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7 Things To Know Before Attending Your First Military Ball

by Tami Brehse September 02, 2016

7 Things To Know Before Attending Your First Military Ball

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Your first military ball can be nerve-wracking, from the duds you'll don to the etiquette you'll be expected to follow.

We’ve taken the best advice from ladies and gents who've been around the military ball block a time or two, and here's what you should prepare for.

DO DRESS CLASSY AND ELEGANT.

The servicemen and women are going to be dressed to the nines in their uniforms, so you should be looking dapper, too.

Women generally wear gowns that are floor-length or just below the knee. While we love those little cocktail dresses as much as the next guy, save them for a less formal occasion.

For the guys, a dark suit and bowtie or tuxedo are in order. Ties are alright, but make sure it’s simple and leave the wacky designs at home.

DO PICK THE RIGHT COLOR OF DRESS.

For the ladies, stay away from loud colors and patterns. This isn't the time to make your fashion choice the center of attention.

Go with a color that compliments your date’s uniform. Think classy but minimal; re d, black and white are safe bets that'll look great. 

DON’T GET SLOSHED

It might be tempting to let loose, but pace yourself during the cocktail hour and throughout the rest of the ball. Save the boozing and shenanigans for the after-party, when many attendees move on to a local bar.

Getting sloppy isn't a good look for you or your date when brass and command are nearby. Treat it like a work event.

DO VISIT THE RECEIVING LINE

Long story short, this is a traditional meet-and-greet with the guest of honor and higher brass. It’s bad form not to go through it.

ENJOY THE DANCE FLOOR, BUT DON’T GET TOO CRAZY.

There’s nothing wrong with dancing, but this is a military ball, so save the raunchy stuff for the nightclub or your buddy’s wedding.

Keep it classy and appropriate. Drinking in moderation will help you keep from breaking this rule.

DO USE THE RESTROOM BEFORE THE CEREMONIES.

Depending on the ball, there will be a bunch of traditions and formal ceremonies to sit through, and they’re not necessarily short.

It’s best to use the restroom before it all gets underway so you don't have to be  that guy ducking out while someone's on stage.

DO HAVE FUN AND RELAX.

Don't fret over the whole thing too much. The ball is meant to be enjoyable. 

It’s a unique and awesome experience that not everyone gets to attend, so have fun with it!

Did you know Lucky Shot offers guaranteed lowest pricing on military ball souvenirs? Shop our selection of military ball gifts here, or call us at 407-985-3966 x.102 and we'll cook up something special just for your event. 

Tami Brehse
Tami Brehse



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