Setting the Wedding Table: Informal vs. Formal

October 31st, 2012 by Karen Pan | Comment

There are so many times when I am sitting across the table at a tasting and I see the look of sheer confusion in the eyes of my Groom not knowing which fork to pick up. Of course most of us will never set the table at our receptions, but it’s important to know the difference between the informal and formal place settings for your big day. Your table setting should continue to reflect your wedding theme and formality to ensure a consistent and beautiful day. Here’s a great diagram to refer to:

No matter which direction you go towards, you can always get creative in the styling and presentations of each item. However in both settings, cloth napkins are a must because they look so much more elegant than paper and can be folded in many ways to dress up the appearance of the table.  For formal settings, napkins can either be placed on the center plate or left of the forks. Glasses should always go to the right of the plates and the bread plate towards the left. And chargers or base plates can also add formal elegance to your table setting. Hope that clears up some of the confusion and minimizes the swapping of utensils. Happy planning!

Diagram courtesy of LYOTS

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