Once you’ve taken care of the big-ticket items like the venue, hiring a caterer, and choosing the fantastic food you plan to serve at your wedding reception, it’s time to work on your wedding menu cards. Wedding menu cards are a fun way to decorate your place settings. They help explain your menu’s details for the evening, so guests know what to expect. If you’re just starting to plan your wedding, you might wonder if you need wedding cards and what to include on them. We’ve put together a simple guide to make wedding menu cards a little less confusing.
With our free online wedding menu maker, you can create a free wedding menu template for your special day. This will not only be a pretty addition to your table décor, but it will also let guests know what is on the menu. You can select any background or border and you can edit the items on the actual menu. For more wedding printables, see how to plan a wedding.
Our free menu maker offers over 101 different borders and backgrounds. Select a design that coordinates with your wedding décor. You can use this website to create coordinating wedding printables to create a cohesive look. All of our custom printables are free to create and download.
When you open the app, you will see some optional designs on your left. Either use any of these designs as-is or select a new border to create a different menu template free of charge.
Wedding Menu Template
Here are some sample wedding menu cards that you can create with our free app. Since you can edit every element, the options are unlimited and these are only samples. Select the menu card closest to the one you would like to create and then start customizing until you are satisfied with the outcome.
You can also create the printable menu with Microsoft Word if you prefer. Each sample menu template is available in two formats.
How to Make Wedding Menu Cards
Once you have created the printable menu template, download it to your PC. Either have it printed at your local printer or print it at home on cardstock or heavy paper.
Why You Should Have Wedding Menu Cards
Having wedding menu cards at your wedding is not absolutely required, but there are a few benefits to providing them to your guests. Consider adding wedding menu cards to your wedding budget if any of the following apply to you:
- If your guests can select multiple options from a menu, instead of picking them on an RSVP card ahead of time, you’ll need to provide listed food options for them to choose from.
- If you’re having a sit-down dinner, wedding menu cards can be helpful because it allows your guest to know what to expect at the dinner and what type of food will be coming next. Since all items are listed on the menu, if a guest has a food allergy, they’ll know what they can and cannot eat.
- If you need a decorative piece to finish off your table décor, wedding menus will add a unique, personalized touch.
What Should you Include on A Wedding Menu Card?
Once you’ve decided that you want to have a wedding menu card at your wedding, it’s time to create your card. Just like all your wedding details, you have many choices according to your specific preference, tone, or style of the event. You can be creative or keep it very simple. However, there are a few key things that should be listed on your wedding menu card.
List Your Meals: The most important part of your wedding menu card is to list the meals your guests will be eating. If it’s a buffet meal, you can list all the options that will be served. If it’s a plated meal, you can let them know the choices they must order from and the number of courses that will be served.
Ingredients of the Meal: This is not necessary, but it will be great to help your guests who have any sort of sensitivity or allergy. You don’t need to provide every single detail of each dish, just items associated with major allergies such as dairy, meat, gluten, peanut butter, seafood, and nuts.
Personal Message: Your wedding menu cards are a great way to send a personal message to your guests. You could thank your guests for attending the wedding, welcome them to the reception, or add a special dinner prayer. You can even add the wedding date or your names for a little extra special touch.
How to Choose a Wedding Menu Card
You have plenty of options when choosing the size and display of your wedding menu card. You can choose to do an individual card or create a large sign. First, consider your budget before selecting your card. In general, Individual cards will be expensive, while larger signs incur less cost.
If you’re planning to do an elegant or formal wedding, consider choosing individual menu cards. Each card will be placed on top of each plate. It offers a beautiful way to welcome your guest and add a personal touch to your wedding.
You can save money by using our free printable menu cards and printing them yourself.
If you’re on a tighter budget but still want a beautiful wedding menu, consider displaying a larger sign to show your menu at the reception. You can write your menu on a giant sign, mirror, or chalkboard and place it near the reception entrance or the food if it’s a buffet. Regardless, there are many creative and unique options to choose from for your menu sign without spending a ton of money.
If you’re looking for an easy, small way to display this information, consider a little buffet sign or table sign. It will still allow you to display the important details about your menu without taking over your space or budget.
It’s essential to choose the wedding menu style that fits your wedding tone, budget, and what feels right to you. Remember, it’s your wedding, and the way you choose to display this information will not make or break the night.
Wedding Menu Card Samples
Samantha & Robby’s Wedding Menu
Pork tenderloin with sweet onion relish
Caramelized tuna with a warmed slaw
Cilantro relish and a potato salad
Decadent brownies, fruit squares, and mini cheesecakes
Two cheeses, bacon, tomatoes, onion, and jalapenos
Seasonal vegetables served with ranch dipping sauce
Fresh strawberries served with cream or ice cream
Chocolate brownie covered with a chocolate fudge sauce
French crepe with a strawberry filling and whipped cream
Mica and Andrews Wedding Menu
From the bottom of our hearts, we are so thankful to have each and every one of you here with us to celebrate our special day. Our menu is inspired by our time together in Peru, which is what started our magical journey together.
Love, Mica, and Andrew
Farmhouse Garden Salad a blend of fresh greens,
cucumbers, red onions, grape tomatoes, cheddar cheese
and croutons. Served with your choice of dressing.
100% black Angus chopped steak covered in a rich beef gravy
with roasted portabella mushrooms and sautéed onions.
Served with mashed potatoes and gravy.
Double Chocolaté Fudge Cake. It’s served
warm with Premium Vanilla Bean Ice Cream.
Green Tea Mocha Frappe topped with