Menu cards share some of the most important information with your guests: food. These menu cards exist to set the tone for your wedding reception and let everyone know what they can expect by way of a meal. This card will also remind them what they already decided on pre-wedding and will give them options if they have yet to choose.  If they were asked months before the wedding what they wanted for dinner, they’re likely not going to remember what they have chosen. Here are a few things you need to know about menu cards and some unique ideas for alternatives:

What to include
It may seem pretty basic right? Just list the meal options. Some wedding menus, however, have a specific order in which things are listed. It typically starts with the bride and groom’s name at the top, followed by the appetizer, side salad, entrees and dessert.

Fun alternatives to the traditional menu card
Traditional menu cards are a great option for the wedding reception. But if you’re not the traditional couple, you may want to think outside the box a bit. Who said your menu had to be on paper?

Chalkboard menu
This has been an option used at real bride’s weddings. There are a number of ways to go about this chalkboard option. Opt to hang a big chalkboard with all of the menu choices listed out for guests to see. This is a great way to personalize the menu and add whatever you would like to it. Don’t worry about your handwriting not being perfect – it adds personality! Just make sure people can read it. You could also choose to put mini chalkboards at each place setting (I would recommend this option for people with a smaller wedding). These are super easy to DIY and don’t cost much to make!

Wine-bottle menu
Martha Stewart Wedding suggested creating a special wine-bottle menu card for the reception. Using the same typeface and paper you used for your wedding invitations, wrap the menu around a bare wine bottle for a fresh take on the menu that your guests will love.

Window menu
If you’re having outdoor nuptials, take a piece of glass, nearby window or mirror to display your menu on. Grab a vintage window frame that would go perfectly with a natural setting and write on the glass with a dry erase marker or special wax crayons.

Do you have any more great ideas for wedding menu cards? Share your thoughts with us!