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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.




We love finding ways to add meaningful vintage stamps in our couples’ flat lay photos.

How to Incorporate Vintage Stamps Into Your Wedding Day Flatlay Photos


Do you love “flat lay” photos of the wedding invitation as much as we do? We are huge fans of flat lay photos, so we have created a checklist that you can use to ensure you have all of the props you need for your own flat lay photo.

A Checklist for Your Wedding Invitation “Flat Lay” Photo


Here’s some recommended wording you can use to tell your wedding guests you want them to be fully vaccinated (or have a negative PCR test) before they come to your wedding.

How to Tell Your Wedding Guests You Want Them to be Vaccinated


When your family members and friends arrive at your wedding ceremony, there will be so many fun and unique ways to make them feel special. But, your guests’ wedding experience should begin with your invitations (or better yet your save the dates) — So, here are five helpful tips for making your family members and friends […]

5 Helpful Tips for Making Your Guests Feel Welcome BEFORE Your Wedding Day Occurs

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

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

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

African American Groom and Ring Bearer. Howerton+Wooten Events.

With so many different dress codes out there, it can be difficult to know what to wear, even when the type of dress requested is stated on the invitation.  Listed below are some dress code terms along with our recommendations of what they actually mean. WHITE TIE. When the dress code calls for “White Tie” […]

Wedding Day Dress Codes De-Coded for Your Wedding Guests


  Are you thinking about hiring a professional calligrapher to address your wedding invitation envelopes?  If you are, we recommend getting on the calligrapher’s schedule before you order your wedding invitations.  In fact, consider getting on their schedule when you determine the style of your wedding invitations. Once they receive the invitation envelopes, some calligraphers […]

Event Planner Secret, Don’t Wait to Hire Your Calligrapher!