8 Foolproof Ways To Make One Dress Work All Wedding Season

05/23/2013 02:38pm ET

Weddings are expensive—I know firsthand. (And I'm speaking from the guest perspective, because I'm decidedly not married.) The needlessly price-y gifts (I just bought someone $60 museum-quality salad tongs, WTF), the plane/train/cabs/rental car, the hotel (often, too often): by the the time you factor those things into your budget, there's usually no room to get the ridiculously amazing new party dress you envisioned the second you opened that fancy calligraphied save-the-date. It kind of sucks.