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What Is the Correct Way to Word Seating Cards?


Seating cards are encouraged for seated dinners and formal buffets with more than 20 guests. The cards are usually displayed near the entrance of your wedding reception and include the guest's name and table. They can be decorated and should stick to a uniformed look.

You won’t be able to correctly word the seating cards until you’ve received most of your guests’ replies. Once you do, be sure to use correct names and titles of guests, just as you did on your wedding invitations. For example, it should read The Honorable (judge, mayor, governor, etc.), Doctor, or The Reverend.

It is also welcoming to use the names of guests who were brought by invited guests. Even if you sent the invite as Mr. Rufus and Guest, you should write a seating card that specifies the guest's name so that he or she feels personally invited.

If you have several children at your wedding, seat them together at a separate kids' table. If your flower girl and ring bearer are the only children present, seat them with their parents. Word their seating cards as Miss Lila Smith, Mr. Hunter Johnson, or simply with their first and last name.

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