It’s been an unprecedented ten days since my last little article brain dump of wedding mania. We are officially in summer, and that means it’s wedding season. How many of you have more than one nuptial event to attend this summer? And how many of you look at your calendars and pretty much see all your Saturday’s already booked through September?

Much as I love to spend a Saturday witnessing the official, tax-beneficial joining of two lives, you can have too much of a good thing. With that in mind, I decided to whip together a little guide to avoid wedding fatigue.

Be kind to your feet.

It’s summer, ladies! Whether you’ll be spending your Saturday nights under the summer sky or the grand ceiling of a ballroom, invest in a good pair of shoes. One pair is enough! Look for something neutral colored: anything from nude or cream to gold or silver. Opt for a lower heel if you can, to spare yourself any foot ailments.

Remember the cardinal rule: do not remove your shoes*! Wear flats if you must. No flip-flops, but a pair of neutral flats is acceptable.

*the only exception being if the reception is on a grassy lawn, and is quite casual.

Don’t Break the Bank

Worried about wearing the same dress to too many weddings? Relax, take a deep breath. You can change up your look without breaking the bank.

Option 1
Invest in one or two neutral, wear-again outfits. Use the season as an excuse to get yourself a new Little Black Dress, if necessary. Or consider something understated.

Solidly colored dresses will make it easier to draw attention to your hair, jewelry or anything else you want to do to change up the look. Absolutely get yourself some cheap jewelry: hit up Forever21, Marshalls and H&M for some easy statement pieces. Mix and match them with your outfits, change up your hairstyles; just like magazines say, your accessories can completely change your look.

Option 2
If you only have two or three weddings to attend this summer, maybe you don’t want to even invest in a new dress. Save that money for your next vacation and borrow something from a friend. Or check out renttherunway.com – there are plenty of dresses available (for rent!) for under $75. We’re talking designer pieces for a steal: you can get your dress in two sizes to ensure optimal fit, and they arrive in gorgeous condition – seriously, they look (and smell) like new. I’ve used this option myself several times now, and I highly recommend them.

You can also rent bags and jewelry from them too!

Rent the Runway

Change Up Your Dates

There’s no rule that says you have to drag your S.O. to every wedding. Why not take along some friends (assuming you have the +1 option… never bring a date who is not expected!). Call up your college girlfriend that you’ve been meaning to see, take your sister, brother, your fun-loving new neighbor. Changing up your companions can keep you from wedding deja vu.

See the Sights

If you’re heading out of town for the weekend’s festivities, do try to make a little mini-vacation out of it. Do your research ahead of time, see what there is to do and see in the area.

Don’t get Blitzed, but Have Fun

Enjoy the bar and the free dinner wine, but keep your level of inebriation under control. Remember to drink plenty of water, eat something and you’ll be fine. By all means, have a good time, but try to avoid a hangover on Sunday morning, mkay? You don’t want people talking about you the next day.