Your Wedding Table Setting Guide

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Your Wedding Table Setting Guide

If you feel lost when it come to setting a formal table whether it is for your wedding or any other event, here are some tips you should be aware of:

  • Utensils, likes forks, spoons and knives, are placed in the order of use starting from the outside and ending on the inside.
  • Forks go to the left of the plate and knives and spoons go to the right.
  • Knife blades should always face the plate.
  • Silverware or utensils tell the number of courses you will be having or serving.
  • Dessert utensils are placed above the plate.
  • The bread plate is placed on the left side of the main plate.
  • Bread Plate Trick: If you get mixed up with your bread plate and your neighbor’s plate, here is a trick to remember which one is yours: With palms stretched and faced down, touch index fingers to thumbs and stick your remaining fingers up. Your left hand will form a “b” shape for bread.
  • Your water glass is the one placed closest to the tip of your knife.
  • Fluted glasses are for sparkling beverages only.

We have compiled a few images to help you set your table:

Basic Setting:

The napkin is placed on or to the left of the fork.  You also don’t have to place a bread plate and butter knife, they are optional.

Your Wedding Table Setting Guide

Informal Setting: 

The dinner fork, the larger of the two forks, is used for the main course; the smaller fork is used for a salad or an appetizer.

The napkin can be either placed on the left of the forks,  or in the dinner plate.

The salad plate is placed next to the forks.

The dessert utensils can be placed on top of the plate, or with the rest of the utensils being the closer to the plate.

Your Wedding Table Setting Guide

Formal Setting:

The service plate is the large plate, also known as the show plate, is placed underneath the plate of your first course. When you are done with the first course, the service plate is used for the entrée or appetizer.

The fish knife is placed on the right of the dinner knife and has a special shape.

Dessert spoons and forks are brought in on the dessert plate just before dessert is served.

Your Wedding Table Setting Guide

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