Code of conduct


Good to know

Traditionally, all ball guests have a partner at the table. According to tradition, there is one lady dinner partner and one gentleman partner. This is of course not always the case, and the terms have since been changed for left partner (trad. gentleman partner) and right partner (trad. lady partner).

The left parner helps their right partner by pulling out their chair. It is considered bad form for the left partner to at any point put down their glass before their table right.

Spontaneous toasts are to be avoided to keep up the atmosphere during the ball. The napkin should be placed in your lap and no elbows should be resting on the table.

If you bring a bag, it should not be on the table. Rather place it in your lap or hang it on the back of the chair. Utensils are usually placed so you work your way toward the plate, beginning with the outermost fork and knife.

It is considered especially rude to leave the table during the ball, but if this can't be avoided it should be done in a manner as to not disturb the other guests. Always wait until any speeches or similar is done before entering the hall again, as to not disturb the speaker or guests.

You do not smoke until after the ball has ended.

Dress code

When attending a ball, the dress code is white tie. This dress code includes tailcoat, ball gown, regional folk costume and mess dress uniform.

Ball gown

The most important is for the dress to be of appropriate length. It should cover the ankles. All dress models are allowed, but some details are not. It is for example not appropriate for a ball gown to have a too deep neckline. The same goes for a slit which goes too far up the leg or a too short underskirt with transparent outer layers.

Suitable accessories to the ball gown are a shawl or gloves, where the length of the gloves is decided by the length of the ball gown's sleeve length. The gloves should be removed during the dinner but you are welcome to keep them on during conversations and dance. Jewellery is voluntary, but rings are to be avoided on top of the gloves.

The shoes can be with or without heel, but due to the dancing that will take place during the evening is open toe discouraged.

Tail Coat

If you prefer to wear a tail coat, this should be black worn over a white wing collared shirt, white waistcoat, a white bow tie, mid or high-waisted black trousers and white suspenders. A white pocket square should be placed in the jacket's pocket.

The sleeves of the shirt should be held together by cufflings. Black, polished shoes with black socks should be worn.

White gloves are optional, and should be removed while eating. Wrist watches should not be worn, but a pocket watch is encouraged! A top hat can also be used, but should never be worn while seated.

Regional folk costume

A regional folk costume should be worn with any accessories which are included in the costume. If this would include a hat it should be worn, but should be removed while seated. The same goes for gloves.

Mess dress uniform

Mess dress uniform from the marine, air force or army can be worn during the ball. As the dress code is white tie, full mess dress is to be worn. Hat can be worn but should be removed while seated, along with gloves.

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