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Man escorting his wife in a restaurant

Man escorting his wife in a restaurant
Travel Host Magazine
Fall 2009
Page 41

Charleston is a city full of excellent restaurants. When people travel to Charleston, many of them dine at one or more of them.

A man enters a restaurant with his wife, is there protocol as to how to escort and seat his wife at the table?

When the hostess or maitre d' escorts a man and his wife (or date) to their table, the protocol is that the wife follows behind the maitre d�� and the man follows behind his wife. Once at the table, the husband offers her the best seat at the table and then he or the maitre�d would pull out her chair. The husband then sits in the chair to her left. This allows his wife to have the position of honor. The position of honor is the chair to the right of the host (he is the host). Upon leaving the restaurant, the protocol is reversed. At the end of the meal, the man once again, pulls out her chair and then he leads out through the restaurant, ahead of his wife, as if to clear the path for her.

                                                      Knowing the proper way to escort and seat your wife is a quiet act of respect for her. 

Author: Cynthia Grosso

Source: Travel Host Magazine

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