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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.



Ruby Engagement Ring. Howerton+Wooten Events.

Did you just get engaged? Here are four (4) important steps you should take now to protect your engagement ring. ​​​​​​​​

Four Steps You Should Take to Protect Your Engagement Ring


Kawania Wooten’s advice is on the MunaLuchi blog for engaged couples. Topics: “Choosing the right planner,” and “a dream wedding within your budget”

Featured on MunaLuchi: “Expert Tips For Your Perfect Wedding Day”

Grey Wedding Ring Box for Engagement Ring

Did you know that the very first diamond engagement ring on record was given with a wedding proposal in 1477? This sparked a trend for diamond engagement rings, and 542 years later, many people continue to celebrate their unions with diamonds and other gemstones. It is engagement season, so the 2020 wedding inquiries from future […]

Did You Know When the First Wedding Proposal Ever Occurred?


If you don’t work in the world of events, the terms service charge and gratuity can seem like the same thing.  Here is the deal — they are definitely not the same thing.  And, confusing them could have a big affect on your wedding budget. A service charge is a mandatory and automatic (pre-determined) fee that […]

So, What’s the Difference between a Gratuity and a Service Charge?


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

Wedding Guests Dancing. Howerton+Wooten Events.

Music is one of the major aspects of a wedding day experience. If done well, it will be praised for years to come.  So, successfully working with a good wedding deejay is everything.  Here is a list of five of the most common mistakes couples make while working with deejays (and how to avoid them) […]

5 Mistakes Couples Make When Working with their Wedding Deejay

Couple Holding Hands. Howerton+Wooten Events.

You’ve probably heard that the most effective way to trim your wedding expenses is by trimming your overall guest list. So, how do you do that when you are unsure of who gets to bring a guest to your wedding and who doesn’t? Our rule of thumb is that the wedding guest and his/her “plus […]

How to Determine “Plus Ones” for Your Wedding

Samuel Riggs Alumni Center. Howerton+Wooten Events.

With engagement season in full swing, the search for the perfect wedding venue begins! Instead of wearing yourself out by driving all over town, you may want to start with some preliminary phone calls or e-mails to your preferred wedding venues to see if they are a good fit. Here are six quick questions you […]

6 Quick Questions to Ask When Checking Wedding Venue Availability (reprise)

Bride and Groom Enters Their Washington DC Reception. Howerton+Wooten Events.

Your guest list and your budget are going to be the foundations of your wedding planning, so we have two downloads for you! Wedding Budget Worksheet ($5.99US). Before you determine your wedding guest list, you should get a sense of your financial comfort zone first. Here’s a very detailed excel spreadsheet that you can use to […]

For the Newly Engaged. (Download) A Guest List Template and a Budget Worksheet Template