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What to Expect at a Fraternity Formal: The 5 Stages

Updated: Nov 8, 2022

The fraternity formal is a time-honored tradition that is a key part of the fraternity experience. For many brothers, the formal is the highlight of their time in the fraternity. It is a chance to dress up, have a great time with their brothers, and meet some amazing women.

However, the formal can also be a bit overwhelming, especially for new members. There are a lot of things to keep track of, from what to wear to how to behave. To help you navigate the formal, we've put together a comprehensive guide.

Here are the five stages of the fraternity formal, from start to finish:

1. The Preparation

As the date of the formal approaches, you will need to start thinking about what you're going to wear. This can be a challenge, as you want to look your best but also be comfortable. A good rule of thumb is to go for something that is semi-formal, like a collared shirt and dress pants.

You will also need to get your date's dress or outfit sorted out. If you're not sure what to get her, ask one of your brothers or her friends for help.

2. The Arrival

When you and your date arrive at the formal, you will check in with the brothers who are running the event. They will give you your name tags and show you to your table.

Once you're seated, take a moment to relax and enjoy the atmosphere. The formal is a great opportunity to catch up with your brothers and meet new people.

3. The Dinner

Once you're seated, the dinner will begin. You and your date will enjoy a meal together, as well as some time to chat and get to know each other better.

During the dinner, there will be a few speeches from fraternity leaders. These speeches are usually about the importance of brotherhood and the upcoming year.

After the speeches, the dancing will begin. You and your date can hit the dance floor and enjoy the music together.

4. The Afterparty

After the formal, the party will continue at a local bar or club. This is where things really start to get wild.

You and your date can drink and dance the night away. Just be sure to stay safe and don't drink too much.

5. The Hangover

The next morning, you'll probably wake up with a pounding headache. This is normal. Just drink lots of water and take it easy for the rest of the day.

The fraternity formal is a great way to meet new people and have a good time. Just be sure to stay safe and enjoy yourself.


Attending a fraternity formal can be a great experience if you are prepared for what to expect. The key is to do your research ahead of time so that you know what to expect in terms of dress code, behavior, and overall atmosphere. With a little planning and preparation, you can have a great time at your next fraternity formal.

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