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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.



5 Things You Should Know About a BEO. Howerton+Wooten Events.

As you plan your event, you may be required to review and sign a banquet event order.  If you are unfamiliar with a banquet event order, check out my list of five (5) key things you should know when you receive one. 1. A Banquet Event Order (also known as a BEO) is a Binding […]

5 Things You Should Know About a Banquet Event Order


Earlier this fall, the editor of Bowie Life Magazine reached out to me to write an article on the status of Office Holiday Parties.  This meant a lot to me because I am very active in the Bowie, Maryland community — Plus, I was a mass media arts major in college so I was thrilled […]

Published in Bowie Life Magazine

Rainy Window. Howerton+Wooten Events

Did the June 29th derecho storm make you think long and hard about your own weather emergency plan?  Hopefully, all of us developed an emergency plan for our homes, but what about your wedding day? Here are some posts for developing an emergency plan while planning your wedding.  We hope you find them helpful. Force […]

A Weather Emergency Plan for Your Wedding Day


  When you hire a wedding vendor because that company’s services cost the least, here are some things you might get — 1. Slow Service.  To keep their expenses low, some wedding vendors trim the number of on-site staff.  How does this affect you?  Have you ever been to a wedding reception where the dinner […]

What You May Get with the Cheapest Wedding Vendor


A couple of years ago, I got a pricing inquiry from a bride. Her money was tight, so she wanted to know how much it would cost for me to show up at her wedding reception for a couple of hours on her wedding day. “Wha?!?  You want me to just show up for a […]

Monday Morning Thoughts: “How Much for One Rib?”


A Force Majeure (French for Superior Force) clause is a standard contract clause found in wedding venue and many wedding vendor contracts. 

Force Majeure


Always remember that you can utilize and enjoy the internet while you plan your wedding. But you should always be on guard of your privacy.

Minding Your Privacy


Last month, I had the pleasure of planning a VIP party for a Bride and Groom at the Pose Ultra Nightclub at the Gaylord National. While the party was in a VIP section of the nightclub, it wasn’t in a private room.  So my team and I pulled out a few tricks to make the party special […]

Ideas for Making a Semi-Private Area Your Own


Most of your professional wedding vendors will be prepared for emergencies, so you can expect them to have a back-up plan in place if any of they become unavailable — it’s a necessity. But, do you have a plan B for your wedding?

Do You Have a Plan B for Your Wedding?