Episode #32: The Problem with “Sorry, But…”

Apologies are fine and good.  Apologies that are immediately undercut by a “but” are not.

ALSO MENTIONED: 

  • There’s not enough room on the wedding party bus.
  • Tipping ambulance drivers or hospice workers.
  • Gifting protocol for the non-blood relative half of a separation/divorce.
  • Lizzie’s favorite Emily Post book.
  • An Etiquette Salute/question about a gun at the dinner party.

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Waiting Game : What’s the policy on opening gifts?

Q. I am getting married in three weeks. We have received lots of nice gifts at
showers that I would love to start using right away. Should I wait until after the ceremony to use the gifts or can I begin now?

I have looked at many wedding sites and cannot find the answer.

A. By the time this reaches you, you will already be married! Best wishes to you and your husband. In answer to your question, you could have used your gifts as you received them.

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Tag You’re It! : Where do you wear a name tag?

Q. A colleague and I recently had a conversation about which side of your body
to wear a name tag on at a business meeting. She said that you are supposed
to wear it on the right side of your chest because then when you shake
someone’s hand they are directed to your name tag. I have always put name
tags on my left side.
What is correct?

A. Although it is easier for right handed people to put a name badge on the left side, they correctly are worn on the right side so the person shaking hands or greeting has easy eye contact with both the person and the badge as a way to help remember the name or to see where he/she is from, etc., which is the purpose of wearing the badges in the first place

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