You Mean Just Picking the Menu Isn’t Enough?

As you already know, Mr. Spaniel and I are pretty jazzed about our wedding menu. Unfortunately, we couldn’t fit full descriptions of every entreé on the RSVP card (they’re described in more detail on our wedding website, but I have little faith that many people will make it there), and we’d like to minimize people’s culinary surprise. Or something.

Enter the wedding menu card! (Cue music. Or the sound of chewing. Don’t eat the menu card, please; it’s not edible.)

(Photograph by Rick Aguilar, via SMP)


The menu card can be a fun way to spice up the table decor, and since our linens are pretty bland and the task looked pretty easy, I went ahead and threw some of these together. Here’s how!

Step 1: Open a Word document. Set the page up with a landscape orientation and 1/2″ margins all the way around.

Step 2: Set up three columns with a 1″ gap between them (each column will be 2.67″).

Step 3: Type away!

I steered slightly away from the fonts I used in my invitation suite: I kept the Palatino Linotype block font, but instead of Shelley Allegro/Sheer Elegance I switched to Porcelain (a fussier font, I think, but more visually interesting). Since I was using Mr. Spaniel’s photo printer instead of my usual laser (which has a nasty habit of bending my cardstock into curls, as I discovered while printing our thank you cards), I decided to also play with a little bit of color. A very little bit of color:

I first saw “Eat. Drink. Be married.” in Mrs. Peep Toe’s recaps and thought it was pretty cute… now I get to use it!

Step 4: Print on cardstock. I used ivory colored card stock from Staples, and the shade of green came out absolutely perfectly on it… it matches the ribbon I’m using for our programs! (What programs, you ask? Patience, grasshoppers.)

Step 5: Cut your cardstock into thirds. This can be tricky if uniformity is important to you, but I just pulled out a ruler and marked off three and (a little tiny bit past) 10/16″ and cut. My rotary trimmer is my lifesaver.

Step 6: Fin! There is no step 6! Unless folding them into napkins is your step 6.

(I swear the menus are not as blurry as my photograph)

Speaking of which, that’s what we’ll be doing with these: setting one inside of the napkin at each place setting. And I am very, very happy that someone else will be doing that job. :)

Did you find yourself adding DIY projects to your list in the last few months leading up to the wedding?


Mrs. Spaniel

Los Angeles
Wedding Date:
March 2010
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  1. misspug Member
    misspug 3668 posts, Sugar bee @ 6:01 pm

    lovely! i really like that porcelain font. it’s so nice to give a lush description of the food, isn’t it?

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    tea 2414 posts, Buzzing bee @ 7:02 pm

    i like how these turned out spaniel! the ravioli sounds delicious!

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    cardigan 8645 posts, Bumble Beekeeper @ 7:06 pm

    I love the menus! They look great! Very elegant!

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    jingle96 2842 posts, Sugar bee @ 8:01 pm

    I decided to do menus after I saw Mrs. Pengy’s menus with the fork, spoon, and knife paper punch! I can’t wait to work on it!

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    spaniel 6778 posts, Busy Beekeeper @ 10:22 pm

    @Miss Pug: It’s my new fave font. :)

    @tea: I think so, too… Mr. S and I are both ordering it for ourselves!

    @amanda.lynn: Thank you! And not much effort, either!

    @jingle96: Ooh, I’ll have to check her archives for it! Sounds cool. :)

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    Mrs. Mouse 5554 posts, Bee Keeper @ 10:30 pm

    Your menus turned out really cute! I definitely would’ve made menus if we hadn’t served our dinner buffet style.

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    Happy Nappy Bride, Guest @ 11:16 pm

    Too cute…good work!

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    KMSull 6442 posts, Bee Keeper @ 1:17 am

    These look really awesome!

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    crebre80 10729 posts, Sugar Beekeeper @ 3:29 am

    Love the menu!! Awesome job!!!!

  10. nachos Member
    nachos 1721 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:48 am

    Wow, you did such a great job with those and they’ll definitely spruce up the tables and napkins. Nice work!

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    alishaneva 2152 posts, Buzzing bee @ 10:07 am

    They look great! And will definitely help pull together the “look” of everything!

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    pvaulter718 2116 posts, Buzzing bee @ 10:38 am

    They’re really cute! And congratulations on not over-complicating this! Get ‘er done!

  13. guineapig Member
    guineapig 1375 posts, Bumble bee @ 11:14 am

    For a long time I thought I was going to have to make menus but then I realized we’re doing a buffet, we don’t need menus for every seat! I really like yours though… now I’m sort of jealous!

  14. cola Member
    cola 2827 posts, Sugar bee @ 7:14 pm

    Very nice, those turned out great! I would love to do menu cards, but with a buffet it doesn’t make that much sense, so I’ll instead be making signs for the buffet table.

  15. scissors Member
    scissors 7343 posts, Busy Beekeeper @ 9:21 pm

    Beautiful! I just got a new printer yesterday, and now I want to plaaayyy!

    Too bad all I have is uncut cardstock AND I CAN’T FIND MY SLICEY THING. Yes, Scissors is missing any semblance of scissors or a paper cutter right now.

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