Do I Need Table Place Cards
at My Wedding Reception?

Etiquette
romantic wedding reception table card

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Prodigal plus-ones? Wandering guests? Parental power plays? Lisa Birnbach, author of The Official Preppy Handbook, helps you navigate wedding planning with grace.

Do I need place cards at my reception? My family says that guests will probably just move them around anyway. —Amanda Y. of Tuttle, Okla., via email

Dear Amanda,

Place cards, which are found at each place setting, are not required, and eliminating them is an easy way to save time and money. Seating cards, however, are another matter. They assign guests to a particular table, and I highly recommend them if you want to prevent a free-for-all (12 guests fighting it out at one table; two lonely souls at another). Creating a seating chart is never fun or easy, but it is preferable to listening to your mother-in-law complain about her table by the buffet line for the next 30 years.

—Lisa Birnbach

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