“The women wore formals and the men wore tuxes.” Guests dined on potato chips and pop, and if they could manage it, snuck beer and liquor in.” “There were certain ones who had something in their pocket,” Bette says.“And they always had a stag line – a bunch of guys who came and had no dates.Always be on time There’s no such thing as fashionably late; ladies must be ready when their date arrived.Always be on time Today it is still considered rude to keep your date waiting for any longer than 5 minutes.Were the customs of courtship in the 1940s and 1950s more successful in bringing lifelong couples together? With no answer machines or text messages in existence women would have to wait for a knock at the door or a telephone call.To celebrate this Diamond Jubilee, relationship site e Harmony reviews how young couples met and dated sixty years ago and compares the advice given then, to our contemporary words of wisdom. Men frequently ask Whilst it’s still traditional for a man to ask, today women can and often do ask men on dates.Respond immediately to your date invitation If a lady was lucky enough to be asked out, it was her duty to respond immediately and of course with absolute politeness.Appearing too keen Modern day dating seems to be more like a power battle. And yet, respond late and she risks appearing disinterested, particularly if the dater is communicating with other online matches.
We danced all the time.” “We knew where we were heading,” Richard says of the early days.It was your hope that certain boys would tap your partner on the shoulder so you could dance with them.They were supposed to be known as the best dancers of the group and if you could dance with them, why, it was like another star in your tiara (laughs).” “You’d monitor every guy that was coming up,” Richard remembers. “The dance was from 9 to 1 so my mother knew exactly how long it took to get back to the house,” Bette laughs.At least two or three days’ notice was required for a lady’s diary and times to collect and return your young lady were critical.Competing for time Modern daters are busy with their lives, and if they’re not around when the phone rings, it is acceptable to call back when convenient or to arrange a second date through a text or email.