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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.




Media outlets are reporting that Prince Charles is going to walk Meghan Markle down the aisle of the Royal Wedding since her father could no longer do so.  Reporters are saying that he will walk her down the aisle for 1/2 of the walk, then she will walk down the remainder of the aisle alone. […]

Our One Tip for Meghan Markle as She Walks Down the Aisle

Bride and Groom Standing Under an Umbrella. Howerton+Wooten Events.

Years ago, I watched a news story on the Today Show about a couple who made their final payment to their wedding venue ten days prior to their wedding day. And, 11 minutes after they made their final payment (in cash), the venue informed the couple that they needed to close their doors indefinitely and they […]

5 Steps You Can Take to Protect Your Wedding Day

Bride and Groom in Washington DC. Howerton+Wooten Events.

Agreeing to marry your soulmate naturally evokes happiness.  But, how do you keep the happiness going? Many say it takes work. We say it’s in the little details of the daily habits couples practice to influence their happiness throughout their wedding engagement. Check out the six “super habits” that we believe make a difference — 1. […]

6 Powerful Habits of Incredibly Happy Engaged Couples

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)

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?


Bridal Show season is in upon us! If you are planning your wedding this year, bridal shows can be a valuable resource for ideas, vendor shopping, fashion shows, and cake tastings! If you are planning to attend a bridal show, set up a strategy beforehand to optimize your time on-site. Prior to the Bridal Show […]

For the Newly Engaged. Tips for Mastering a Bridal Show

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

Washingtonian Bride & Groom Best Wedding Vendor 2018. Howerton+Wooten Events

Happy New Year Friends! We are incredibly humbled to be included in the next issue of “Washingtonian Bride & Groom” magazine as one of their best wedding vendors for wedding planning.  Wahoo! The DC metropolitan area is jam packed with professional wedding planners, so we definitely don’t take this honor lightly. And, I know there would be […]

“Washingtonian Bride & Groom” Best Wedding Vendor 2018

Shaune Hayes Make-Up Artist. Howerton+Wooten Events.

Are you meeting with wedding vendors and wondering what is okay to ask and not to ask? Here are six of the most common questions we get from our couples when it comes to vendor consultations — 1. Is It Okay to Ask for a Discount? Of course! Some wedding vendors may offer a 5% […]

What’s Okay (and What’s Not Okay) When Consulting With Wedding Vendors