We had a sit down dinner for our wedding and I just couldn’t bring myself to pay someone to design a menu of what our guests would be enjoying. That, of course, meant I was going to have to design the menu. We held our wedding at a Bed&Breakfast/Horse Farm in Warrenton, with some very classy and shabby chic elements. I really tried to mix up. I decided to make a menu card that would be placed on each of the place settings. We had navy blue pintuck tablecloths, with gold chargers and gold chiavari chairs, so we decided to go with white accents (with many other colors) so they would really stand out, including the menu cards.
I decided to go with a 4X6 white cardstock I found at Michael’s (my favorite store (and second home) during my wedding planning), I thought that was just the easiest way to go. We had a little over 100 people attending so I bought 3 packs of the paper just to be safe. They were out twice before when I went, so I just thought if had too much I’d return it. I learned that lesson previously, buy more, return later.
While I was there, I found this super cute stamp! I mean what are the odds, honestly?!?! AND, it was only $1. For serious? It was like the craft Gods were looking down upon me.
I actually started by stamping the menu to find out where I wanted the text to go in relation to the stamp. Then I made the menu in Word – super simple. I setup the margins appropriately for a 4×6 page and setup the tabs based where I placed the stamp. You can use a ruler to find out how many inches of space you’ve used with the stamp, and then set your tab appropriately.
Next, I downloaded a cool free font, Traveling Typewriter from dafont (love that site). And viola – my menus were done. Yea I’m making this seem like it took a lot less time than it did *laughing*. I actually spent a lot of time finding the font I wanted to use, like a lot. I downloaded I can’t tell you how many fonts. I just wanted to find the right one, and the Traveling Typerwriter just kind of spoke to me. It was, of course, one of the first ones I downloaded.
There were many many print outtakes, and stamp mishaps, so I’m really glad I bought that extra pack of cardstock. I did end up with extras, but I’m absolutely certain I’ll be using them in the near future (DIY birthday/Christmas cards or bridal shower /bacherlorette party/baby bump invitations anyone?!?!).
I hope you guys like them (yep that is my place setting up there in that collage (at the bottom)) and would love to hear about any of your DIY wedding crafts. Did you incorporate any DIY into your wedding?