The second hardest part was deciding what to wear—at least for me. My husband got away with a gray suit at both events. (Oh, womanhood! Oh, social expectations!) I didn't have the budget, desire, or storage space to buy new outfits, so I mixed and matched from what was already living in my closet.
My wardrobe is a forest of mostly thrifted treasures. Items span from designer vintage to mass-produced basics to oddities someone's grandma probably made in the '70s or '80s. Since I own so many distinctive pieces, my main challenge comes in styling new outfits that don't make it look like I only ever wear the same things. I know capitalism has tricked us into siding with the kind of fashion "wisdom" espoused by Betty of Archie Comics: Never wear the same dress twice. Well, guess what? It's going to happen, at least if you have a modest budget and dozens of big events every year. But with enough creativity, most people will never notice.
My solutions for both weddings were easy peasy. The best part? Not an itch all day.