You chose a dining style, hired a great local wedding caterer, and selected the delicious food that will be served at your wedding reception. Now, the next menu consideration you need to tackle is the wedding menu cards. If you’re like most couples, you probably have a few questions about wedding reception menu cards: Are they necessary? What should you include on them? What are the display options? Discover the answers and more in our guide below.
Wedding reception menu cards are not a requirement, but they are great for communicating the details of the meal to your guests. If you’re serving a plated meal with multiple main course options, it’s common to ask your guests to choose the main course they would prefer on the RSVP card. However, in some cases, you may prefer that guests make their choice at the event—therefore it’s important to have a printed dinner menu on hand for them to refer to when making their decision.
If you opt for buffet or family-style service, menu cards are a quick and easy way to share the food options and give guests the courtesy of knowing what to expect. Guests with dietary restrictions and food allergies will appreciate the heads up about what’s on the menu so they can plan ahead and enjoy the meal without stress.
What you include on your wedding menu cards is up to your preference and the style and tone of your event. Feel free to get creative and have fun with your wording, but your menu template should include the following:
While it’s not required to list every ingredient used in a dish, it is customary to provide a shortlist of the main ingredients, including foods that are common food allergies, such as nuts, shellfish, gluten, and dairy.
Many couples also use their wedding menu cards as an opportunity to welcome and thank their guests. This text is typically very short and is often found at the top or bottom of the card.
To turn your wedding menu card into a scrapbook-worthy memento, include your names and your wedding date on the card.
Gazpacho with Fried Almonds
Kale Salad with Spicy Quinoa
Jicama and Mango Slaw
Skirt Steak with Chimichurri
Snapper with Avocado Salsa
Charred Street Corn Risotto
Gelato Sundae Bar
Local Pie and Tart Bar
Thank you so much for celebrating this special occasion with us! Please eat, drink, and be merry.
Braised Pork Shoulder
Bacon, Apple, Sausage, Cheddar Stuffing
Brandied Cream Sauce
Hot Smoked Salmon
Dijon Cream Sauce
Whipped Russet Potatoes
Garlic & Chives
Roasted Local Vegetables
Seasonal Green Salad
Whole Grain Baguette
Welcome to Our Wedding Reception. Please enjoy this family-style menu as you get to know everyone at your table, and thank you for being part of our special day.
Local Cheese & Charcuterie Platter
Olives, Crostini, Apples, Bread & Seasonal Garniture
Mixed Green Salad
Port Wine Poached Pears, Stilton Cheese, Walnuts
Aged Sherry Vinaigrette
Pan Seared Duck Breast
Blood Orange Gastrique
Sweet Potato Gnocchi
Mushrooms, Peas, Parmesan, Carrot Sauce
Seasonal Roasted Vegetables
Passed Local Sweets
There are many different ways to display your catering menu at your wedding, but here is a look at the main styles you’re likely to encounter:
Your wedding stationery isn’t really complete with wedding reception menu cards. Follow our menu template above to create stunning and informative paper products that let your guests know exactly what they can or will eat for dinner at your wedding.