Setting a formal table correctly for your wedding reception is an essential part of etiquette for your big day. It will also come in handy if you are hosting any dinners or other parties during your planning. There are a few tips we would like to share with you to make sure to impress the guests.
When it comes to Silverware there is an order in which each piece should be placed. The piece of silverware that is to be used first should be placed on the outside, furthest from the center plate. For example if you are planning on serving a salad as the first course, the salad fork (usually smaller) should be placed on the outside. Just remember, forks on the left side and spoons and knives with cutting edge facing the plate on right. The butter knife should be placed across the bread plate, which is placed at the top left corner of the main dinner plate.
The Cups are to be placed at the top right corner of the main dish. The water glass is above the knife and the wine and champagne glasses go to the right of water. Coffee cup and saucer are placed to the right of knife and spoon. The dessert fork and spoon, smaller in size, are placed at the top center of the dish right below the place setting card. The fork belongs below the spoon facing in the opposite direction.
The Napkin is placed on top of the main plate or to the left of the forks.
Knowing how to set a proper table is a skill you will use even after your wedding. Think about all the dinner parties you will be having after receiving the beautiful china plates you registered for! Your guests will notice and appreciate the time you took to set the table perfectly.