How to Make a Wedding Menu Template in InDesign

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What You’ll Be Creating

Make a statement with your wedding stationery by learning how to make an InDesign menu template in just a few easy steps.

In this tutorial, we will cover how to set up a wedding menu template through the use of Layers and Paragraph styles. You will also learn how to prepare your wedding menu template in an InDesign template that users can edit easily. This menu format measures 9 in x 4 in, which makes it easy for you and other users to print at home.   

In a hurry? We’ve got amazing dinner menu templates and menu card templates over at Envato Elements and GraphicRiver. Go check them out!

What You Will Need for Your InDesign Menu Template

You’ll need access to Adobe InDesign. If you don’t have the software, you can download a trial from the Adobe website. We’ll also be using:

Download the assets and make sure the fonts are installed on your system before starting. When you are ready, we can dive in! 

1. Setting Up a Wedding Menu Template File in InDesign

Step 1

In InDesign, go to File > New. Name the document wedding menu template. Set the file to the following dimensions:

  • Width to 4 in
  • Height to 9 in 
  • Orientation to Portrait
  • Units to Inches
  • Pages to 1
  • Uncheck Facing Pages
  • Columns to 1
  • Margins to 0.5 in
  • Bleeds to 0.125 in (it’s best to seek your professional printer’s preference)

Click Create.

create a new file

Step 2

Organizing layers is an important practice when designing an InDesign template. Bring up the Layers panel by going to Window > Layers. Double-click on Layer 1 and rename it Background. 

rename layer 1 to background

Step 3

On the Layers panel main menu, select New Layer. Name it Copy. Click OK.

Create a new layer named Images. Click OK.

create new layers

2. Designing Your Wedding Menu Layout in InDesign

Step 1

On the Layers panel, select the Background layer.

To Place an image, press Command-D. Locate the Watercolor pink backgrounds folder and select the 7.jpg file. Click Place.

place the background image

Step 2

Click on the InDesign menu template to place the image. Using the Direct Selection Tool (V), resize the frame to cover the width of the wedding menu template and extend it to the bleed.

resize the image

Step 3

Head over to the Layers panel and lock the Background layer. Select the Copy layer. 

lock the background layer and select the copy layer

Step 4

Using the Text Tool (T), create a text frame at the very top of the InDesign menu template. Use the side margins to help you place the text box in the center of the page. Add text—in this case, I’ve added ‘Let’s Dine!’

using the text tool add a title

Step 5

Open the Character panel by going to Window > Type & Tables > Character panel.

On the Character panel, set the Font to Cest Lavie Regular and the Size to 40 pt. 

On the Control bar, set the Alignment to Center.

use the character panel to format the text frame

Step 6

Create a text box under the title using the Text Tool (T). Here, we will include the couple’s name and date on two lines. 

On the Character panel, set the Font to Cest Lavie Serif and the Size to 10 pt. 

On the Control bar, set the Alignment to Center.

add names and date under the title on the menu design

Step 7

Create a text box under the names using the Text Tool (T). Here, we will include the menu for the day. We will use a combination of the Regular and Serif family. Add copy, and let’s start formatting:

  • Subtitle: Add a hyphen before and after each subtitle as this will help create emphasis.  Set the Font to Cest Lavie Regular and the Size to 20 pt.
  • Menu items: set the Font to  Cest Lavie Serif and the Size to 8 pt.

On the Control bar, set the Alignment to Center.

add the menu copy and use the character panel to format the menu template

Step 8

Create a text box under the menu with the Text Tool (T). Include a line such as ‘Bon Appetit’.

On the Character panel, set the Font to Cest Lavie Serif and the Size to 10 pt. 

On the Control bar, set the Alignment to Center.

add a final line on the menu card template

Step 9

Head over to the Layers panel and lock the Copy layer. Select the Images layer.

lock the copy layer and select the images layer

Step 10

Press Command-D to Place an image on the InDesign menu template. Locate the arrange_6.png file and click Open.

place the flower arrangement on the menu template

Step 11

Click on the menu layout to place the image. 

Head over to the Control panel and activate the Constrain Proportions button. Set the Percentage to 45%. 

Place the image on the bottom left corner of the menu. Make sure that the image is touching the bleed marks.

place the image on the bottom left corner of the menu template

Step 12

Press Command-D to Place an image on the menu card template. Locate the arrange_5.png file and click Open.

Click on the InDesign menu template to place the image. 

Head over to the Control panel and activate the Constrain Proportions button. Set the Percentage to 55%. 

Place the image on the bottom right corner of the menu. Make sure that the image is touching the bleed mark.

place a second arrangement on the food menu template

3. Converting Your Menu Layout Into an InDesign Template

Once you’ve finished designing your menu layout, it’s time to get it ready for easy customization. In this particular InDesign menu template, we will create Paragraph Styles for the content. The rest of the elements are JPEG files that don’t require specific formatting.

Step 1

Go to Window > Styles > Paragraph Styles. On the Paragraph Styles panel, we will create a number of formatting styles based on our menu design. 

Select and activate the text box at the top of the page. Head over to the Paragraph Styles panel and click on the Create New Style button. This will create a new style based on the text you selected. 

open the paragraph styles panel

Step 2

Double-click on Paragraph Style 1 to open the Paragraph Style Options window. 

Change the Style Name to Title. You will notice that the Style Settings will include the settings you used on the text—this is a great way to double-check everything is in order. Click OK. 

create paragraph styles

Step 3

Select the couple’s name and date using the Text Tool (T). Head over to the Paragraph Styles panel and click on the Create New Style button. 

Double-click on the new Paragraph Style and set the Style Name to Couple name. 

Repeat the same procedure for the rest of the menu and create styles for the Subtitle and Menu Description. 

Now your InDesign menu template is ready to be shared with others. Users will have the option to easily change the fonts and content through the paragraph styles. Users will also be able to change the images if they desire through the organized Layers panel. 

create paragraph styles for the rest of the menu design template

4. How to Export a File for Printing

Before exporting a file for printing, it is useful to take a look around all the edges of the menu design. This is to make sure all the images bleeding out are touching the bleeds.

Step 1

To export the file, go to File > Export. Name the file Wedding Menu Template and choose Adobe PDF (Print) from the Format dropdown menu. Click Save. 

expor the file as a PDF for print

Step 2

In the Export Adobe PDF window, set the Adobe PDF Preset to Press Quality.

use the press quality preset

On the left side of the panel, select Marks and Bleeds. Check All Printer’s Marks and Use Document Bleed Settings. Click Export. You will have a ready-to-print PDF file.

check all printers marks and document bleed settings

Great Job! You’ve Finished Your Wedding Menu Template!

In this tutorial, we learned how to make a wedding menu template in InDesign. We covered key tools that will help you create a ready-to-edit menu design. Today, we learned to:

  • set up a ready-to-print InDesign menu template
  • organize and create different layers
  • use paragraph styles to create a template
  • export a PDF file for printing

If you are new to InDesign and need menu layout ideas or menu design templates right away, head over to Envato Elements and GraphicRiver. We’ve got many options to explore! 

Final wedding menu template

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