May 4, 2013

Wedding menus

Didn't realize my last blog was the first month of this year.  Now that all the wedding madness is over, I have more time to blog and hopefully give tips and insights for budget conscious brides on planning a spectacular, seemingly extravagant wedding.

One of the things we didn't want to spend a lot of money on were wedding menus.  We didn't want to go to a wedding printing company and spend money on something that we knew people would only glance over briefly and throw away.  Also, it wasn't practical to print a menu for every single person.  

So what we did was we got creative and went to Jo-Anne's fabric and craft store and chose stock paper that matched our wedding colors which were gray, soft purple, and blush. I kind of played around and got different textures and colors of paper and made mock menus.  Let me tell you- I am so not a crafty person but this was the quickest, easiest, most simple method for making menus.  When my fiance took one look at them and was impressed, I knew we had a winner.  We also saved money by opting to have two menus at each table instead of having one for each and every guest.    


The only materials we used were:

Stock paper
Non-toxic glue sticks
Pencil
Paper cutter
Regular 8 1/2 x 11 paper
Home printer




Step 1:  Chose paper stock that matched our wedding colors:











 Step 2:   Printed our menus on regular 81/2 x 11 paper on a home printer.  To save paper we made two columns and cut the printed menus and eye-balled it to the size we wanted.











Step 3:  Cut a section of another type of stock paper to make the menu header.  


















Step 4:  Cut the stock paper so that its border around the printed menu is about 1" to 1.5" wide.  Next I glued the headers and printed menu on the stock paper in no particular order.   








End result







Total cost:  $100 for stock paper including the paper cutter.  The stock paper we chose was $1.99 each but Jo-Anne's had a variety.  

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