I love weddings. I love the free food, the free booze, the dancing, the excuse to put on a poufy dress. But not every wedding is so lovable. Occasionally you get invited to a wedding that is far away or costs a lot of money to attend, which makes it not worth the cash or extra vacation time for you. But how can you take a pass on the wedding without offending the couple? More
Topic: Modern Etiquette
Another day, another video of someone flipping out on a customer service representative. As much as it sucks to be on hold for four hours or to be told you can’t return something you were promised was returnable, you should … More
Earlier this year, singer/celebutante Kelly Osbourne and her then-fiance, model Luke Worrall, split up. The split was messy, with Kelly accusing Luke of cheating on her. Now, she has taken to her Twitter account to bash Luke and talk about what a bad guy he is. Although it should seem quite clear that Twitter is not a good way to deal with interpersonal issues, Kelly’s recent behavior makes me think that this concept could stand to be reiterated. So here goes. More
When I was taking cotillion classes as a kid, our teachers would reiterate that the point of etiquette was to be an equalizer. In other words, since we all knew what politenesses were expected of us in social situations, everyone would feel comfortable. However, that’s not the case. Different cultures have different standards of etiquette, and etiquette often becomes a way to quickly indicate who came from the ‘right’ background and who didn’t. While common etiquette united the kids in my social circle, anyone from a different background would have immediately given themselves away as an outsider when they didn’t grab the right fork or know the proper pleasantry to use. More
Recently, my friend “Bonnie” and I were having a conversation about a mutual friend who is getting married. The friend asked Bonnie to be in her bridal party, and Bonnie – who hates our friend’s fiance and doesn’t approve of them getting married – struggled for a way to turn down the invite without looking like a jerk. Here are some ways to navigate a similar social situation: More
he holidays are a wonderful time of family togetherness. Extended relatives make the once-a-year visit, honored family traditions are upheld and, in general, most of feel a little more lovey-dovey. Unfortunately, the larger your family gets, the more difficult it gets to share your time.
Every couple knows that things have gotten serious when you start discussing shared holidays. It starts with an innocent 4th of July barbecue. But six months later, your grandmother is crying because no one will appreciate her homemade cranberry sauce like you do. And secretly, you’re crying, because you’re really going to miss that cranberry sauce! Then comes December. Who gets Christmas Eve? What about Christmas morning? Day after brunch? What about extended families? More
Your sex toy could lead to birth defects. – AOL Health
Here’s some etiquette rules to breaking off your engagement. – YourTango
And you thought the height difference between you and your boyfriend was a big deal. – The Frisky
Don’t worry, girls: he doesn’t listen to what his friends say, either. – College Candy
Now your Jewish mother can use technology to pick your boyfriend. – PR Newswire
Ah, mass email. It’s both the savior and scourge of offices and a good way to keep in touch with a lot of people at once. But there are some do’s and don’ts about using this form of technology. Listen up. More
Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays – there’s a major emphasis on food and minimal emphasis on any kind of religion. However, Thanksgiving is supposed to be about family, so what happens when you don’t get to spend the day with your own family? I’m planning a trip to visit my parents at the end of December, so I don’t want to pony up cash to go twice in two months. There are a lot of people who are ‘Thanksgiving orphans’ – people whose families live far away, who have to work on the holiday weekend, who can’t afford plane fare, etc. So what’s an orphan to do? More
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Recently, two of my friends – we’ll call them Christina and Denise – had a falling-out. It sucks for me because I’m friends with both of them and don’t want to have to choose between them, but it also reminded me how hard it can be when you realize you’re in the wrong and need to apologize to one of your nearest and dearest. Here are a couple of things to keep in mind: More
I’m in a long-distance relationship right now, and almost every article I’ve read about the subject involves keeping the fires burning by sending your partner naked or semi-naked pictures of yourself as a way to build anticipation for your next encounter. While that’s a nice idea in theory, there’s one problem with the plan, and that problem is called the internet. Even if you’re not worried about possibly becoming famous someday and your ex selling your photos to Star magazine, there are several other things to keep in mind. More
Planning a wedding should be a joyous time — albeit a stressful time — leading up to an even more joyous event filled with family, friends and love.
But for some people, getting engaged marks the beginning of a long life of oversharing on Facebook. It begins with 50 pictures of the proposal. Then the cheesy engagement photos. Then come the constant status updates about invitations, wedding colors and cake tastings, followed by a 300-photo album from the engagement session, 250 pictures of the shower, 101 images from the bachelorette party, and finally, the climactic 500-photo album of the wedding. More
College Candy has a great post up about how to be in a relationship without losing your friends. As someone who once got dropped faster than a hot potato whenever a girlfriend met a new guy, I think it’s really important to maintain your sense of self even when you’re happily coupled up. Here are a couple other things to keep in mind: More