How Do I Know If I’m Fashionably Late or Just Late?

Rue's resident etiquette expert weighs in on your most pressing questions

The most important thing to keep in mind: There is no blanket rule. No one wants to be that so-early-it’s-super-uncomfortable guest at an open-house party (à la Michael Scott on The Office). But what friends with restaurant reservations would like to be left waiting at the dinner table?

Here’s a quick guide to some key arrival etiquette.

 

Dear Rue: Fashionably Late

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October 17, 2013

Can I Bring an Uninvited Guest to a Formal Event?

Rue's resident etiquette expert weighs in on your most pressing questions

In a word, no. And you cannot try to squeeze in an exception with that seriously weak they’ll-barely-eat-or-do-anything excuse.

Why is it pretty much always unacceptable to bring someone who wasn’t on the invitation? Let me count the ways.

Dear Rue: Uninvited Guest

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September 19, 2013

Dear Rue: Can I Say No to Being in the Wedding Party?

Our manners-minded associate, Shaina M., answers all your etiquette questions

 

Shaina has spent years helping friends, family, and coworkers with thorny social issues (graciously and gently, of course). Starting today, she’ll bring Rue’s manners-with-style voice to your etiquette questions.

First, take a deep breath and don’t panic. It’s of course a great honor to be selected for the wedding party. And no one would deny that you care for the bride and groom.

However, none of this means that you automatically have to do it.

Dear Rue: Wedding Party

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August 22, 2013