A few weeks ago, we started talking about wedding etiquette, when it comes to paper products. If you haven’t had a chance to read it, jump back over to my post about Escort Cards & Place Cards, where we break down the difference between the two and their many uses. Today, I want to talk about about dinner menus, and why something that may sound unnecessary can actually be the perfect (and inexpensive) final touch to a table setting.
As you work through the details for your wedding paper goods, you may have a mental checklist of items you know you will need (invitations, programs, signage, escort cards, welcome gifts, etc.). While menus are a completely optional item, I strongly encourage you to add them to your thought process when you get down to designing your table settings.
Imagine walking up to a table and seeing the many different items present at that table setting. Beautiful linen, flowers, and candles laid out in just the right way to make the table feel elegant and inviting. Plates, glassware, and flatware surround a perfectly folded dinner napkin. Sitting atop the napkin, a menu card. As you look at the card, you are reminded of the wedding invitation, and the beautiful artwork that was used on it – which may now be used again for the menu. It lists out each course in perfect detail, making you both hungry and excited for dinner to begin. The table is beautifully set.
The addition of that menu card adds not only visual appeal to each place setting, it is a personal touch from you as the bride and groom. You chose the menu with your guests in mind. Why not give them a preview and let them know exactly what they're eating? It is the easiest way to acknowledge the talents of your chef, and to help let your guests know what is coming for dinner! (Bonus: Menu cards also help your guests with food allergies know what is coming!)
Having a beautifully printed menu is also a great keepsake for the future. Years down the road, you can take out your wedding box, that holds many different keepsakes from that weekend, you can line all of your pieces up side by side, and remember all of the wonderful memories made.
A menu card is truly a simple and relatively inexpensive way to add to the design of the dinner table, make each guest feel so special by having a menu of their own, and give another personal touch to the wedding experience.
XO - Nicole