Getting an invite to a formal British garden party event, such as the Royal Garden Party that takes place every year at Buckingham Palace, is a big deal and an afternoon to cherish forever. It’s important to remember though that these are formal events that you need to dress your absolute best for.
What is etiquette and why is it important? Debrett’s, the famous coaching company and authority on how to conduct yourself during social occasions, defines etiquette as ‘a set of guidelines that have evolved to make everyone feel welcomed and valued, to make everyday life easier, removing anxiety and awkwardness.’ Following the correct etiquette allows everyone, from guests to hosts to staff, to feel relaxed and able to enjoy themselves at formal occasions.
The Season is the name given to the annual period during the spring and summer when the best known and most quintessentially British events are held. The Season has an illustrious history, which evolved during the 17th and 18th century when the British elite was dominated by landowning aristocracy and gentry families. It peaked during the 19th century and up until World War I the Season was the appropriate time to be resident in the city rather than the country in order to attend the events.
Dress codes can cause a lot of confusion. You should be looking forward to that upcoming wedding or big bash, but instead you’re fretting about what to wear. Everyone worries about getting it wrong and looking out of place, but with a little bit of preparation there’s no need to worry.
Here’s our guide to the 10 rules of social dress codes (of course, in some exceptional circumstances – rules were made to be broken)…
What does one wear to a royal garden party? That’s the first question most women ask when that all-important invitation arrives in the post. It’s one of the most exclusive of UK summer events to be invited to attend – no pressure then! You can act as cool as a cucumber but it’s a big deal to be asked to enjoy what for guests will be a once-in-a-lifetime event.