ETI­QUETTE 101

PW’s Sarah talks mod­ern wed­ding man­ners with eti­quette ex­perts, De­brett’s

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Plan­ning a wed­ding in Bar­ba­dos while liv­ing in the UK was never go­ing to be easy. With dif­fer­ent tra­di­tions across both coun­tries, my to­tal in­abil­ity to choose a dress – and, most im­por­tantly, only six months to go un­til W-day – we def­i­nitely needed a help­ing hand! We had ques­tions, and eti­quette ex­perts De­brett’s had an­swers.

With three new be­spoke wed­ding ser­vices de­signed to help cou­ples nav­i­gate plan­ning with diplo­macy and tact, the team can an­swer any ques­tions or con­cerns you have. We opted to sam­ple the won­der­ful ‘Bride’s Ex­pe­ri­ence’.

Along with my wed­ding A-team – my fi­ancé, mum, and mother-in-law – we set­tled into the plush May­fair of­fices (though they can come to you, if you pre­fer) and re­laxed into easy con­ver­sa­tion with our eti­quette guide, Louise. We cov­ered lots of top­ics, from how to in­volve friends in our cer­e­mony, to the right num­ber of fam­ily pho­tos to have, and how much we should ar­range for our guests ar­riv­ing from abroad.

With such a wealth of knowl­edge, you get the feel­ing the De­brett’s team are almost like a per­son­alised concierge ser­vice – they have con­tacts in all the right places! Down­ton, this is not – the team are friendly and so knowl­edge­able (that said, a Lady Alexan­der was men­tioned as some­one who works there!). But Louise was very wel­com­ing – and fol­low­ing her ad­vice, we were re­as­sured we wouldn’t put a foot wrong.

The con­sul­ta­tion con­tin­ued over af­ter­noon tea in Clar­idge’s, with live piano mu­sic tin­kling in the back­ground. Buoyed by cham­pagne and pas­tries, we left feel­ing armed to tackle the wed­ding plans, and the to-do lists were is­sued to my W-day party the fol­low­ing week… THE VER­DICT Wed­dings can be a mine­field of eti­quette and some­times you need to call upon the ex­perts! It was a fab­u­lous ex­pe­ri­ence, and the per­fect ice­breaker for me, my fi­ancé and our mums. It will put a (ma­jor) dent in your bud­get at £2,500 for the 3.5 hour ses­sion, but, as the Queen would agree – you can’t put a price on good man­ners!

SARAH, HER FI­ANCÉ, KARL, AND THEIR MUMS GET SET FOR THEIR ETI­QUETTE SES­SION

THE DE­BRETT’S HAND­BOOK WILL EN­SURE YOU NEVER PUT A FOOT WRONG!

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