Event Review: Anna Post at White Chicago

Last year, I met Peggy Post at White Chicago with my engaged friend, Nicole. The event was lovely and I was secretly pleased to have my book on etiquette autographed by her. This year, I was even more excited to attend the event as I am now engaged! I brought along my copy of Wedding Etiquette (a birthday gift) to be autographed by Anna Post, the great-granddaughter of Emily Post.

Anna gave a wonderful talk about the importance and place of etiquette. I was especially pleased because she talked about the difference between etiquette and tradition. There is a difference! There’s no reason to feel that you are “going against” etiquette by breaking with tradition. She stressed that etiquette is not to confine someone into doing something that they don’t want to be doing. Etiquette is founded on these 3 concepts:

  1. Consideration
  2. Respect
  3. Honesty

Anna recently published her first book, Wedding Parties. Anna also has a blog if you are interested!

Anna also talked about her great-grandmother, Emily. Emily was something of a rule breaker herself. Part of New York society, she divorced her husband and raised her two children on her own! A distinguished writer, Fungelwagnel approached her to update the etiquette book.

If you ever have questions about etiquette, feel free to contact the Emily Post Institute. Their website is terrible. However, they do encourage people to write in to ask questions. If you want something answered quickly, feel free to email me!