How to Write an Official’s Name on a Place Card?
Can you tell me how to write a mayor’s name on a formal place card? Do I refer to him as:
—-—-The Honorable Mayor Darr
—-—-—-or How to Write a Name on a Place Card
—-—-Mayor Mark A. Darr
———————–— Nicole in Little Rock
I am hosting a dinner for a U.S. Senator. How should her place card be written?
—-—-Senator Dianne Feinstein
—-—-Diane Feinstein, U.S. Senator
————————— Debbie in Corporate Affairs
Dear Nicole & Debbie:
#1) A formal place card simply identifies a person’s seat. The card is small and the name is written on one side of the card: the side facing the guest. You write his or her’s name as he or she is addressed in conversation:
—-—-Mr. Hickey How to Write a Name on a Place Card
—-At formal events there’s likely a centerpiece/floral arrangement so other guests really can’t see one another’s cards. There is no functional purpose to putting a name on both sides.
—-At official events, when the guest holds a high office, it is traditional to write just title of the office the official holds. E.g.,:
—-—-The President How to Write a Name on a Place Card
—-—-The Chief Justice
—-—-The Mayor of (City)
#2) At other events larger double-sided tent cards or placards (text on both sides, so others at the table can see who is who and network) can have whatever information the host decides is useful: