December 6, 2012 at 4:55 PM

Kicking it up a Notch

"Not only is it an aesthetic element to punctuate the entire table design, it is also a nice gesture to give guests a sneak peek of what's in store"

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I am a huge fan of printed menus at weddings. Well, to me, any party seems snazzier with a beautifully coordinated menu offering mouth-watering descriptions of what you're about to enjoy.

Not only is it an aesthetic element to punctuate the entire table design, it is also a nice gesture to give guests a sneak peek of what's in store.  Or, if there are guests with dietary allergies, they can get a jump on letting their server know if there is anything they cannot eat.  I'm a glutard, so if I can tell my server before my meal comes out, I feel much more comfortable than having something placed in front of me and having to say, "uh, I can't eat this..." and then sit there awkwardly, wheat-lusting at the plate next to me.

Back in November I designed an intimate, 16-person wedding.  The focus was on the elaborate meal, so of course I wanted to create a menu that was equally as thoughtful.  I also made place cards that coordinated.  I wanted to share the DIY steps so you too can create these.  But, take note; don't attempt this if your guest count is over 150...because they are extremely time-consuming and you'll want to stab yourself in the eye after the first 20.

I found all of the wood at the local craft store...for pretty cheap too!

Leave the stained disks outside for a while, 'cause they will stink!  And nothing set's off the appetite like wood stain.

I printed the names and menus on a beautiful opalescent paper.  I sprayed the teal paper that went underneath with a light dusting of gold spray paint...everything had a beautiful glow and contrasted nicely with the rustic wood.

Because those little details are what OCD dreams are made of!

Then add a dib-dab of hot glue to keep everything in place...

Que pretty, no?

The nuptial dinner was held in the Pinon Dining Room at the Four Seasons Rancho Encantado. The extraordinary florals were from Andrea Soorikian Designs. All dining room shots by Ginger Russell Photography...the rest via the ol' iPhone!

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