Ask the Countess: Addressing Adults!

The Countess answers your questions about titles and wedding attire.

Countess,
I assisted in teaching an etiquette class for two years, and amongst my friends I am somewhat known as the authority on that subject, kind of like you! I have one question, what is your view on teenagers and young adults addressing adults as Mrs. or Mr. and their first name? Or should always be by the last name? Thanks!
R.J.G

Hi R.J.G,
Wonderful work you do...I think its a matter of preference. I prefer being called by my last name. It's either the last name or please call me John/Jane preceded by Mr., Mrs. or Miss. The Countess

Dear Countess,
A number of friends and associates come to me for etiquette advice. I am actually considering a program for young girls and teens. Of course, I have background and experience; would a certification course be worth the time? If so, are you familiar with credible schools of etiquette? I only know of one, and would like to shop around (if need be).
Thank you!
Renee

Hi Renee,
Educating yourself is never a waste of time. I encourage you to pick a program that works for your needs. Obviously something that enhances your already vast knowledge. Merci!
The Countess

Hello Countess LuAnn,
My husband and I were invited to a wedding at the Waldorf Astoria in New York in July. Since it will be the summer time, do you think it's ok to wear a short dress instead of a long dress?
Thank you,
Deana

Hi Deana,
That sounds wonderful. You can definitely wear a short dress. You will find most of the ladies will be wearing short. Cheers!
The Countess

We just had a wonderful weekend at our good friend's country estate outside of Manhattan. I'd like to send a framed photo taken during our stay as a thank you. I'm waiting for the developed photos to arrive now. How long do I have to send the gift and thank you card before I'm a little later?
Thanks! Andrew

Hi Andrew,
That is a very thoughtful gift, remember its the thought that counts. You could always drop a quick note to say Thank You beforehand. They will be thrilled when the gift arrives within weeks.

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