8 Southern Etiquette Rules You Should Follow Every Single Day

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1. SEND HANDWRITTEN THANK YOU NOTES

Who doesn’t love to receive a handwritten note in the mail? I know I do. If someone has taken the time to buy a gift for you, help in some way, or simply do something nice for you, always send a thank you note.

Sending an email or text message is acceptable, but any Southern woman would agree a handwritten note is always appreciated.

2. RESPOND TIMELY TO AN RSVP REQUEST

When an invitation requires an RSVP, it is important to respond by the date given. Committing to an event so far in advance can cause anxiety for some. However, if you have ever hosted a large event, you understand the importance of knowing in advance the number of people attending.

Details such as seating, catering, and party favors depend on the number of guests attending. Always let your host or hostess know if you plan to attend by the date given on the invitation.

3. ARRIVE ON TIME

Punctuality demonstrates respect. It shows you are mindful of one’s time. Over the years, I have learned that being on time doesn’t mean arriving right when a meeting or event starts. Being on time is actually arriving a few minutes early. Depending on the occasion, I try to arrive 5-15 minutes early. It is empowering to arrive early and allow yourself enough time to find a parking spot, use the restroom if necessary, find a seat, and have a few extra minutes to get settled.

However, there is one exception to this rule. If you have been invited to a party, do not arrive early. The host or hostess will be preparing for their guests and handling last-minute details. It may create a stressful environment if guests start arriving early.

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