This week we are heading to So. Cal for my good friend Cheryl’s beach wedding in Del Mar. One of the last items in her check list to wrap up before the big day was the menu cards. She mentioned it had been hard to find a template online – so here we go – an entry on menu cards for brides and hostesses.
There are so many ways to share the delicious menu you selected for your guests and it’s always fun to weave in your theme. You can create round menu cards, star shaped, layered sheets or really any clever method, but the easiest for printing is a standard rectangle printed either 4.25x11 or 5.5x8.5. You’ll want to include the name or logo of the couple and a heading for each course. You can also include wine pairings, but this is not expected. The amount of description you provide on each food is really a personal choice.
Popular fonts for menu cards include: Lucida Calligraphy, Verdana, BlairMd, Edwardian Script, Papyrus and Mistral. But again, it's your day, your preference. Typically menu cards are printed on a heavy (70 to 100#) ecru color paper but we often see menu cards in the color of the event theme as well.
For inspiration, we found two sites that provided excellent layout and font examples and also have a great track record for brides wanting professionally printed menu cards: Fine Stationery.com and Wedding Invitation Studio(the photo to the right is from their site). Professionally printed menu cards will run between $4 and $.75 depending on your quantities. Also check out the wedding section on this site for more templates and chic wedding resources.
Cheryl selected a wonderful starfish theme to be woven into all of her collateral, including the menu card, which is now posted on the “event templates” section for those of you looking to print your own cards. If you're looking for something else, let me know by posting a comment or hitting "submit a question" from the left nav. Have fun sharing your foodie side.