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Have you had an etiquette question that has been bothering you? Well, now is your chance to ask the expert. Our Founder, GiGi Lewis is accepting queries using our contact form. Your question may even be posted here, regardless, you should receive a reply within a few days.


From: Garry Thomas
Subject: Introduction
Question:
I get nervous when introducing people. Whose name do I say first?

Answer: This is a very common question. The person of highest honor should be the name stated first. For example: when introducing a minister to a female you would say, "Reverend Jones, I would like you to meet Mrs. Pearl."


From: Elizabeth Healy
Subject: Table Manners
Question:
I'm confused as to whether or not it's OK to put your elbows on the table

Answer: This is a common misconception. Rules very throughout the world. In the United States, it is acceptable to put your elbows on the table during conversation between courses. However, it is debated that a person looks more polished if they never do so.


From: Rachel Williams
Subject: Makeup at the Table
Question:
Is it alright to brush my hair or put on makeup at the table as long as I do it discreetly?

Answer: It is never appropriate to brush or comb your hair at the table as hair might get into the food.


From: Casey Howard
Subject: Everyday Etiquette
Question:
Is it considered proper for a woman to open the door for a man?

Answer: Yes, in a social setting it is appropriate for a woman to open the door for an elderly or disabled man. In a business setting, men and women are considered equal. Therefore, it is always proper for a lady to open the door for a gentleman. However, you might want to consider gentleman from older generations still hold on to the traditional values that require a man to open the door for a woman, and you may want to use your discretion in those individual situations.