What to Wear to the National St. Louis Civil War Ball
Ballroom attire is the first choice of the evening. : FOR LADIES we recommend a ballgown of fabric of your choice. Simple gowns in cottons that are trimmed can be quite charming. Some guests will be in taffeta, some in silk. If you do not own a ballgown, we invite you to wear your very best gown for the evening, you will find everyone at the ball to be warm and welcoming. White or very light pastel wrist length gloves are most correct. For your hair, flowers, feathers, ribbons and decorated headpieces are suited to the ballroom. Hats and bonnets are not worn indoors and should be checked at the coat check. FOR GENTLEMEN; Period attire is appropriate in either Civilian or Military wear. Hats are worn to the ballroom and can be stored in the cloak room. White gloves (kid leather or cotton) are expected when dancing with the ladies. These can be found at a variety of sutleries, please let me know in advance if you are in need of them. Although we enjoy formal wear into the ball room, we understand that as many guests are hobbyists, your nicest daytime wear will be accepted into the ballroom. Footwear: Gentlemen, as we are dancing in a historic ballroom with original hardwood floors, we ask that you do not wear your heel plates. If this means for you to wear a more modern shoe into the ballroom, it is very acceptable to do so. If you must wear your heel plates, we ask that you securely duct tape them so they do not damage the floors. The rule is; if we hear your heel plate scraping on the floor, one of our lovely young ladies will assist you in duct taping them for safety. Please do not fret over your clothing, as everyone at this National Civil War Ball last year can attest; it is more about the spirit of camaraderie & a lovely evening of dance! As you can see from our photos below, we have a variety of style of clothing being worn into the ballroom, military and civilian.
What Happens at the National Ball?
We ask that you promptly arrive so that you may hang your wraps, put on your dance slippers, adjust your tie, comb your hair and gather your dance card. Our Grand March begins promptly and you won't want to miss it! Our wonderful dance Mistress Deborah Hyland will gently guide into an evening of called dances! If you can walk, you can dance! A variety of beginners to vintage dancers will participate in this ball, all are welcome! In the twenty years that I have been hosting and attending balls, the Esmeralda Band is one of the best I have ever had the pleasure to present - they are simply wonderful. They are full time musicians with thoroughly researched the music presented for the evening. We offer light refreshments and cookies for our guests and a cash bar. You will meet many people from over the country and make new friends. You will enjoy dancing the night away at this friendly gathering! We look forward to meeting you in St. Louis!