5 Tips to Get a Princess-worthy Reception on a Budget


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Find an Inexpensive 'Castle' to Host the Gala
Your reception is all about location, and the right one might seem absolutely regal for the right price.
Your reception is all about location, and the right one might seem absolutely regal for the right price.
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Actually, you don't need a whole castle, just a part of one for a few hours on the weekend. Better yet, a weekday, when rental fees are usually lower.

Try starting with your park district or state parks department. Tax-supported venues generally rent for less than private businesses. You don't need to settle for picnic shelters or campgrounds for a secluded atmosphere, either. How about an arts center, nature center or restored farm? You can rent part of a mansion or historic landmark -- the courtyard instead of the carriage house, say.

On the downside, these places may accommodate as few as 50 people. You might also have to choose a caterer from a "preferred professionals" list and purchase liability insurance.

Another option: If any family members or friends belong to a college or university club, they might be able to snag you a stylish setting at a member's rate.

Next: how to make an elegant entrance.