Going Bold in Red & Pink
I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter holiday last weekend — I know I sure did. Having that extra day off on Good Friday was great for my body, mind, and soul.
Now that it’s the beginning of April, it feels like wedding season is upon us. And I want to share a few wedding tips (and some common courtesies) I’ve learned over the years, as well as some of my favorite spring dresses that are perfect for any wedding guest.
For me, I’ve seen the light from both sides. In other words, I’ve been the wedding guest, I’ve been the bride, and I’ve been the wedding coordinator. So, for some of the traditional wedding etiquette, I personally feel like you can just throw that trash out the window, because it’s 2018. That being said, I’ve certainly witnessed some bad wedding faux pas. Therefore, I’ve compiled a list of my personal-modern-day etiquette tips that can be used if you’re a wedding guest — or tbh, just want to be a good human being.
1. If you can’t attend an event that you’re formally invited to, please do not assume that not RSVPing is the same as declining—cause it’s not. And please, for the love of all things good, don't RSVP at the last minute for an event that involves real planning. Confirming with your friends at 8:00 that you will meet up with them for drinks at a local pub in 15 minutes is fine by me. But for any wedding, or party for that matter, please RSVP by the date requested.
2. Go ahead and wear black! *Gasps* Wearing black to a wedding used to be a huge no-no, and was considered taboo, because black symbolized sorrow, death, and ill-will when a wedding was supposed to be a joyous occasion. Thankfully this rule has changed, and black is seen as classy and timeless — as it should be. So, unless the couple has specifically asked the guests not to wear black, then you’re in the clear. If you’re still a little worried about wearing black, just add pops of color with your favorite accessories. However, on the other end of the color spectrum, it is still a hard no on wearing white to a wedding other than your own (with the exception that the bride has asked you to wear white — remember, it’s her day).
3. Be mindful of your use of cameras and videos at events. Enjoy your time with friends and family in the present, and preserve only a memento for the future, rather than recording the entire thing to "relive" later in some "free" time that you’ll never actually have. I personally have the opposite problem of this (anyone else out there with me?), I must make a conscience effort to remember to take pictures. And more often than not, I end up just leaving my phone tucked away, forgetting I even have it. Talk about living life unplugged as a blogger — it’s tough. Then days or weeks later, I’m bummed I forgot to snap any pictures. Moral of the story: there’s definitely a happy medium of snapping 1 or 2 photos and then putting your phone away to be fully present in the moment.
4. Don’t ask the bride and groom “when are you going to have kids?” Actually, just don’t ask people and/or couples that in general (unless you’re really close with them). Not everyone wants kids. Not every man and/or woman can feasibly have kids. I know so many people struggling with infertility that asking this sort of question is rude and can completely diminish a man or woman's worth in just 7 words.
5. I might really date myself with this one but remember the dawn of social media… MySpace and the early years of Facebook? Remember finding that perfect profile picture and then having to awkwardly crop your friends out? Yes…? No…? Maybe that was just me. Well, you might have to revert back to your old ways (or if this is new to you, you’ll catch on quick). Say you’re at a wedding, and you are channeling your inner Beyoncé, but the bride looks… well… not her most flattering self. No matter how much you love a certain photo, do not post an unflattering pic of the couple — and out of common courtesy, don't post any unflattering pictures of anyone! The newlyweds want to remember every picture-perfect moment. As much as you may be feeling your look in that one snap, just keep it to yourself if you think they may not like it. OR if you honestly believe you will never get another lit AF glam shot as good as that one, go ahead and do the awkward early-00’s crop, and just crop it in so it only shows your flattering-queen-self. And really, this tip should extend for outside weddings as well, FYI.
Now, for the moment you’ve all been waiting for… lol.
This dress is one of my absolute favorites. It reminds me of spring flowers (like the vibrant colors you see on ranunculus). It’s got red. It’s got pink. To me it screams sexy and cute. Overall, it’s a bold, asymmetrical color-block beauty of a dress.
I have several occasions coming up this year where I knew I would need a few new dresses, and as I was shopping around, I came across this gorgeous number. This dress just called out to me. I love all the details of the dress: its bold nature, the sleeves, the longline slit, the red-pink color block, the plunging neckline, the silky soft material the dress is made from… basically everything about this dress. Because I’m the kinda girl who likes to push boundaries with my looks, and prefer items that bring a little punch, buying this beauty was a no-brainer.
Since the dress itself has so much character, I didn’t want to distract from it with my accessories. I kept it simple with red heels, a marble clutch, and marbled drop earrings.
If red and/or pink isn’t your color, I’ve found some other gorgeous spring dresses that would be ideal for any wedding guest, or perfect for any date night. You can shop my picks below. Find me on Instagram @HaleighBelle and drop me a comment telling me your favorite wedding tip! I would love to know your thoughts!
Photos taken by the one and only Madeline with Madeline Harper Photography.
I appreciate you taking the time to visit my blog! I hope it's full of beautiful inspiration and brings a little light-hearted joy to your life. Wishing all of you a beautiful day! I don’t say it enough, but I am so grateful for every single one of you. Thank you so much for following!
If you’re interested in shopping my picks, I’ve posted links below, or you can shop my lookbook here and here.
Find me on Instagram at: HaleighBelle
I would love to hear your thoughts!
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