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Ask the Patch Pro: Wedding Planning on a Budget

Patch is teaming up with Susie Stegemann, owner of Stegton Regency Banquet Center for 30 years, who will take questions about event planning with a limited budget on Wednesday.

It's time for another edition of Ask the Patch Pro, where each week readers get to interact with professionals by asking questions on a wide variety of topics. Our team of experts stop in to help you out and answer your questions.

This week, we've teamed up with Susie Stegemann, owner of Stegton Regency Banquet Center for 30 years, who will take questions about planning an event on a limited budget.

Stegemann has worked in the event planning industry for 30 years and says she’s worked with couples who have every kind of budget. She said in the last several years brides have been inspired by tv shows that feature weddings and come in with ideas that don’t match the money they have available to spend.

In those cases, Stegemann says she offers advice for making their budget match their vision, and sometimes being more realistic about what’s possible.

Stegemann will answer reader questions in the comment section of this article on Wednesday, Sept. 4

Have a question about about planning a wedding or event on a budget? Ask in the comments below. Stegemann will weigh in on Wednesday.
Kalen Ponche September 03, 2013 at 04:52 PM
What kind of ideas do you have for decorating a space like a banquet center on a limited budget? How can you transform that type of space into something that feels special and magical? Are there any "cheap tricks" you can recommend?
susi stegemann September 03, 2013 at 05:21 PM
Lighting can make everything magical, Kalen. Even just some directional lighting with the new LED lights can accent the walls, ceiling and tables. Those lights can break up a bland and (what shall I do with you Wall). A bolt of Toulle from the fabric store draped hither and fro can bring down the ceiling and soften the look turning from basic to that WOW look.
carol September 04, 2013 at 03:22 PM
Be aware that many weddings are held at Mudd's Grove, the civil war era hsitoric home in Kirkwood, Mo. owned and operated by the Kirkwood Historical Society. See their website for more information. A beautiful gazabo in beautifully landscaped yard is a popular wedding site.

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