Reception Décor: Menu Cards

Sunday, July 22nd, 2012 | Filed under: Party Planning, reception planning, wedding ideas, wedding planning, wedding receptions | author: By Keith Sly,    
Reception Décor

Reception Décor

Among the most popular wedding décor ideas is the menu card, which is printed up elegantly on thick card stock, designed in the wedding colors with beautiful fonts, and displayed near the wedding centerpiece. When guests arrive at their tables, they find this printed wedding menu card awaiting them, announcing and describing the courses on the way as part of the wedding meal.

 Many wedding coordinators say that couples order their menu cards at the same time as their wedding invitations are ordered, to create a unified print design that matches the menu card to all of the print items in the wedding couple’s collection. Other wedding coordinators say that couples like to print up their own menu cards as part of a wedding DIY project (DIY means ‘do-it-yourself.’)

However you decide to create your own menu cards, we have the top rules for what goes on a menu card:

 ·        Top the card’s design with your names or wedding logo to make this card a keepsake, and personalize your wedding décor.

  • Create a tall menu card that allows you plenty of room to list all of your courses and menu item descriptions. Larger fonts stand out, and are easier for guests to read.
  • Work with your banquet manager and wedding chef to get the full details and descriptions of what is in each course, or which options guests have. When your wedding reception venue’s catering team writes out this information for you, you get complete details, as well as the correct spellings of menu items. (It’s a wedding faux pas to misspell a menu item on your card.)
  • Add a line informing guests that they may request specialty dishes, such as a gluten-free wedding menu item.
  • Add a special section for kids’ menu items, if children are invited to your wedding. A top wedding reception idea is to create special children’s menu cards just for the kids’ table.
  • Ask if your wedding reception site provides their own menu cards before you invest in ordering or making your own.
  • Save money by creating just one or two menu cards per table of eight or ten. For longer tables of sixteen to twenty, provide one menu card for every four guests, placed among the table centerpieces and tabletop décor.
  • Budget wedding tips also suggest printing up individual menu cards on thinner stock paper, and putting one on each guest’s place setting, perhaps wrapped into a napkin fold, with a flower tucked in for a special wedding décor touch.
 Photo credit: ©2012 Berit Bizjak, Images by Berit, Inc.

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