05/15/2014 04:39 pm ET Updated Jul 15, 2014

The Single Gal's Guide to Wedding Season

Memorial Day may be the unofficial start of summer, but it's also the official start of wedding season. Between the last weekend in May through October many of us 20- and 30-somethings will be attending at least a handful of "fairytale" weddings. And if you don't have a permanent +1 in your life, your blissfully happy friends may not have the budget or the headcount to allow you to bring a date, leaving you at the dreadful singles table.

But fear not! Being a single lady at a wedding is no longer an opportunity to answer embarrassing questions from nosy relatives of the couple, such as: So when will it be your turn? Nor will you have to act like a football player, diving across the dance floor to catch a bouquet for dating luck.

It's time to embrace your just-for-you wedding invitation and have a blast on someone else's dime. Here's my easy-to-follow guide for how to have the time of your life as an unattached wedding guest:

The Single Gal's Guide to Wedding Season