If a formal multicourse dinner in a stately ballroom is out of your budget, or just doesn't feel very you, scale back the pomp of a traditional reception and ramp up the good times with an elegant cocktail party instead.

While you can always go traditional with your dress, a cocktail party is a great opportunity to pick something fun and fashion-forward.

White dress with feather accents, price upon request, Marchesa

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