While menus weren’t a must have for our wedding, I think having them gave the table-scape a little “something, something” tied in with the napkins. Plus since we did a buffet it gave everyone an idea of what to expect when their table was dismissed to be served. I created our menu template using good ole Microsoft Word with Feel Script font (but used a free substitute on the templates below). Other than cutting the paper they were one of the easiest DIY projects I completed for the wedding.
- Paper Cutter (or have it precut at Kinko’s,etc)
- Color printer that will allow for custom paper sizes
- Feel Script Font (or Monterey BT Font which is free to download here)
- My Menu Template created in MS Word (saved for Word 95-2005)
- 8.5 x 11 inches Ivory or White Cardstock – 1 sheet makes 3 menus (I used cover stock from PaperSource in Luxe White but Cold Press watercolor paper would work well also)
- If you don’t already have it loaded on your computer, download and install the font of your choice. This project uses Copperplate Gothic (which came with MS Word) and Monterey-BT.
- Download the Menu Template from above and update to your menu items of choice. Verify that the paper size is set to a custom size with a width of 3.66 inches and a height of 8.5 inches.
- Cut your standard sized paper into 3 menu sized pieces*. Each menu is setup to be 3.66 inches wide, so a 1/3 of a standard sheet of paper’s width if in landscape mode. Using your paper cutter cut each sheet into 3 equal pieces. To make this process less tedious I constructed a “guard” of sorts using a post-it note placed in the correct cutting position. Then I could just line my paper up against it’s edge and make a consistent sized cut each time. In retrospect it would have been even easier if I’d used a piece of heavier cardstock taped to my cutting deck so I have more of a solid edge to line up against. With my cutter and this easier method of alignment, I could easily cut through 2 pieces of coverstock at a time.
- Load the menu paper into your printer and print only 2 or 3 menus to start with to ensure everything is working correctly.
- Print your menus out in smaller sized groups to verify consistency in the printer feed. I did groups of 20 which worked well with my HP Deskjet D4160.
- Have a glass to wine to celebrate a quick and painless DIY project.
- Be sure to take a photo of the finished product and email it to me! I love detail photos!!
*Because my printer works well with custom sized paper I cut my paper into the correct menu sized pieces before printing. This meant not having to use a more time consuming program like Adobe Illustrator to create cut marks and spaces between each menu to allow for cutting, etc. It also meant that once the printing was finished so were the menus. I would suggest cutting a regular piece of copy paper into the correct size and verify your printer can handle the custom size before precutting all your paper.
**If you have hundreds of menus to create you could easily take your paper to Kinko’s or some similar place to have it precut. You would need to pay for 2 cuts, so typically less than $4.00.