What to expect at a Masquerade Ball

11 Oct 2016

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 Common Questions about a Masked Ball

As the party season fast approaches and excitement mounts at the prospect of attending your very first masquerade ball, it’s likely you have a few questions about the format of the event and what to expect on the night.

Here at Just Posh Masks, we often get contacted by people who have brought one of our luxurious venetian masks, but are unsure of the etiquette around when to wear it on the night. When you walk into a prestigious event, you want to feel glamourous and confident, not unsure and constantly having to look around to check what everyone else is doing to ensure you’re in with the crowd.

At Just Posh Masks, we’ve enjoyed many masquerade balls. As the evening progresses, the format will vary from venue to venue, usually depending on whether the ball is being held in a hotel, manor, castle, local village hall or purpose built venue. That being said, there is a basic format which most will follow, which will give you a taster of what to expect on the big day.

We’ve put together some answers to the most common questions we get asked, to help you prepare to be the belle of the ball:

Basic format of a masquerade ball

  • It’s usual for guests to enter the venue wearing their masks, and to gather in a reception area where you’ll be greeted with drinks and canapes. There may be a photographer present to take pictures of the gathering guests as the excitement begins to mount.
  • Next, you will be moved by the host into the dining area where it’s usual to remove your mask and sit down for dinner. Expect a lavish banquet with 3 or maybe even 4 courses, which could be interspersed with some speeches.
  • If you’re attending a charity ball, then there is usually a fundraising raffle which will also be held whilst you’re seated for dinner.
  • Some masked balls have a best mask competition – so why not pull out all the stops with a Venetian mask from Just Posh Masks!

Once you’ve finished a delicious supper, it’s time to kick-back and have some serious fun! After dinner guests put their mask back on ready to dance the night away to the band or disco. This is your time to really revel in the decadence of a masquerade ball.

Common questions

Is it best to have the mask on a stick?

Whilst a mask on a stick may look glamourous, it is often not the most practical way to wear your mask, and around 95% of our sales are for masks WITHOUT a stick. Think of it this way – if you have your mask on a stick then you have to carry it at all times, so when you arrive at the ball or hit the dance floor the ladies are likely to also have a handbag, and the gentlemen may like to take your arm, leaving no free hands for a drink!

I wear glasses – what do you suggest?

If you wear glasses then we have a range of masks that attach to glasses frames designed to hook onto the frame or your glasses. However, if you’re not taken with any of these styles you could opt for a mask on a stick.


What type of events require you wear a mask?

They are many types of masked balls, or events that stipulate you wear a mask to attend. Some of the most common include a charity ball, and black tie event, a masquerade event on board a cruise ship, a prom night or sweet 16 party. We’ve seen a rise in the number of masquerade weddings, and seasonal holidays like Halloween lend themselves to the mystique of a masked ball.

Whatever the event you’re attending, you want to make sure you choose a mask which is comfortable, glamourous and perfectly complements your outfit. This way you’ll be sure to stand out from the crowd

Just remember, a masquerade event is fun, so relax and enjoy it

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By: Tracy Chandler

Tracy has been in the masquerade industry for over 15 years.

As an expert crafter, she spends her time sourcing, and buying, Posh Masks designs from the Venetian artisans in Venice, along with researching, and compiling, news, views, ideas, and advice on Venetian mask history and design, Commedia dell’arte characters and masks, the modern day masquerade party and the fancy dress world of Cosplay

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