How to Address Place Cards for Weddings

by Dee Striker ; Updated September 28, 2017

Inject your personality into the smallest details of your wedding celebration. Place cards rest on each reception table’s place settings. Each place card contains the name of the guest slated to sit in a predetermined seat. Place cards are one of the first personalized items people encounter upon arrival at your wedding reception. Address the place cards in a manner that helps establish the theme and atmosphere of your celebration.

How to Address Place Cards for Weddings

Step 1

Use full titles. For formal affairs, write the appropriate salutation or title, such as Ms., Mrs., Dr., Esq., along with the full first and last name. For example, “Dr. Jane Doe” and “Mr. John Doe.” Address unmarried women as Ms. and married women as Mrs..

Step 2

Use first and last names with no titles. For less formal functions, write down first and last names only. This option saves the time in researching occupations and marital statuses for appropriate title information. According to Wedding USA, being consistent is the most important aspect of addressing place cards.

Step 3

Use first names only. For small casual receptions, use first names only. Include a last initial for those with the same first name. For example, place cards for Jane Doe and Jane Smith would read “Jane D.” and “Jane S.” This option does not work for large receptions.

Step 4

Use nicknames. For very casual, fun wedding receptions, use nicknames or themed salutations on the place cards. For example, a little sister’s place card could use her childhood nickname instead of her given name. For a fairy tale-themed wedding reception, use Prince and Princess instead of Mr. and Ms. or Mrs..

Step 5

Acknowledge guests. If an invited guest brings an unnamed guest, write a place card that reads “Guest” or “Guest of Jane Doe.” According to The Knot, couples avoid the “guest” place cards by leaving room on the reply card for the single invitee to write the name of the guest.


  • Many wedding favor companies, such as My Wedding Favors, offer place cards that double as wedding favors.

    Use a calligraphy pen or a computer to write out the place cards.

    Write the table number discretely on the place card to organize and speed up the wedding reception preparation.

About the Author

Dee Striker has been writing professionally since 2007. Her work has appeared in "The New York Amsterdam News" and several online publications such as Clutch and Get 'Em Girls. Her portfolio includes articles on real estate, love/relationships and politics. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and a Master of Arts degree in urban planning from the University of Michigan.