Social Events Clothes maketh the man (and woman)
“Smart casual” means your tie gets the day off, and “black tie” means dinner jacket plus cummerbund and black bow-tie.
“White tie” on your ball invitation indicates a single-breasted morning suit worn with a waistcoat and a white bow-tie. Gentlemen of the world, never forget the golden rule: the lady knows best! The award for the Orden Wider den tierischen Ernst (the “Antidote to Serious” Medal), a night out at the theatre or university ball, the Krönungsfestmahl (Coronation Banquet) in Aachen’s historic City Hall or the Media Night in Soers offer wonderful opportunities to mingle in great spirits, well dressed, and enjoy the company of friends.
No need to fear, however: TV crews, society magazines and tabloids may always be keeping one eye on Aachen’s scientific community, but there’s no need to worry about TV cameras filming your every move (unless you want it, that is). For the scientific community, seeing and being seen is part of everyday life like business and all else.
The perfect setting for any event
But it doesn’t have to be dinner jacket or morning suit: Aachen also has places for the perfect party with no dress code at all: for example the Couven-Museum – often called Aachen’s “front room” – where, from time to time, the world’s most powerful individuals dine amid the décor of Aachen’s finest merchant classes past whilst awaiting the award of the city’s famous International Charlemagne Prize (Internationaler Karlspreis zu Aachen), and a venue which – if booked early – is available to anyone organising a stylish party. Also available are the ballroom of former Spa Baths building (Altes Kurhaus) and (very “in”) the Ludwig Forum amid modern art from the 20th and 21st centuries.
Any would-be host will never have to look far in Aachen for the right venue to give their friends, colleagues and business partners an evening to remember. Whatever the event, Aachen’s always got the perfect setting.
And for the après-party, how about a nightcap in one of Aachen’s “olde worlde” pubs? Tie or no tie, come as you are!
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