By Kawania H. Wooten CMP


True story.

Right after the bride and groom were introduced at last month’s wedding, a pain in my body literally brought me to my knees. The more the pain intensified (and it did), the more I knew I was going to have to leave the wedding before my work was complete for the day.

There was a challenge – I didn’t want to leave. As much as I believe that Howerton+Wooten Events is comprised of extremely capable and talented event professionals, my head kept telling me that no one understood our couple like I did.

I guess I am more of a control freak than I thought.  I’ve got a little work to do.

So, what did I take from this? Your team may be filled with awesome professionals. But, they don’t make a team if you don’t trust them to carry out the work.

Shame on me. Not only did my associate, Kate, take over the wedding, she rocked it. The wedding reception ran without a hitch. And, the bride and groom never noticed I was missing.

Fortunately, Kate had help.  Maria, the event director at the Meridien House stepped in and partnered with Kate while I was gone.  Maria reminded me that my team extended far past the confines of Howerton+Wooten Events.  Thank goodness for the both of them.

A few days later, one of Liene Steven’s blog posts came to mind. The post asked, “do you have a team or an entourage.”  After that Saturday night in the emergency room, I knew we not only had a professional team in place, we had vendor partners on our team to help us successfully take care of our couples.

So brides, what are your takeaways from my long, dramatic story?

1. When hiring your event vendors, be sure to ask about the size of their on-site team.  If the vendor only sends one person to your event, ask about their back-up policy.

2. Ask each of your event vendors WHO is on their on-site team.  Do their teams include one lead and a group of assistants?  Or, do they consist of individuals who know how to effectively care for your wedding day.

3. And, ask all of your vendors about their emergency plan.  Is anyone in place to take over if one of the on-site team members need to leave abruptly?  And, don’t let them tell you they would never leave — I learned the hard way that everything is not in our control.


Kawania Wooten is the principal consultant at Howerton+Wooten Events, LLC.  Known to her friends and family as Kay, she uses artistic skills, her keen attention to the smallest details and her strong commitment to customer service as the hallmark of her business.  As the founder of the company, Kawania strives for professionalism, creativity and impeccable organization within every function planned by Howerton+Wooten Events.