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
• 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.
• 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.
• 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.