Before you plan a reception that includes dinner, consider a wine and cheese wedding as a stylish, value-packed alternative. Similar to a cocktail reception, a wine and cheese reception has a relaxed but sophisticated feel that won't leave your guests wondering where the heck dinner is (who hasn't feasted upon so many delicious appetizers that the entree became unappealing anyway?). For the nitty gritty on how to throw one, click right here. —Lauren Matthews, editor
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