Wedding Menu Wording // Unique Menu Wording Alternatives
Though they are not included in the invitation suite, menus bring a sense of cohesion to your wedding stationery. A menu at the wedding reception echoes the same design aesthetic as your invitation suite—ensuring a polished experience for your guests at every touchpoint.
Your wedding stationery should be a unique representation of your love story from start to finish—including the wording.
When they are designed to complement your custom wedding stationery, day-of pieces like programs and menus really tie the whole experience together. There is no reason your menu shouldn’t be perfectly tailored to your personality!
Needless to say, you must list food selections on your menu. But there are plenty of options to customize the wording beyond that! Don’t be afraid to think creatively about menu wording; a subtle wording alternative could infuse your menu with a dose of memorable personality (without sacrificing elegance, of course!).
I’ve collected a few of my favorite wedding menu wording options for you to use along with your food descriptions. Take a look at this list of unique wording alternatives to start composing a menu unique to you!
- On the Menu
- Dinner Selections
- To Eat
- Bon Appétit
- Numbered: 1, 2, 3…
- Numbered: 01, 02, 03…
- Numbered: I, II, II, IV…
- Labeled: First, Second, Third, Fourth
- Labeled: Appetizer, Salad, Soup, Entrée, Dessert
- Labeled: Passed H’ors D’oeuvres, Salad, Entrée, Dessert
- Labeled: To Start, Main Course, To Finish
Take a peek at a few sample menus below! Whether you love the look of long-form text, or embrace a minimalist aesthetic… the menu design can play into your vision for the big day.
If desired, you might also include a cocktail menu. You can list drink selections on the back of the main menu, or frame a printed drink menu near the bar.
It’s no secret that I also love to incorporate custom illustrations into the menu design. From little sketches of your signature cocktails, to drawings of the venue’s chandelier… why not add a custom touch to your menu?
The menu is (of course) where guests can find a description of the reception meal. However, in addition to its practical purpose, the menu also offers a touchpoint where you can communicate with guests at the reception. You might choose to include a brief note of thanks to all your guests for their attendance… or perhaps a note thanking your parents for hosting the celebration. A short note on the back of your menu will get the job done!
You can also consider listing any directives for end-of-the-night logistics (like shuttle transportation, UBER codes, or instructions for your grand exit send-off).
Not sure if printed menus are in your budget? Display one or two large signs instead! Together we can craft a custom poster-sized design for display at your celebration. This works best for a buffet-style dinner; at a seated reception, proper etiquette dictates that each guest really should have a menu at their place setting.
With these wording alternatives in mind, we can begin crafting a menu that truly reflects your personality and ties in with your wedding invitation suite. A menu may seem like one small detail, but there’s no reason it can’t be special and personal. I can’t wait to come up with a custom design just for you!
Are you ready to craft a custom invitation suite? I would be honored to assist you with all the details—from custom liners to thoughtful wording.