Widow Wedding Band: When is the proper time to stop wearing the wedding band?

Q: I have been widowed for two months. I would like to know what is the proper time to stop wearing my wedding ring. I do prefer to wear it at this time but know at some point I should not.

A: No, there are no rules. You may wear it as long as you want to wear it, or remove it if you wish to. Naturally if you were to marry again you would not wear it any longer, but until that time, it is entirely your choice.

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Dinner Party Delay: How to handle tardy guests at a dinner party

Q: I recently attended a dinner party where the hostess announced in advance that dinner would be served at 7:00 pm. One of the invited guests was late. The hostess elected to wait for the guest to arrive. As a consequence, dinner was served roughly 30 minutes later than planned. Can you please share etiquette guidance on how best to deal with these kinds of issues? Thank you for your assistance,

A: Any hostess, after announcing what time dinner will be served, might wait up to 20 minutes for a late guest. After that time, she may serve the on-time guests, and when the late guest shows up, serve him/her whatever course everyone else is eating at that time. Otherwise, she may elect to wait, explaining to everyone else that they will wait a few extra minutes because the guest is unavoidably detained. However, when he/she shows up, she should not offer a cocktail and create a longer delay but rather escort everyone immediately to the dinner table

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The Fine Dining Experience: How to know which utensil to use

Q: When dining at a fine restaurant with more than enough silverware, how you know which utensil to use?

A: The simple way to know is to start from the outside in. If there is a soup course, the soup spoon will be to the far right of the spoons – on the outside – so you use it first. The salad fork, if that is the next course, is to the far left of the place setting, and you use it for salad. If you follow the order of the placement of the silverware you should be fine.