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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.




Hey there! Have the following questions ever crossed your mind? “How Much Should I Tip My Wedding Vendors?” “Which Wedding Vendors Should I Tip?” “What is the difference between a Gratuity and a Service Charge?” Well you are not alone!  Questions surrounding wedding vendor gratuities are probably some of the most common questions we receive […]

Answers To Your Questions About Wedding Vendor Gratuities

Washington DC Wedding Invitation. Howerton+Wooten Events.

Every now and then, couples will ask me if it is okay to send an electronic wedding invitation instead of a paper invitation.  While I think electronic notices are okay for save-the-dates, I think that paper invitations still rule when it comes for your wedding.  Here’s why — 1. Your invitation sets the tone for […]

3 Reasons Why Paper Invitations Still Rule for Weddings

Watercolor Wedding Program. Howerton+Wooten Events.

“Do I really need wedding programs?”  Couples ask me this question all of the time.  And, that question is usually followed by the statement, “People are just going to throw them away!” My answer is always, “Yes and No.” Yes. You need a wedding program if your ceremony includes traditions unique to your religion and/or culture.  […]

Do You Really Need a Wedding Program?


As you start the process of hiring a make-up artist for your wedding, you may have some concerning questions you need to address — “What will I look like when s/he is finished?” “Am I making the right decision?” “How much is all of this going to cost me?” Before you get started the process […]

5 Key Points to Consider Before You Reach Out to a Professional Make-Up Artist

Grooms at Wedding Day Sparkler Exit. Howerton+Wooten Events.

  One of the most popular ways for couples to depart their wedding reception is the sparkler exit. And, I completely understand the popularity of the sparkler exit — It’s romantic; it’s fun; and it’s full of drama. We wedding professionals love them too because they make for great wedding pictures. But, before you agree […]

5 Key Things to Know When Planning a Wedding Sparkler Exit

Same Sex Wedding Victory. Howerton+Wooten Events.

Good morning friends!  Today, we are showing some blog love for the wedding day of our Washington DC wedding couple, Chris and Scott!   Chris and Scott’s wedding took place at the historic Meridian House in Washington, DC.  Their ceremony took place in the venue’s beautiful garden, and when the sun went down, guests danced […]

Wedding Day Love for Chris and Scott


  Pinning on a boutonniere may look tricky, but it is a lot easier than you think — Check out the tutorial I created years ago to ensure you don’t stab anyone or pop of the head of the flower! Good luck! Love & Soul Always, Kay

Throwback Thursday Post. (Video Tutorial) How to Pin on a Boutonniere

Bride and Groom walking down the aisle. Howerton+Wooten Events.

We are thrilled to announce that Lauren and Manny’s wedding is featured on the Washingtonian Bride & Groom blog today! A soft color palette of blush, champagne and grey created a timeless look that was perfect for this traditional Washington DC wedding! What a beautiful day! Love & Soul Always, Kay Photos by Deb Lindsey Photography

Washingtonian Bride & Groom: Lauren and Manny are Featured Today!