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Dress codes can be a minefield, these simple tips will help.
If a dress code is not specified, do ask the host.
If a dress code is specified and you are not sure what to wear, ask for clarity.
Don't go to an event or occasion as you choose when a dress code has been specified.
The host has requested a particular attire, style or colour for a reason. There could be a theme for the event or occasion, you don't want to be the odd guest.
It is disrespectful to go as you choose, better to decline the invitation than give a bad impression.
Hosts, please be clear and specific with dress codes when inviting your guests. It might save you some phone calls and it will help to avoid any embarrassment.
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Totally agree. Clarity of the dress code, helps us Personal Stylists with an accurate shopping brief.
It's definitely party season.
Consider it an honour to receive an invitation to an event whether it's paid or unpaid.
As such, the polite thing to do is to respond to the invitation as soon as possible. Preferably within 72 hours. It is considered rude not to respond or acknowledge an invitation regardless of how it was sent.
Replying promptly ensures the host/hostess can plan accordingly.
If you can't attend, politely decline, you don't have to give a reason unless you are very close to the person.
Remember to treat others as you would like to be treated.
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A toast often involves drinking to honour or express gooodwill and appreciation at an event or occasion towards someone or a group of people.
The proposer should begin by standing up and getting the other guests to stand up by asking for their attention.
Ensure all the guests have a drink, it doesn't have to be alcohol, water is fine for those who don't consume alcohol.
Don't toast with an empty glass, it is considered bad luck.
Hold stemmed glasses by the stem.
Do not tap your glass with a piece of cutlery to get others attention, it is inappropriate.
Once all the guests are standing, the proposer should raise their glass, propose the toast then all guests should be asked to raise their glass to the person or people being toasted. Avoid clinking, especially with expensive and delicate glassware, take a sip of your drink before sitting down.
The ideal toast should be light, short, heartfelt and funny, lasting no longer than three minutes.
Avoid toasts that are too long, it is not a speech. Don't tell embarrassing jokes or stories.
A toast should be responded to with a toast.
If the toast is in your honour, you do not stand nor drink to yourself. Sit and smile appreciatively and say thank you after the toast is made.
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There are a few spaces left for this fun and educational afternoon tea experience in an elegant setting.
Why not treat yourself or someone to a relaxing afternoon tea experience before the festive activities begin.
I will be giving some practical etiquette tips that you can easily apply.
Thank you to all the ladies already registered, looking forward to taking afternoon tea with you all.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or send a DM to register.
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Happy kindness day to everyone. Kindness is not just about treating others with respect and courtesy, it's about having empathy for others.
Kindness is a universal language that everyone understands and appreciates. A kind act or deed improves the wellbeing of the giver and recipient.
Each day, there are so many opportunities to carry out simple acts of kindness. It could be that warm and friendly smile, that greeting acknowledging someone's presence or existence. Always pay it forward with kindness.
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It was a delight and honour to have been asked to participate in the second series of Family Footsteps, a BBC Northern Ireland programme. #BBC #bbcireland2019 #bbcireland #FamilyFootsteps #deportment #etiquette #etiquettecoach #etiquettetraining #polishedmannersuk @ Belfast, N.Ireland ... See MoreSee Less
This is wonderful Laura! Please tell us more about the program and your roll. 👏
Fantastic. Well done. Very proud of you my Diamond beauty 💎🙏🙏🙏💞💞💞
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Ever had an awkward moment meeting someone for the first time and they greet you with a social kiss? That happened to me recently, of course I was mortified but acted graciously as if it was the most natural thing to do.
When meeting someone for the first time in Britain, a social kiss is not an appropriate greeting.
Correctly done, a social kiss involves one kiss cheek to cheek with no lips or sound involved.
In some parts of Europe, it is not uncommon to kiss twice or thrice. Do pay attention to the culture and environment you are in.
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