Our daring duo of etiquette and best advice on how to deal with a myriad of private life and public service situations talk protocols.
My first military ball is coming up quickly. I recently had a friend give me tips on what will happen. I’ve never been to one, so I have no idea what to expect. I was told about the receiving line and how not to greet the first person in line, etc. Seriously, what should I expect from this? My husband is not worried about it, but I am! I have a full back tattoo and ankle tattoos — can they be exposed? Can you guys give me a run through?
Military Ball Neophyte ……and now….to the answers…
HE SAID: I can understand your angst, but you shouldn’t be so worried. I could give you the protocol references and help you to know all the rules, but I think that would be counter productive.
Balls are intended to be fun — so embrace the fun. As far as the protocol stuff, just watch the people in front of you in line, or next to you … after a couple of these they will be old hat.
I have seen a lot of full back tattoos at balls, which personally, I would have preferred were not so prominently displayed at a formal military function, but I wasn’t the one wearing their gown. Just be dignified during the formal portion of the night and enjoy the dancing after — don’t fret the small things in life.
From a woman’s perspective, I will tell you that there is a lot of discussion about what other women are wearing or, in some cases, what they are trying to “pull off.”
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