Wedding Terminology Explained

While you are preparing your wedding, reading some references, you might come across some wedding terminology or wedding terms. So, to make everything easier for you, we compile wedding glossaries. 


Aisle Runner: Pieces of fabric tied together (or a long one) to create a walkway from the entrance to the altar.


Wedding terminology: boutonnière
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Bonbonniere: A  wedding terminology for wedding gift for the guests.

Boutonnière: An individual flower or bud worn or a little spray of flowers on the grooms’, groomsmen’s or parents’ lapel of a suit. 

Best man:  A role given to the closest men to the groom. It can be the best man’s family members or friends.

Bouquet: A  wedding terms for abunch of flowers held by the bride and bridesmaids. A bouquet can consist of uniformed or varied flowers.

Bouquet toss: It is a tradition from England. The bride would toss he bouquet and the single woman grabbing it is believed to be next to marry.

Bridesmaid: A role given to the closest women to the bride. 


Canape: A bite of sweet or savoury food served during cocktail hour or some laid-back wedding receptions. 

Corkage Fee: An additional charge applied by the venue for bringing your alcoholic drinks. It is commonly priced per person.

Corsage: A little spray of flowers worn on the wrist or the clothing mostly by family members.


Wedding Terminology: First Dance
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Feasting Style: A  wedding terminology for menu style of sharing plates or platters in the centre of the table. This family-style menu is for the guests to serve themselves. 

First Dance: The first dance of bride and groom as the opening of the dance. It symbolizes the unity of the couples.

First Look: A photo-taking before the ceremony capturing the bride and groom in their wedding attire seeing each other for the first time.


Head table: Or known as the bridal table. It is a large table where the bride, groom, bridesmaids, and groomsmen sit.


Mood Board: A wedding terms for an arrangement of images, materials, pieces of text to display a particular wedding style or concept. It is commonly made by planners.


Naked Cake: A wedding terminology for a style of cake with minimum frosting, displaying the actual look and texture of the cake. 


Wedding Terminology: Place Setting
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PAX: it refers to the number of persons

Palette: A range of colours that matches your wedding and will be featured on the wedding decorations and details.

Place Cards: Little cards with guest names on it to indicate the assigned seat. 

Place Setting:  A wedding terminology for the set of cutleries and wares set on the table of each designated seat.

Prelude: The music played before the wedding ceremony begins, while the guests are arriving.

Processional: The ceremony of the brides, grooms, parents, groomsmen and bridesmaid entering the wedding.


Recessional: The ceremony of the brides, grooms, parents, groomsmen and bridesmaid entering the wedding exiting the wedding. 


Sheet Cake: An extra cake served to the invitees for dessert with smaller or fake cake displayed for the cake cutting. 

Shot List: A wedding photo checklist for the photographer. 

Sweetheart Table: A wedding terminology for a small table for the bride and groom to sit during the reception in place of a bridal table. 


Wedding Terminology: Tablescape
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Tablescape: A way to describe the styling of your wedding table with centrepieces, table flowers and place setting. 

Do not put any extra stress to yourself. Our wedding terminology is to ease you in reading references for your wedding. Happy preparing!

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