Banquet Etiquette | Seersucker Sass

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Banquet Etiquette

Last week, I was invited to a banquet at the university that I graduated from.  The banquet recognizes leaders on campus - not just students, but faculty and staff, alumni, and advisors!  I love that it brings together a bunch of people who love our university and want to see it grow and rounds them up into one room!

Fun fact:  I even won an award for my post-graduate work with my sorority!  What. an. honor.

Because I work in events, I pay super close attention when I'm at other events.  I like to get ideas that I can bring back to my office and implement!  (Especially when my boss lets me leave work an hour early to attend said event... I always like to report back with something I learned!)  I'm no expert, but here are my top five etiquette tips when attending a banquet.

  • Be gracious.  Even if it seems effortless or if the event is super simple, there is a very good chance that someone has busted their rear end to plan this event.  Whatever thoughts come through your mind are not my business, but don't openly bash the event, especially if its free!  It comes off as ungracious.  And remember, whatever organizations you are involved with, you are representing them 100% of the time!   (And I promise guys, there are bigger problems in the world than punch that sucks.)
  • Don't talk during the ceremony.  Unless you're whispering congratulations to the person next to you, keep the side chatter to a minimum.  I know it sounds naggy of me, but would you want people talking while you were receiving your award?  It all goes back to the Golden Rule!
  • Keep phone usage to a minimum.  There are times when it's appropriate to have your phone out.  We all want to take photos of our friends when they win awards, and I think that is so sweet!  The banquet that I was at even started out the event by asking us to make new friends at the ceremony, take selfies with them, and then tweet them!  Just remember to keep the selfies/tweeting/texting to a minimum when someone is standing behind the microphone, no matter how boring they may be ;)
  • Clap for everyone!  It's just the classy thing to do.  And what do you really accomplish by not clapping for someone?
  • Just because it's Lilly, does not mean it's appropriate.  Y'all know that I'm a Lilly lover.  I even have it on my 24 Before 24 List to continue expanding my Lilly collection.  However, not every Lilly dress is appropriate for every occasion.  You wouldn't wear a classic shift dress to a black tie affair or a brightly printed dress to a funeral.  Show respect and follow the dress code!

    In case you were wondering what I wore... :)
Banquet style

Jack rogers shoes

Lilly Pulitzer Topanga Dress

Hope everyone has a great Tuesday!!  Also, I am working on a fun blogger link-up... Email me or comment if interested :)




  1. Congratulations on your award! It always baffles me when people are ungrateful or rude during big social events - you definitely brought up some great points!

    If you are still looking for fellow bloggers to work in your link up, I would love to be involved! Just let me know. :)


    1. Thank you! I am always baffled, as well. Especially when it's supposed to be a room full of leaders!

      I will shoot you an email this evening :) Can't wait to work with you!

  2. Congrats! That's awesome and these are great points and advice!

    1. Thank you! Hope you're having a great Tuesday :)

      XX, SS || A Little Seersucker Sass

  3. Congratulations! Those are great tips... especially the one about limiting cell phone use!


    1. Thank you! I couldn't believe how many people stayed on their phones the entire time.

  4. Congrats on the award! I agree with the clapping for everyone. It's just the respectful thing to do.

  5. Congrats on the award! I love the dress that you wore!

    Love Always,

    1. Thank you! I have been saving it for the perfect occasion :)