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Close Up Tatler Ball Etiquette: 5 Tips For A Blunder-Free Ballroom Experience

Tatler Ball Etiquette: 5 Tips For A Blunder-Free Ballroom Experience

Tatler Ball Etiquette: 5 Tips For A Blunder-Free Ballroom Experience
By Tania Jayatilaka
By Tania Jayatilaka
October 11, 2019

Whether you’re a newcomer to this year's Tatler Ball or a seasoned sophisticate by now, keep these simple pointers in mind while enjoying yourself at one of the most glamorous high society events of the year

1/5 Photo wall etiquette

Always be mindful of others waiting to use the photo wall. (Photo: Malaysia Tatler)
Always be mindful of others waiting to use the photo wall. (Photo: Malaysia Tatler)

Kudos to you if you're one of the first few on the scene, snapping away those obligatory shots by the dazzling photo wall.

But once the crowd starts to thicken and you spot more and more friends for a fun group picture or two (or three, maybe four?), just be mindful not to hold up other guests waiting for their turn at the photo wall once you've exhausted every possible pose in your repertoire. 

Related: 15 Topics To Break The Ice With At The Tatler Ball    

2/5 Be kind to the camera

The best shots come from being yourself and having fun with the camera, as this gorgeous couple knows well. (Photo: Malaysia Tatler)
The best shots come from being yourself and having fun with the camera, as this gorgeous couple knows well. (Photo: Malaysia Tatler)

It's no surprise that each and every Tatler Ball is well covered by a team of professional photographers ready to capture all those glittering outfits and megawatt smiles on camera.

See also: 5 Sure-fire Ways To Look Amazing For Instagram During Tatler Ball

That said, remember to relax, have fun, enjoy the great company and let the shutterbugs find their way to you rather than monopolising one photographer throughout the evening.          

 

3/5 Selfie reflections

Eyes off the phone, and on each other! (Photo: Malaysia Tatler)
Eyes off the phone, and on each other! (Photo: Malaysia Tatler)

The stage is set for an utterly fabulous evening: the décor is stunning; the lighting, superb. Once seated at your table, it's only natural for you to whip out the phones and start snapping selfies like there's no tomorrow. 

See also: The Glamorous Girl's Guide To A Tatler Ball Makeover

But alas! Don't be tempted to spend too much time worrying about the perfect caption, or the ideal filter for your #MYTatlerBall2019 Instagram post. Rather, use your Instagram as a tool for conversation and for getting to know other guests at the ball. It's called 'social' media for a reason, after all!      

 

4/5 Lend me your ears

Be respectful of each and every speaker. (Photo: Malaysia Tatler)
Be respectful of each and every speaker. (Photo: Malaysia Tatler)

When the time comes for the various Tatler Ball awardees to go up on stage and give their acceptance speeches, give them your full attention as a sign of respect.

Related: 10 Past Tatler Ball Awardees That Led By Example

While we understand that good manners and common courtesy can't be always be taught in one sitting, who can forget that one year at Tatler Ball when one awardee lost his patience with some particularly noisy guests in the ballroom, pausing his speech halfway to ask them to lower their voices or else take their chatter outside. (Talk about a great tale for the Tatler rumour mill!)        

5/5 Bringing chivalry back

Gents, look alive and be sensitive to the needs of your spouses/girlfriends throughout the evening. (Photo: Malaysia Tatler)
Gents, look alive and be sensitive to the needs of your spouses/girlfriends throughout the evening. (Photo: Malaysia Tatler)

Gents, this one's for you, whether young or young at heart: Oft forgotten gestures of courtesy – like opening doors for the ladies or ensuring that they are seated comfortably before you are – these speak much louder than mere words. At a night as special as this, we'd expect nothing less than the best from the gentlemen of high society. 

See also: 5 Etiquette Rules Every Modern Sophisticate Must Know, According To Tunku Dara Naquiah 

To both gals and guys: at Tatler Ball, you're bound to come across plenty of well-dressed ladies with long, willowy gowns that trail glamorously behind them. Be mindful not step on anyone's gown or spill your champagne on anyone, and we can assure you, the same courtesy will be extended to you. 

Stay tuned for more stories on Tatler Ball 2019.

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