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Welcome to our wedding & event planning blog! We offer valuable advice and inspiration for planning your wedding or event with heart and with soul. Welcome to our wedding & event planning blog! We offer valuable advice and inspiration for planning your wedding or event with heart and with soul.



African American Wedding Party. Gaylord National Harbor. Howerton+Wooten Events.

Wedding day timelines can be confusing and overwhelming if you have never created one before —even if you are a “career bridesmaid,” you probably paid little attention to the length of time it takes for a ceremony or dinner service. And, I swear that every couple believes they need 4+ hours for dancing, and that […]

5 Key Things to Know When Creating a Wedding Day Timeline

Indian Bride and Groom Holding Hands. Howerton+Wooten Events.

Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor:.  If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But, how can one keep warm […]

A Spiritual Ceremony Reading, “Two Are Better Than One”


Happy Wedding Wednesday Friends! Today, I am showing off the wedding of our incredibly sweet and kind couple, Ashley and Andrew.  This sweet couple got married at the Fairmont Hotel, located on the cusp of Georgetown in Washington, DC. Ashley wore a gorgeous, lace ballgown from the Love Couture Bridal Salon, located in Potomac, Maryland.  Her […]

Wedding Day Love for Ashley and Andrew

Estate Table. Kings Table. Baltimore, Maryland. Howerton+Wooten Events.

Hi there!  Have you ever worked on a floor plan for a wedding reception and wondered if you have enough space to accommodate everyone?  We’ve all been there!  Here are 5 key things I believe you need to know when creating a floor plan for your wedding reception. 1. Rooms Set with Round Tables Need […]

5 Key Things to Know When Creating a Floor Plan for Your Wedding Reception


Every now and then, someone will ask me about the difference between an escort card and a place card (and when should they use them).  If you are not in the wedding industry, it can be confusing — I must confess that I never heard of the word, “escort card” before I began working in […]

Escort Cards, Place Cards and Seating Charts. What’s the Difference?


  “Yes, I’ll Marry You My Dear,” by Pam Ayres Yes, I’ll marry you, my dear. And here’s the reason why. So I can push you out of bed When the baby starts to cry. And if we hear a knocking And it’s creepy and it’s late, I hand you the torch you see, And […]

Fun Ceremony Reading, “Yes I’ll Marry You My Dear”


Hope is the thing with feathers by Emily Dickinson   Hope is the thing with feathers That perches in the soul, And sings the tune without the words, And never stops at all, And sweetest in the gale is heard; And sore must be the storm That could abash the little bird That kept so […]

Ceremony Reading, “Hope is the Thing With Feathers”

Couple in Central Park. Howerton+Wooten Events.

Rain has drops Sun has shine Moon has beams that make you mine Rivers have banks Sands for shores Hearts have heartbeats that make me yours Needles have eyes Though pins may prick Elmer has glue to make things stick Winter has Spring Stockings feet Pepper has mint to make it sweet Teachers have lessons […]

A Lovely Ceremony Reading, “And, I Have You,” by Nikki Giovanni

Hotel Lobby. Howerton+Wooten Events.

If you are planning to get married at a hotel, here are some terms worth knowing before you sign a contract — Staffing — Catering Manager. This staff member works with the chef or catering representative to plan and organize all of the F&B (see below) for your wedding and/or event. Bellman (or the Porter […]

17 Terms to Know When Planning Your Wedding at a Hotel