How to Write Names on Place Cards

Written by amy l. gouger
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How to Write Names on Place Cards
You can write your place cards or have them printed. (fountain pen #2 image by Adam Borkowski from

If you host a large party, such as a wedding, or want an elegant touch to a small one, writing place cards can cause you some confusion. Etiquette questions considering titles and the proper writing of names abound. Traditionally, place cards have the title and the person's last name. You will see this format mostly at formal events such as weddings and major association events. In the 21st century, you can choose the many ways of writing the names. Just keep with the style for all name cards to provide uniformity and prevent confusion.

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Things you need

  • Pen
  • Place cards

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  1. 1

    Check the spelling of each name on your list of guests. Misspelling a name is potentially an embarrassing situation as it implies that you don't care enough to check the spelling.

  2. 2

    Select the paper and pen combo. Devise how the name card will look. Hosting a themed party gives you more options for place card holders.

  3. 3

    Write the name of the person on the place card after choosing a style. Most weddings use the traditional style, which is Mr., Mrs., Ms., or Miss, followed by the person's last name. For an informal style, you can write just the first name of the person or the first and last name.

Tips and warnings

  • If you have two people of the same gender with the same last name, write Mr. followed by the first and last name. Add the senior or junior to differentiate between sons and fathers of the same name.
  • If you have a doctor attending your party, address them by their earned title, Dr., whether they are male or female.
  • Give married pairs their own place cards.
  • If hosting a large event, assigning table numbers and using formal style, write the full name of two people with the same name only if sitting at the same table. Otherwise, just use the title followed by last name.
  • Traditionally, wedding place cards are white or cream paper with silver, black or gold ink.

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