Introduction to Social Etiquette for Formal Events

Besides getting the perfect prom dress, there are many other things to think about. If you want your prom to be the best, and I'm sure you do, the first thing I want to talk about is etiquette.  For many of you, the prom will be you first formal event.  If that thought makes you uncomfortable, it's a clear sign that your social graces could us improvement.


...The word has all but disappeared from the English language of today, but at one time, it played a very important role in Western Civilization.  Etiquette was how society would distinguish the educated, cultured, and high born from the rest of us riff-raff.  In fact, improving your etiquette did much to advance your station in life.  It can still do a log for you.  Just consider what a fuss everyone makes over your friends with manners; Their "please's" and thank you's" always get a "Why can't you be more and so?" from mom.

Regrettably, many teens have never attended a formal dance, and the prom may be the only one they attend for a while.  Facing facts, many of you may never attend another formal dance.  Let's try to make a good and lasting impression.

Nowadays, most people could use a little help in the manners and behavior department (and I'm being kind by using the words "a little").  This is not just because you are going to a prom but because you will soon find yourself in the real world.  And I'm not talking about the MTV show.  You'll be going on job interviews, taking business lunches, and other social functions where people will make determinations that affect your life based on, dare I say it... your etiquette.