It's time to dust off your fascinators and sort out your formal outfits; that's right, it's wedding season. Even if you aren't getting married this year, the chances are you'll be heading off for at least one wedding over the next few months, while some people may be going to several.
Weddings are great fun, allowing you to be involved with one of the most special days of a loved one's life, as well as giving a chance to eat, drink and be merry. However, having more than one to attend brings with it a number of issues.
As well as cost – which you can cut down with our handy tips here – you've got a whole host of other arrangements to make. This can leave you tired, broke, and hoping you don't get another wedding invitation in the post.
But you don't have to feel like this, as there are several ways you can survive several weddings this season, protect your bank account and have fun at every single one of them. Follow our top tips and you'll be wondering why you were so worried.
Despite what you might think, you don't have to go to every wedding you're invited to. If you can't get time off, can't travel or don't really know the person that well, it is perfectly fine to decline the invite.
It is still customary to send a card and a gift – it can be something very small as you aren't attending – but you shouldn't feel guilty about not going.
If you are invited to two weddings on the same day, you should weigh up who you know better, as well as issues like where you can stay or how you can get there. Of course, you don't have to go to either, the choice is entirely yours.
If your invite says plus one, take a plus one. This can be a friend or partner, it doesn't matter. The important thing is you'll have someone to sit with and talk to throughout the day, which can make weddings where you don't know many people a lot more bearable.
As well as having someone to spend the day with, it also means you'll be able to split responsibilities, making both your lives a lot easier. One person can bring the camera, while the other brings the tissues, for example.
This means you can stick to your attractive clutch bag rather than taking a huge handbag with you, saving you from carrying it around all day.
Plan your outfits
You might think that you can get away with wearing the same outfit to every wedding, but sadly, it doesn't really work like this. As well as the fact that some people will be attending all the same weddings as you, you also have photos on social media to contend with.
With this in mind, you can get away with having two or three outfits that you can wear to all your weddings this season. Alternating outfits keeps them fresh and also makes sure all your Facebook photos don't merge.
You can also use the same accessories and wear the same shoes, making life a lot easier and cheaper.
If you're going to shell out on single pair of shoes to wear to all the weddings, make sure they're comfortable. Platform stilettos may look good, but weddings tend to mean long days, so your feet will soon end up feeling tortured.
For those that don't want to forgo their heels, flat shoes hidden in your bag are your best friend. Trust us, you'll be thankful for this when the time comes. They'll give your feet a break, save you having to go barefoot and will reduce pain if you have several weddings in quick succession.
You should also make sure any shoes are broken in fully before popping them on for a wedding.
Get a good breakfast
Not only are weddings long days, they can also come with long periods of waiting around, not to mention a lot of time in between food service. With this in mind, it is a good idea to ensure you have a good breakfast.
Ensuring you are set up for the day will make waiting for dinner less painful and makes sure any alcohol doesn't go straight to your head and leave you feeling worse for wear early in the day.
Factor in the day after
Most people focus on the day of the wedding, especially when it comes to booking time off work. However, you should aim to factor in the next day too. Think about when it will be realistic for travel and even book that day off too.
Weddings take a lot of you, even if you're only a guest. They come with heightened emotions, long hours and a cheeky tipple or two. All of these factors can leave you feeling a bit worse for wear.
Giving yourself a day to get over the wedding on the night before can make all the difference and ensure you don't dread the next one.