When hosting a party one detail that can confuse people is the proper way to set the table for your guests. If you host your wedding reception at a location with a banquet manager they should know and be able to assist you with the proper setup needed for your event. However, if you don’t have a banquet manager it can become quite confusing on knowing what you need to order. So you never have to worry about this issue again I have put together, with the help of the all-knowing Emily Post, a post that will guide you on the type of table setting you should set for your next event.

There are three types of table settings: the basic table setting, the informal table setting and the formal table setting. As with any event information these diagrams may have to be altered slightly depending on the type of event, your location and what you are serving. For any tables setting Emily Post says that there are two basic rules:

1. Utensils are placed in the order of use, that is, from the outside in,
2. Forks go to the left of the plate, and knives and spoons go to the right.

Start all your table settings following these two rules and you are on your way to following proper table setting etiquette! Below I have provided amazing diagrams that you can follow to help with the rest of your table setup. To get more information on each table setup, click on each diagram or title below.

The Basic Table Setting
Hopefully this will help you and clarify all your event table setting questions for weddings and any other event you may host. My rule of thumb is when in doubt; consult Emily Post (she has an answer for everything!). You can even buy the most recent edition of the etiquette guide today!

What other event etiquette questions do you have and would like to see me do a post on? Let me know in the comments section below!


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