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


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Arrive in Style
After you wow everyone at the ceremony, keep your royal style rolling all the way to the reception entrance.
After you wow everyone at the ceremony, keep your royal style rolling all the way to the reception entrance.
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A limo may be the gold standard of transportation -- in price as well as prestige. Opt for an equally classy but less costly alternative. Owners of vintage autos are proud to show off their roadsters; an antique auto club might know someone who'll give you to a ride to the reception in exchange for a trip to the buffet table. You might check with the local horse set -- farms, trainers and riding clubs -- for a hobbyist carriage or buggy driver to deliver you for a minimal fee.

If the reception site is on the river or lakeshore, consider a water landing. Gondoliers still ply the waters off New York and California, and in unexpected "ports" like Omaha, Neb., and Stillwater, Minn. Even a pontoon boat festooned with flowers has a certain Greek-goddess appeal.

Next: creating a royal ambiance.