Wedding Glossary Terms

Wedding Glossary Terms

Applique- This is a term while dress shopping. Appliques are pieces of lace or other fabric creating a textured 3D effect.

Black Tie- A Black Tie affair will be indicated on the invitation. A typical Black Tie will take place after 6pm and men dress in tuxedos and women wear formal cocktail dresses or long, formal, evening gowns for the affair.

Black Tie Optional- Black Tie Optional means dressing slightly more casual, as in men wear suits and women can choose between long or short gowns.

Bustle- A tailoring trick, including loops, buttons or ribbons used to pull up and hold the train for easier movement.

Chuppah- A structure consisting of a cloth canopy and four poles used in Jewish wedding ceremonies.

Destination Wedding- A great way to share a favorite place with your guests. Any location that you or your guests will book a hotel at the end of the night. Usually ranging from an hour or two away to a different state or country.

Escort Cards- Cards placed at the entrance of the reception, directing a guest to their assigned table. A single sign with information is also an option to direct guests.

First Look- A chance for you and your significant other to discover your big-day attire and spend time together before the ceremony.

First Look Wedding Photo

Fondant- An edible sugary dough used to give cakes a smooth and sleek exterior.

Golden Hour- A favorite time for photographs is just before sunset according to photographers. The soft lighting is perfect for post-ceremony portraits.

Head Table- This table is larger and reserved for the wedding party including the Bride and groom, and/or their families.

Sweetheart Table- A small table that accommodates the bride and groom only.

In-House Catering- This type of catering is food and beverage handled by the venue versus an outside catering vendor.
Invitation Suite- An invitation suite is everything the guest needs to know about your wedding. This package usually includes a save the date, invitation, and RSVP Card, most times also feature directions to the wedding and reception venue.

Open Bar- A full bar including beer, wine, and liquor is offered to guests. This is the most expensive option to serve liquor, so other budget creativity is welcomed.

Place card- A card with the guest’s name telling them exactly where to sit after arriving at their specific table.

Guest Table Place Cards

Plus One- A plus one give the wedding guest the opportunity to invite a date or another person.

Queen Ann Neckline- A neckline flattering the face. This neckline is supporte3d by a high back with sleeves, showing off the collarbone, a beautiful compromise showing a modest amount of skin.

Rehearsal Dinner- A pre-wedding event taking place after the wedding rehearsal. This dinner includes the wedding couple along with their wedding party, and immediate members of their families. The guest list for this dinner is not closed and the couple often invite other guests too.

Recessional- The music played at the couple’s final exit.

Trial- A chance to visualize your wedding day look. Common trials include hair and makeup, or florists. Often other vendors will offer glances into their services also.

Vendor- A wedding professional who provides a service or product to someone hosting a wedding, such as music DJs, florist, photographer, and make-up/hair stylists.

Yichud (Jewish)- A secluded time the wedding couple spends together immediately following the ceremony. A time to reflect on their upcoming life together, etc., just before joining the guests for the reception and a time to celebrate.

Walk Through- A venue tour. There are two types of walk-throughs; the first is to tour the venue, ask questions before signing a contract, and reserve a date. Before the wedding day, the other tour is an opportunity to fine-tune your space and vision for the day.

Wedding Planner- An individual who coordinates your wedding from start to finish, such as RCA. This individual professionally plans your wedding from pre-planning to running the show on your day.

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