How to Set a Wedding Reception Table

How to Set a Wedding Reception Table

Setting a wedding reception table may seem like a 'no brainer', but when it comes to laying your tables and making you wedding reception a welcoming and unforgettable sight it's important to know the rules.

When setting the tables for a wedding reception there are usually two forks. The main course forks go to the left of the plate, while the salad fork goes to the left of the main course fork.

The butter knife should go on the right side of the place setting with the blade facing the plate. To the right of the knife you should place a teaspoon, if one is needed. If you're having soup, that spoon should go to the right of the teaspoon.

The plate for bread and butter should be placed above the forks.

When placing the glasses, from left to right it should be the champagne flute, the water glass, the glass for white wine and furthest to the right the glass for red wine. Place the glass for the red wine to the right of the outer spoon. Then continue to place each glass slightly above the rest, in a slightly diagonal line.

Placement cards should be placed between the silver, below the napkin. In case the napkin is placed in the centre of the plate, it's recommended that you place the placement card somewhere above the place setting.

What kind of centerpiece you want is very individual. If the tables are round, the centerpiece is placed in the middle of the table, whereas centerpieces for long tables usually are smaller and spaced out evenly along the table.

It is common to get a keepsake for the wedding guests. This could be something with the names of the bride and groom, or something else that's small and symbolizes the wedding. These keepsakes are usually placed on the plate or at the top of the table setting.