There's an art to setting the perfect dining table, even more so at special mealtimes \u2014 but have you been doing it all wrong?Here, etiquette coach and expert, William Hanson, shares his top tips on creating the perfect dining setting.1. Preparing for your guest"When your guest arrives at the dining table, seeing the table neatly set out and sparkling clean will reassure them that the food to follow is going to be decent," explains Hanson. "Before you even touch the cutlery and plates, position the chairs around the table to get them evenly spaced. If you are not using a table cloth, place mats are needed and these should be placed half an inch from the edge of the table."2. Laying the cutlery"Next, the cutlery. As diners, we use the cutlery from the outside of the setting and work inwards and so you should set the cutlery accordingly," says Hanson."All knives and spoons are placed to the right-hand side of the plate. Forks are set to the left. Check that they are smear-free: dishwashers can leave smudges and watermarks so use a slightly damp, clean tea towel to buff these away."3. Placing the glasses "Glasses are placed at the end to avoid knocking them over and also to stop dust collecting in them \u2014 so if you are setting the table the day before the meal, it's best to hold off setting the glasses until the day itself," Hanson advises. "Glasses are placed in the upper right-hand section of the setting; the wine glass should be directly above the knife; the water glass just to the left of that. Make sure you hold glasses from the stem and not the bowl to avoid leaving unappetising finger-marks."