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Teri Davis Newman


I can answer virtually any question pertaining to manners and etiquette. I am a wedding and party planner in St. Louis, Missouri and I do weddings and parties all over the country! My brides are my number one priority as I understand how important their wedding day is to them! Any questions about catering and cooking for large groups. This would include recipes, cooking techniques, what to serve, how to prevent food poisoning, food storage and food integrity. I have thousands of recipes that are scaled for large groups and gatherings and will be happy to share them! If you are in need of professional assistance for helping you to plan your wedding, party or corporate event, please feel free to contact me! I do a limited amount of weddings and parties every year in order to make sure that I have the best service for my clientele. Feel free to visit my business website at this address: WWW.EXQUISITEEVENTSUSA.COM for detailed information on what services I offer. I have price point weddings for every budget--no matter what size and I am very specific about what you get for your hard-earned money.

Experience in the area

I teach etiquette classes for children and adults in the St Louis area. Classes include Table Manners, Table Settings, Invitations, Thank you notes, Condolence Notes and Wedding etiquette for brides and guests.


I attended Charm School as a child in Palm Beach and am currently a corporate etiquette consultant for correct manners in the USA and Japan. I studied Japanese etiquette while living in Tokyo.

What do you like about this subject?

It's wonderful to promote the use of good manners and social graces. Excellent manners are the hallmark of the upper class and are the backbone of polite behavior.

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

I hope to plan a White House event to showcase my President and my country!

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

A bride's bouquet of fresh flowers came about in order to cover the smell of the bride back when people only bathed 1-2 times a year! (Ick!!!) By carrying a bouquet of sweet-smelling flowers, it was hoped that it would cover up the fact that the bride smelled bad!

Something controversial or provocative about this subject

I have elected not to be rated as I don't want to have future questioners hesitate to query me because someone may not have liked the answer I provided.

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Recent Answers from Teri Davis Newman

2016-09-20 awkward letter:

I would word it in such a way that you convey that you are sorry for her loss but not to imply that she should be grieving or not.  A friendly "I'm so sorry to hear of your loss, if there's anything I

2016-07-20 women:

If you really have to ask this question, then you are beyond what I or anyone can do for you. You are a hopeless cad with no redeeming social value and possibly borderline misogyny. You will spend your

2016-05-14 Non-Communicating Neighbor:

Just go ask her if the kitten still needs a home and if so, you are prepared to do that now, but not later.  She may have decided to keep the little guy, they are adorable after all, and might be embarrassed

2016-04-20 Grave Monument Name:

If your stepfather doesn't visit the grave (and it's highly unlikely that he does after 44 years) then there's no need to say anything to him.  Just have the monument changed and let it go at that, and

2016-01-16 Gravy boats:

For small home dinner parties you should have a 12-16 oz gravy boat as it can be refilled and they used to be smaller as the servants refilled them.  I was raised and taught to place the gravy ladle on


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