Rosemary has long been believed to be a love charm. In the Middle Ages, the bride would wear a headpiece of rosemary and the groom, along with wedding guests, would wear a sprig of rosemary in their buttonholes. The inclusion of rosemary in the wedding ceremony symbolized love and loyalty.

I’m a firm believer that sometimes the simplest things can be the most beautiful. That is the case with this tutorial. There are not many steps, but this will have your place cards and menus looking elegant yet rustic and set the tone of your reception décor beautifully.

Why not continue the rosemary theme throughout your day by asking your florist to include some sprigs in your bouquet or buttonholes – or table decorations.


What you’ll need:

A bunch of rosemary (try your local farmers’ markets)

Sharp scissors

A4 sheets of thick card (I used 150gsm cream card in linen)

Computer and printer

Guillotine (if you have access to one!)

Hot glue gun and glue

1 ball of jute twine


What to do:

Step 1. Create your menus and place cards. I used the free online design website Picmonkey with font ‘La Belle Aurore’.  When printing both the menus and place cards, ensure there is a margin at the top of 5cm or more to allow space for the rosemary.

Step 2. Print your place cards and menus onto thick card. I used 150gsm cream card in linen. Alternatively you could have menus and place cards printed at Officeworks or your local printer.


Step 3. Using a guillotine (or scissors!), cut your menus and place cards to size.

Step 4. Using the scissors again, cut the rosemary into suitable lengths. I used 8cm pieces for the place cards and 12cm pieces for the menus.


Step 5. Heat the hot glue gun. String a small bead of hot glue down the length of an 8cm length of rosemary and attach at the top of the place card. Repeat until place cards are complete. Repeat steps for 12cm lengths and menus.

Step 6. Tie the menu to your chosen napkin with a single piece of twine knotted twice in the centre.  Trim ends.



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Ms Chinoiserie Says: Such a pretty and easy way to include a touch of botanicals to your wedding day style: the fragrance will be lovely at your table too!

About Jess Bauer: Hi, I’m Jess and I’m a writer. I am a lover of words and stories, pretty papers and flowers. I find great satisfaction in creating something beautiful from the simplest of materials and am happiest in a home bustling with conversation and music, sitting at a beautifully decorated table surrounded by good friends and delicious food – with a glass of champagne in hand, of course!