of the box and opt for something a little more fresh and unexpected. Recently, we've been seeing a myriad of creative takes on this idea, including many designs fabricated from wood. They're perfect for a more casual and rustic reception, but are also versatile enough to complement a more upscale and elegant aesthetic.

Need some inspiration? Check out these amazing wooden menu signs to help you channel your own creativity.

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Freestanding A-Frame Menu

Free-Standing A-Frame Menu

SmmS Photography

Up for a DIY project? Fashion a similar A-frame wedding sign using two sheets of plywood and a couple of hinges. Then, use your best penmanship or hire a calligrapher to hand-letter the dinner menu with paint or a permanent marker (be sure to do a test first to make sure the ink does not bleed).

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Wood Slice

Wedding Menu on Wood Slice

Paula O'Hara

For a more rustic take on the idea, have your dinner details screen-printed onto a slice of wood; display one per table using tabletop easels or stands.

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Wooden Serving Board

Wooden Serving Board Menu

The McCartneys

Farm-to-table receptions are very popular these days—who wouldn't enjoy a meal highlighting locally grown, in-season ingredients? Complement the farm-to-table vibe with a creative menu design, like this example featuring the various dinner offerings printed on a wooden serving board.

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Wooden Charcuterie Board

Wooden Charcuterie Board Menu

Jose Villa

Planning to serve charcuterie or antipasti as an appetizer? The serving board can also double as the menu—this bride wrote out the dinner menu by hand and then had the text laser-engraved onto raw, wooden boards. She also affixed knife- and fork-shaped drawer pulls to both sides to serve as handles.

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Tabletop A-Frame Menu

Tabletop A-Frame Menu

Meredith Perdue

Instead of ordering paper menus for every guest, display one sandwich board-style menu per table, placed next to the floral centerpiece. Just be sure the menu signs are double-sided so everyone is able to easily read the menu descriptions.

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Wooden Pallet

Wooden Pallet Menu

onelove photography

Repurpose a weathered wooden pallet and turn it into a creative, freestanding menu sign. Paint the horizontal slats with chalkboard paint and then write out the menu descriptions on each slat using a stick of chalk or a chalk-ink marker.

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