A Gentleman’s Advice for Prom
Gentlemen, it is almost time for Prom.
Recently, I learned prom etiquette from Katherine Webster, and I had the following takeaways.
When you pick your date up from her house, you walk up and knock on the front door; that “I’m here” text won’t cut it for tonight. When you are let in, introduce yourself to her parents with a smile, eye contact and a firm handshake, if you’re not already familiar with them. Even if you know them well, a handshake and a friendly greeting are appropriate.
Upon seeing your date, a friendly comment on her appearance is expected; she worked hard to look the way she does.
When leaving, be sure to let your date walk in front of you and to open the car door for her before going around and seating yourself.
When you arrive at the restaurant, open the door for your date and again let her walk in front of you. Then, be sure to pull out her chair for her once you get to your table. Upon taking your seat, put your napkin on your lap and leave it there for the entirety of the meal; if you have to use the restroom, put the napkin on your chair. During the meal, know your proper utensils, exercise good table manners and, most importantly, put your phone away.
At the dance itself, be sure to stay with your date; she is your date for a reason. You made a commitment to each other and it is your responsibility to carry that through by spending the evening together. Also, come to the dance at least minimally prepared with some basic dance steps.
My most important takeaway, however, is to have fun on Prom night. The preceding advice is sure to help you put your best foot forward in ensuring that those around you also have a lovely evening. Be kind and courteous, but be sure to let loose and enjoy yourself also.