Apafell Ball

The Apafell Ball is a huge and ornate event that takes place every spring. The ball will always start at 7:00 pm and end at 3:00 am, no matter what day it is held on. The ball is held at the Riquotsa Ballroom. It is an upper-class event1, designed as a kind of “coming out" of young girls.

Girls may attend as early as the age of 10, they are unavailable for betrothal until 14, and must wait until they are 17 to marry. Because of this, the dress codes are very strict. The dress codes are as follows:

  • A girl of 14-16 that is unbetrothed wears orange blossoms in her hair and must wear a pale blue or purple dress
  • A girl of 17 or older who is unbetrothed, but not yet available for marriage (such as having an older sister who is not yet married) wears white apple blossoms in her hair and must wear a pale green or yellow
  • A girl of 17 or older that is available for marriage wears cherry blossoms in her hair and must wear a pale pink dress
  • A girl of any age younger than 14 must wear a white dress, and may only wear a single sunflower in their hair
  • Any girl who is betrothed, engaged, or married must not wear a flower in their hair and may wear a medium-dark pink, blue, or green dress
  • Older women (anyone over 25) may wear any dark color they choose
  • Men and boys must wear black suits.
  • Boys follow the girl's dress code for gown colors with roses, an unbetrothed 14-16 year old wearing a purple rose, unbetrothed 17 year with a pink rose, boys younger than 14 wearing a white rose, and a betrothed, engaged, or married boy wearing a red rose

The ball is a very controlled environment, two young ones only being introduced through parents or a common acquaintance, as to uphold the Blood Laws.

Because of the timing of the ball, many engagements are announced some time in early summer, and marriages are often held in early spring the next year, before the next ball.

Though ball attendance is purely by choice, most young girls of upper class families look forward to the event and are quite eager to attend.2 After all, the ball is intended to give the girl some choice in who she is betrothed to, rather than simply being betrothed to a boy her father chooses.

The Apafell Ball is considered one of the biggest social events of the year, second only to the New Year's Masquerade.

~Messera Annabella Marqueth

1 It is often debated, but it is commonly believed that anyone who could mix and mingle with the high society and afford the dress code would be allowed to attend
2 It is common for parents to force girls into going to the ball if they refuse, however.

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