Here are some terms you may come across as you prepare for your big day or up coming special event, some you may read for the very first time. We hope you find these terms interesting and perhaps even informative.
Aisle Runner: a length of fabric, paper, or plastic, typically white and laid in the aisle to create a special pathway for a bride to walk upon, also known as a runner.
Antebellum Waistline: a Natural waistline that dips two inches to a point in the center front.
Attendant: a person who accompanies the bride or groom.
Arbor: a natural or man-made sheltering structure of trees, branches, vines or lattice-work
Arm Bouquet: a bouquet of bound flowers carried in the fold of the arm.
Ball Gown: a gown with an off-the-shoulder bodice accented by a natural waistline with a lavish, full skirt.
Bema/Bimah/Bima: a raised platform or dias in a synagogue.
Blusher Veil: a short veil, traditionally worn forward over the bride’s face during the wedding ceremony.
Boutonnière: a flower or cluster of flowers and/or foliage designed to be worn on the lapel.
Bonbonniere: a small, decorative container or package of candy or other treat given as a favor to guests attending the wedding.
Bow Tie: a short necktie tied in a bowknot. It may be worn with formal or semiformal wedding attire.
Bridal Consultation: a meeting between a bride and/or her representative and a wedding vendor, such as a florist.
Bunting: swags of fabric often in patriotic colors that may be hung as a festival decoration.
Butler Service: French service.
Canape: a hot or cold hors d’ oeuvre with a bread or cracker base.
Carnation Leis: flower garlands exchanged by a Hindu bride and groom symbolizing mutual respect for one another.
Cascade Bouquet: a wedding bouquet in which flowers are arranged to flow downward in a descending line below the main portion of the design.
Casual Attire: a relaxed, informal style of dress, suited for everyday wear.
Chiavari Chair: a decorative chair and accompanying cushion designed with a bamboo motif.
Chuppa/Huppah: a canopy or covering under which a Jewish ceremony takes place, symbolizing the nomadic tent of Israel and the new home that the couple will share.
Cloche: a close fitting hat.
Cocktail Party: an event at which only beverages and hors d’ oeuvres will be served.
Cornelli: icing piped onto a cake in a pattern resembling lace.
Corsage: a decorative floral accessory typically worn on a woman’s garment.
Croquembouche: a dessert presentation made from small cream puffs coated in caramelized sugar and then stacked in the shape of a pyramid. Fine stands of spun sugar are typically wrapped around it for added decoration.
Cufflink: a decorative fastener that takes the place of a button at the wrist, normally worn with a French Cuff shirt.
Cutaway Coat: Morning Coat.
Dias: a raised platform where the Bridal party and other honored guests are seated.
Dinner Jacket: a kaclet appropriate for formal or semiformal evening attire. It is sometimes referred to as a Tuxedo.
Donshiki: a traditional shirt worn by an African groom.
Double-Tired Vail: a veil with two layers, usually of different lengths, the shortest of which may be used as a blusher veil.
Dragees: small, hard, silver coated balls of sugar and/or small hemispheres of chocolate used to decorate a cake.
East: the sacred direction significant in that many American Indian wedding ceremonies are held outdoors facing east.
Formal Attire: an established, elegant custom of dress. E.g. Full Dress White Tie.
Gobo: a metal or glass template inserted into a focusable lighting fixture and used to define projected light patterns.
Guest-Book Table: a table near the entrance of an event where the guest book is placed.
Hand-tied Bouquet: an arrangement of floral and plant materials assembled using hand-tying techniques and designed to be carried. The stems may be wrapped, embellished or left natural.
Iro: a loose-fitting wrap skirt worn by a traditional African bride.
Madrina: a godmother or female sponsor who serves to support a couple being married both spiritually and financially and guides them through the wedding ceremony.
Personal Flowers: flowers designed to be worn or carried, such as bouquets, corsages and boutonnières.
Pew Marker: a decoration of flowers, foliage, ribbon, and/or fabric, designed to mark pews. Also known as pew bow, pew decoration, aisle decoration, and aisle marker.
Pocket Square: a square piece of silk, linen or other fabric that is worn in the left-hand breast pocket of a suit or tuxedo jacket.
Receiving Line: a line formed by the bride and groom, their parents and members of the bridal party to individually great guests at a wedding or reception.
Red: the traditional color worn by Chinese brides.
Sangeet: an evening or eating, drinking, dancing, singing and poetry reading on the night before an Indian or Pakistani wedding.
Semiformal Attire: a slightly less formal style of dress than Formal Attire; also known as Black Tie.
Shiromuku: a pure-white kimono worn by a Japanese Bride during the marriage ceremony.
Thali: a gold ornament worn around the neck of an Indian or Pakistani bride, symbolizing her married life.
Wrist Corsage: a cluster of flowers to be worn on the wrist.
Vivaaha: (Hindi) Wedding.