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Saint Abby

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Attending an Australian Military Ball
« on: March 28, 2014, 08:28:17 AM »
This seems like a good place for this question :)

My DH and I have been invited to attend an Australian military ball in May 2014.  The dress code is formal, so my DH is renting a tux.  I have never been to any Australian function and cannot find any resources for guidance and have a few questions.

-Attire-  Are there any colors I should avoid/go to?  I have a garnet ball gown that is v-necked with an A-line skirt.  Would this be appropriate?  Are gloves needed or too formal?

-Customs-  US military balls include many customs and formalities that must be observed.  Are there any unique Australian customs that I should be aware of?

We are very honored to be invited to this event and I would like to make a good impression.  Thank you for your assistance.  :)



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Re: Attending an Australian Military Ball
« Reply #1 on: March 28, 2014, 09:30:32 AM »
Sounds fun! I'm not Australian, but I notice that both the Melbourne and Sydney Military Balls have websites which include photos of previous years events which may give you some ideas. -Does the event you are attending have it's own website?

I would expect a long dress to be fine, and gloves to be optional. Your dress sounds lovely!


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Re: Attending an Australian Military Ball
« Reply #2 on: March 29, 2014, 04:42:11 AM »

The Oz customs will be closer to British habits than USNA ones. If this is a regimental ball, one of their officers will set you straight on anything you should or shouldn't do.

One thing though; there will be a bell or lump of some metal either near the door or the bar. Whatever you do, do NOT make it ring! Not even if a nice young man in a handsome uniform tries to charm you into it! If you ring the bell, you shout the bar.
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Re: Attending an Australian Military Ball
« Reply #3 on: March 29, 2014, 05:38:12 AM »
I'm in Adelaide and I've been to a few officer's balls. I attended as a guest of an officer. Ladies were mostly in floor length gowns but no gloves, officers in dress uniform and other men in suits and tuxes.

The ones I went to usually had a theme, I think Carnivale was one and I remember an oriental theme as well. We always had a blast. I'm pretty sure as long as you are polite to everyone you meet, you can't really go wrong.

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Re: Attending an Australian Military Ball
« Reply #4 on: May 03, 2014, 10:31:34 AM »
Thank you very much for your help.  I was able to find some pictures from last year's ball for reference and we were also given a little pamphlet on customs.

The ball was fabulous!