Kathie Lee & Hoda: Summer Etiquette Tips
Harriet Cole, Today Show contributor and etiquette expert, and Faye De Muyshondt, founder of SocialSklz, stopped by to discuss summer etiquette tips with Kathie Lee and Hoda. They discussed summer romance etiquette as well as wedding etiquette because wedding season is right around the corner.
Kathie Lee & Hoda: Who Pays For The First Date?
When asked about “going Dutch,” or splitting the bill with a new summer romance or relationship, both Harriet and Faye agreed that whoever made the date invite should pay for that first date. However, paying for every date the entire summer is not necessary, so consider going Dutch or even switching who pays every other date. Faye also talked about being old school in waiting for her romantic interest to call her first, as she did with her husband, instead of calling right after meeting.
Kathie Lee & Hoda: Plus One At A Wedding
Wedding season is almost upon us, so Harriet and Faye gave Kathie Lee and Hoda their input on summer wedding etiquette. When it comes to bringing a date, if you were not invited with a plus one, do not bring a plus one.
“Weddings are so expensive, so people invited who they intend to invite,” Harriet said. If you are married, your spouse should have been invited as well, however if you are engaged, some might not be aware of your engagement or sent invitations prior to your engagement. It is acceptable to ask if you can bring your fiance with you, but never ask to bring along a boyfriend or girlfriend.
Another key component to weddings is the gift. The price of the gift can depend on where the wedding is or what type of wedding it is. Faye suggests trying to find a gift that covers your cost to attend the wedding as well as extra for a gift. Harriet disagreed, believing it’s not necessary to cover your cost, but to find a gift you can afford. “A smart couple will have a range of prices … If you’re going because you love the people, you give the best gift you can,” Harriet said.