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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.



Black and White Damask Linen. Howerton+Wooten Events.

Over the years as a wedding planner, I can honestly say that I have gotten used to the “look” in my couple’s eyes when I recommend a linen style to them.  It’s a combination of fear mixed with “has she lost her mind!”  I can’t help but chuckle a little (on the inside) when I […]

Take a Chance on Bold Linen Styles for Your Wedding Reception

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

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)


Happy Wedding Wednesday Friends! Today, I am showing off the wedding of our incredibly sweet and kind couple, Ashley and Andrew.  This sweet couple got married at the Fairmont Hotel, located on the cusp of Georgetown in Washington, DC. Ashley wore a gorgeous, lace ballgown from the Love Couture Bridal Salon, located in Potomac, Maryland.  Her […]

Wedding Day Love for Ashley and Andrew

5 Tips for Dealing with Wedding Planning Disappointment. Howerton+Wooten Events.

With so many wedding planning details on your plate, it is very easy to become disappointed or overwhelmed when something doesn’t go as planned or when someone lets you down. If you are not careful, these disappointments can even derail your wedding day happiness.  So, here are five tips to help you cope when everything […]

Five Tips for Dealing with Wedding Planning Disappointment

Hotel Lobby. Howerton+Wooten Events.

If you are planning to get married at a hotel, here are some terms worth knowing before you sign a contract — Staffing — Catering Manager. This staff member works with the chef or catering representative to plan and organize all of the F&B (see below) for your wedding and/or event. Bellman (or the Porter […]

17 Terms to Know When Planning Your Wedding at a Hotel

Little Wedding Expenses That Can Wreak Havoc on Your Budget. Howerton+Wooten Events.

When most people think of a couple’s wedding budget, we think of the usual items — catering, wedding cake and the flowers. But, there are few wedding expenses that are typically forgotten — And, when these forgotten expenses add up, they can have a big impact on your overall wedding budget. This blog post originally […]

Throwback Thursday Post. Little Wedding Expenses That Can Wreak Havoc on Your Budget.

10 Terms to Know When Shopping for a Wedding Gown. Howerton+Wooten Events.

  Are you planning to start shopping for your wedding gown? I bet you have heard advice phrases like, “Have Fun” or “Keep an Open Mind.” Of course, this is great advice, but the key to enjoying your shopping experience is being informed. Educated brides not only feel confident about their purchases, they feel confident […]

10 Terms to Know When Shopping for Your Wedding Gown

Macarons vs. Macaroons. Howerton+Wooten Events.

Okay, I can’t take it anymore. Macarons and Macaroons are not the same thing! I can see how one could easily confuse the two — Their names are spelled very similar; they both got their start in Italy; and the recipe for both cookies start off with a base of egg whites and sugar.  But, that […]

Is it Macarons or Macaroons?