Place cards are placed at each place setting to ensure guests sit in the designated seats. They are only required if you have assigned guests to seats (not tables). If you are using tent-fold cards, print the guest’s name on both sides so that other guests on the table can also read it.
Place card names will usually be in the format “Mr John Smith”, but you can use “John Smith” or “Mr J. Smith” depending on the level of formality you are happy with. Using just the first name is obviously not recommended if there is more than one person with the same first name. Guest names can also be written on personalized menus or favors or let your creativity flow.