You can plan the best reception if you have access to unlimited funds but this task can become very tough if you have limited budget and you have to get everything done within that limited amount of money. Whether you are planning a wedding reception, some official event or some ceremony, planning a reception in a budget can be a tough job especially if you have not done it before. The best way to set a budget is to start planning before spending a penny; sit down and write decide how much you have in all and how much you want to spend and how. You can find many ways and means to make your reception a grand one without spending too much money on things that do not matter. Talk to event planners and caterers and you will see there are so many things that can be done on a budget. The first and the most important thing to do in this regard is to determine which things are a must have on which you need to spend and cancel the others that are not so important or will make a difference. Set your priorities as it will help you do the needful, avoiding all the unnecessary and unwanted things. You should have time in hand as having a reception in off-season can make a big difference in the rates especially when it comes to venue booking and catering. You must understand that there is a thin line between doing things on a budget and going cheap so make sure to work in such a way that the end result is great and you create some wonderful memories at the day end by planning your reception the best way.