Tips for Inviting Parents to Attend the Debutante Ball

by Shu Wang

Most debutante balls are attended by students and their dates only. However a number of debs committees do consider inviting parents and teachers along too. If you are thinking about extending the invitation to parents or teachers here are a few things to consider:

The atmosphere at a deb with parents or teachers will be different to the atmosphere of a deb with just your year. It’s likely that the debs will be more formal and sophisticated if parents attend. If you are looking for an old world debutante experience then inviting parents is a great idea. If you are hoping for a crazy all night debs then inviting your parents to the school or drinks reception only is probably best. In some schools the parents are always invited. In fact, the parents organize the whole event. If this is the case it’s probably best not to break with the tradition.

Another important factor to consider is that some venues require a small number of parents or teachers to be on the premises. The venue will often provide complimentary tickets to these parents or teachers. The idea is that the parents or teachers will take responsibility for the guests if needed. Check the small print of the deb’s package to find out if your hotel requires this. If they do and it puts you off booking then let them know. Venues can often be flexible on this rule if it is the difference between getting a booking or not.