Etiquette

The Black Tie Table Manner Basics Every Wedding Guest Needs to Know

<i>Every wedding guest should be aware of the setting of the affair they are attending, as each party has a unique set of etiquette rules—most importantly: the more formal the celebration, the more particular the manners. When you sit down for dinner at a black tie wedding, make sure your table</i> …

Weddings

Miss Manners: Scolding by social media unlikely to produce gifts

<i>Dear Miss Manners: My daughter is very hurt that no one has sent her recent graduate anything yet. It has been one week, and she did not send out announcements.</i><p><i>Is it proper to put on Facebook how disappointed she is and that her son deserves better? What is the proper timeline for such things?</i><p><b>It</b> …

Lifestyle

Two Etiquette Experts Take On New York

Eyes alert, wearing pearls and a necklace with the word “Fearless,” Kelly Williams Brown, the author of the best-selling guide for millennials, “Adulting: How to Become a Grown-up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps,” and, more recently, “Gracious: A Practical Primer on Charm, Tact and Unsinkable Strength,” …

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How to Be a Houseguest Who Gets Invited Back

If you’re lucky enough to have been invited to stay at someone else’s lovely beach house or gorgeous mountain hideaway for the long weekend, you’re likely feeling pretty special. But you may also feel a bit nervous—especially if that someone isn’t yet a close friend. You certainly don’t want to …

Wine & Spirits

The Wedding Thank You Card Etiquette All Brides Need to Know

Wedding thank you cards: Just when you've wrapped up your celebrating and are getting used to that new second ring on your finger, you realize you have this one last thing to do as newlyweds. While the task is often viewed as a chore, it's important to remember that this is a special way to take …

Weddings

17 Surefire Ways To End Up On Someone’s Fecal Roster

My best friend and I have a saying when we are annoyed by someone or a situation. We simply look at each other and say, “I hate people.” When someone …

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How to Write a Proper Thank-You Note

A few months back a friend volunteered to dog-sit for me while I was out of town. When I arrived home, I thanked her for her service and handed her …

Lifestyle

A refresher on wedding etiquette, from tricky plus-one scenarios to cash bars

Weddings are complicated. From plus-one invitations to picking the bridal party to discussing the budget, wedding etiquette can be tricky for the couple and their guests. And it doesn’t help that expectations are constantly evolving with technology and changing social norms.<p>So, how can you avoid, …

Weddings

Carolyn Hax: A few tips on gratuities and special orders

Adapted from a recent online discussion.<p><i>Dear Carolyn: My daughter and son-in-law live an hour from us, and we meet once a month or so at a midpoint restaurant for dinner. I always enjoyed this time and thought it was a nice custom.</i><p><i>Recently I caught my son-in-law talking to our waiter, giving him an</i> …

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From sipping soup to stirring coffee, learn etiquette at the Plaza Hotel

With weddings and other summer events coming up, it’s a good time to polish up your manners. So TODAY sends Lilliana Vazquez to the famed Plaza Hotel’s finishing school, where Myka Meier of Beaumont Etiquette teaches her the fine points of sipping soup and twirling spaghetti.

Miss Manners: What I say when they ask why I won’t breast-feed

<b>DEAR MISS MANNERS:</b> I am about to have my second child, and I am formula-feeding this baby, as I did my first. Any recommendations for a more polite …

Confused about tipping abroad? This interactive map will solve your problems

Despite our global connectivity and all the information available at our fingertips, tipping remains an etiquette nightmare for many travellers. Now an interactive map will help you work out exactly when and how much to tip based on where in the world you are.<p>The online tool – called ‘Tip Advisor’ …

Travel

Don't Be the Worst: 5 Things to NEVER Do at a Wedding

Spring has sprung, summer is right around the corner, and your refrigerator is covered in save-the-dates for fast approaching weddings meaning you've …

Weddings

A guide to outdoor rock climbing etiquette

With the rise of indoor climbing, what happens when the gym rats show up at the outdoor crags?<p>Auto-belay training in a gym, while delivering the …

Outdoors

Can We Force Our Friends to Invite Us Over?

AD to the rescue: We answer your most pressing modern etiquette questions<p><b>Dear AD,</b><p><b>We always host dinner parties—eagerly attended and properly acknowledged with next-day flowers and lavish notes of thanks. The thing is, our friends never reciprocate. We’re never asked over anywhere. Should they ask?</b> …

How To Not Get Arrested Or Shot In Russia

Steamy <i>banyas,</i> rainbow onion domes, vast frozen landscapes, quaint gingerbread cottages, epic cross-continental train journeys, prodigious artistic …

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10 email subject lines you should never type again

Like me, you no doubt receive a veritable landslide of emails in your personal and business accounts.<p>Most of us are bombarded by hundreds of email messages every day, adding up to hundreds of thousands of messages that we — and the people we're trying to reach — have to filter through every year. …

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12 Ways to Be the Best Wedding Guest Ever

Wedding season is upon us. While brides and grooms across the country are getting ready for one of the biggest days of their lives, they're also …

Weddings

How To Write A Letter Properly

It's crazy to think that there once was a time when I exclusively corresponded with other people by handwritten letters: My distant cousins and I lived in different parts of China — she resided in a remote village; I grew up in the most crowded city in the world — and we'd share our vastly …

U.S. Postal Service

Trump Made A "Rude" Thumbs Up Sign In Saudi Arabia — But Really Everyone Needs To Calm Down

It's not really considered a rude gesture.<p>Posted on May 20, 2017, 16:20 GMT<p>President Trump loves to give a thumbs up.<p>Jim Watson / AFP / Getty Images<p>It's kind of his thing.<p>Jim Watson / AFP / Getty Images<p>He does it every chance he gets. 👍<p>Brendan Smialowski / AFP / Getty Images<p>But on Saturday …

Middle East

Marriage Advice 101: Roommate Etiquette Rules That Newlyweds Shouldn't Forget

<i>If you thought your days of living with a roommate were over, think again. After all, what is a spouse if not a roommate for life? Our experts are taking it back to your college days with four pieces of marriage advice in the form of roommate etiquette that are just as important for newlyweds as</i> …

Marriage

Londoners are making their tea all wrong as traditional etiquette gets dunked

Londoners should be ashamed to call themselves tea-drinkers, a survey from armed forces charity SSAFA has found.<p>It turns out that our cultural city …

Tea

International dining etiquette made simple

Of course, there are some rules to restaurant dining that are universal. Firstly, never eat anywhere if the menu is covered in laminate plastic. …

The 20 Etiquette Lessons Every Child Needs to Know

Etiquette expert Myka Meier outlines the manners every kid needs to master.<p>The key to lifelong manners is to start young. So young in fact that Myka Meier, the founder of Beaumont Etiquette, thinks training can start as soon as a child starts talking.<p>"You can begin teaching etiquette to children as …

7 Things You Should *Never* Do in a Restaurant If You Want to Avoid Pissing Off the Host

Restaurants hosts and hostesses are the front lines of any restaurant. They call the shots, they assign the tables, and they bring some semblance of …

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10 things you'll find in (almost) every German household | Meet the Germans | DW | 17.05.2017

From specialized breakfast equipment to an army of binders, here are 10 things you're likely to find in most German households.<p>If you take a tour of …

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5 Foreign Customs That Every Business Traveler Should Be Familiar With

When traveling overseas for work, it is essential that you prepare by learning about the culture and business practices followed in the countries …

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This Might Be Why You Never Get a Second Date

Are you a rude diner? Take this self-evaluation.<p>Among the many phenomena Aziz Ansari gets right in the second season of <i>Master of None</i> is one standout moment in the “First Date” episode. Dev (Ansari) is on a Tinder date at a restaurant. It’s going fine until his date flags the waitress. “Excuse me …

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Travel Smart: Know local etiquette before you go

Avoid saying or doing the wrong thing, or even getting into trouble, by researching the customs of the places you will visit.

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