Wedding Napkins and Favors - Tips and Ideas
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Wedding Napkins and Favors - Tips and Ideas
By Ray Miller

Wedding Napkins are often overlooked until the last minute. Here are some tips and ideas to help insure this important detail is not overlooked for your wedding.

Personalized wedding napkinsYour wedding is just a few months away and you are in the final stages of planning your wedding and wedding reception. Some of the items still on your list may be wedding favors. Wedding favors include everything from small treats and gifts for your guests to wedding napkins.Personalized wedding napkins are an excellent keepsake to remember your wedding. Available in several sizes including dinner napkins, luncheon napkins and cocktail napkins, custom printed napkins add a personal touch and character to your special day.

Cocktail napkins, also called beverage napkins, average 5 inches long by 5 inches wide and are ideal for the cocktail or juice bar and wedding cake table. Printed with a design or monogram, the bride and groom's names and wedding date, custom printed cocktail napkins will delight your guests. Plan on ordering 2 to 3 cocktail napkins per guest at the cocktail bar as guests will return several times to have their beverage refilled. One cocktail napkin per guest is sufficient at the cake table as most guests will have only one slice of cake after the main course.

Luncheon Napkins are usually 6 1/2 long by 6 1/2 inches wide and are used at the buffet table or on the guest table. Plan on ordering 1 to 2 printed luncheon napkins per guest is supplied at the buffet table or 1 napkin per guest if presented on the guest tables.

Dinner Napkins are usually 8 1/2 inches long by 8 1/2 inches wide and are typically folded and placed on the guest tables. Personalized dinner napkins can be custom printed with a monogram or design so that when wrapped around silverware, the monogram or design is displayed directly on top of the napkin roll. Plan on ordering 1 dinner napkin per guest.

Guest Towels have a unique shape. Measuring 8 1/2 inches long by 4 1/2 inches wide, rectangular shaped guest towels are typically used in the restrooms and wash areas. Their unique shape also makes guest towels a perfect fit for the guest tables. Plan on ordering 2 to 3 personalized paper guest towels per guest for the restrooms or 1 guest towel per guest for the dinner tables.

Another advantage to printed paper napkins is the many color options that are available to match your wedding colors or theme along with a large selection of imprint colors, designs, monograms and letter styles to choose from.

If you have contracted a catering service to provide all of your wedding reception food and beverage services, they may have already included napkins as part of their services and fee. It is important to ask your caterer or wedding coordinator whether or not napkins are included and what type of napkins will be used. An important question that is often overlooked is 'where will the wedding napkins be used during the reception?' Too often, napkins are placed at the guest table with little thought given to the wedding cake table. As guests line up to receive a slice of the wedding cake, they often receive their cake on a small plate with a fork but no napkin. Another question to ask your caterer is 'will cocktail napkins be provided at the cocktail or juice bar?'

Whether you have yet to consider the type of wedding napkins you will use at your wedding reception or your caterer is already supplying your napkins, take a moment out of your busy schedule to determine what type of napkins you will need and where they will be used. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.