The (Small) Wedding Glossary

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Planning a wedding, whether it is your first time or you’ve had some experience, can (and will) get stressful. A stress you shouldn’t need to worry about? Wondering what words mean that are thrown around so easily in the wedding world that you might not have ever heard before.

This doesn’t even go over all the words, but it will at least get you started on learning the wedding lingo.

(Sidenote: I wrote this waaaay back when I started as an intern for Weddingbells magazine, no judging allowed on the words I didn’t know at the time!)


Bolero 

Image via: Shannon Jayne Miller Photography

Image via: Shannon Jayne Miller Photography

A word with two meanings but we aren’t referring to the Spanish dance. A bolero also refers to a short open jacket that can be worn over a wedding gown.

Bunting

Image via:  You Home Based Mom

Image via:  You Home Based Mom

A type of décor, usually hung on walls, made out of a lightweight material to look like flags. Sometimes even found on cakes, the back of limos and stationary.

 Bustle

Image via: Secret Diary of a Dressmaker

Image via: Secret Diary of a Dressmaker

A bustle refers to the way that the bride’s dress with a train is lifted off the ground, and it’s usually decorative too!  There are different ways of bustling your dress, the one pictured is an ‘overbustle.’

Canapé

Image via:  Blissful Basil

Image via:  Blissful Basil

Used in catering, this fancy word refers to any food being served that’s the bite sized.

Charger

Image via: Red Loft Studios

Image via: Red Loft Studios

No, this isn’t for your smartphone so you can capture the entire day.

In wedding terms, a charger is a large plate used under the dinner plate to bring colour and texture to the table.

Corkage

Image via:  Megan Clouse Photography

Image via:  Megan Clouse Photography

An important fee to look out for when planning; a charge made by a restaurant or hotel for serving wine that has been brought in by a customer.

Keep this in mind if you plan to make your own wine for the big day.

 Ecru 

Image via: Bryan Gardner Photography

Image via: Bryan Gardner Photography

A French word that means “raw” or “unbleached,” this natural beige hue has become a traditional colour for wedding stationary.

Escort Cards 

Image via:  Barrie Anne Photography

Image via:  Barrie Anne Photography

These can help your seating go a little bit smoother!

Escort cards are used to inform guests of which table they should be looking for in your reception area. Guest names and table numbers are displayed on the cards and this can help minimize confusion.

 

First-look Photo 

Image via: Maria Lamb Photography

Image via: Maria Lamb Photography

A set of shots that are done before your ceremony and captures the first time you and your about-to-be-spouse see each other all dressed up on your wedding day.

Nosegay 

Image via: Clary Photography

Image via: Clary Photography

A type of bouquet that’s round in shape and often smaller than other styles, it’s made using flowers all cut to the same length with usually a main colour and finished with being wrapped with a ribbon or silk.

Pomander 

Image via: Philippa Craddock Flowers

Image via: Philippa Craddock Flowers

A ball of flowers that is used as a decoration or an accessory and can be suspended from ribbons or hooks or even placed on top of vases.

Succulents 

Image via: Pinterest 

Image via: Pinterest 

While this can also be used to describe a tasty and juicy food, in wedding terms succulents are plants. These plants that vary in size are becoming more popular for bouquets and centrepieces.

(The fact I didn’t know what these were and now I collect them is very amusing)

Thermograph

Image via: Etsy

Image via: Etsy

A machine-printing process that uses heated powder to give print a raised look, which to an untrained eye looks exactly like engraved print…and costs far less! A great process to know if you’re hoping to save a few dollars in the stationary department.

Trunk Show

Image via: Pinterest 

Image via: Pinterest 

Still searching for the dream dress? These shows are a rare opportunity to see a specific designer’s entire new collection at a local bridal boutique.


Did I miss a term you’re completely clueless about? Tell me! I love learning more words of the wedding world. 

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