Are you overwhelmed by all the new terminology being thrown your way as you plan your wedding? Wedding blogs and magazines are filled with vocabulary that can be difficult to understand. Luckily, eInvite is here to help. Talk the bridal talk like a pro with the help of our beginner’s guide to wedding terms. We rounded up some of the top terms to know while coordinating your stationery, wedding party, food, gown silhouette, and ceremony music. Keep reading to learn more!
General Wedding Terms You Need to Know
Bridal talk can be confusing, but our guide to wedding terms will give you a head start on the details of your big day.
- Digital printing: A printing technique that uses tiny dots to form text and images.
- Embossing: A printing process that uses two die to raise letters and images on the paper’s surface.
- Foil Stamping: A technique in which a copper plate is used to push gold, silver, or colored metallic foil into the paper to make an impression.
- Lithography: Also called flat printing, a process that involved a stamp-like instrument that prints the words and images once the ink is premixed.
- RSVP card: Derives from the French phase, “Respondez, s’il vous plait,” asking guests to let the couple know if they can attend the wedding.
- Save the Date: Announcement of an upcoming wedding date, not a formal invitation.
- Screen printing: A process that involved a mesh stencil being pressed against material. Ink is then pressed through the porous mesh into the material with a roller.
- Thank you note: Letter that thanks the wedding guest for a gift and attendance.
- Thermography: A machine-printing process that uses heated powder to give print a raised look.
Wedding Party Terms:
- Best Man: The title of the chief groomsman.
- Bride: A woman on her wedding day or just before and after the event.
- Bridesmaid: The title of a girl or woman who accompanies the bride on her wedding day.
- Flower Girl: The title of a young girl who carries or scatters flowers in front of the bride at the ceremony.
- Groom: A man on his wedding day or just before and after the event.
- Groomsman: The title of a male friend who accompanies the groom on his wedding day.
- Maid of Honor: The title of the chief bridesmaid when she is unmarried.
- Matron of Honor: The title of the chief bridesmaid when she is married.
- Officiant: The title of a person who performs a religious or secular wedding ceremony.
- Ring Bearer: The title of a young boy who carries the rings at the wedding ceremony.
Reception Food Terms:
- Buttercream: The most common kind of icing for wedding cakes. Using butter, sugar, and milk, your baker may apply this soft and creamy icing to cover the outside of your cake or as a filling between layers.
- Canapé: Bite-sized appetizer served on a small round of bread, cracker, or vegetable.
- Corkage Fee: Some caterers charge a fee for every bottle of alcohol they open during your reception. This fee applies to couples who choose to buy their own liquor instead.
- Crudité: Appetizer that consists of sliced vegetables, served with dip.
- Fondant: Made of sugar, gelatin, corn syrup, and glycerin, this icing features a firm yet tender texture with a smooth, porcelain-like finish. Often more expensive than buttercream, because it is labor-intensive.
- Hors d’oeuvre: Light snack served before a meal.
- Royal Icing: Made of sugar and egg whites, this slightly brittle icing is commonly used for sculptural decorations instead of traditional wedding cake.
Gown Silhouette Terms:
- A-line: Narrow at the bodice, with vertical seams that flow right down to a slightly flared skirt.
- Asymmetrical: The bottom of the skirt, as well as several layers of fabric, cut on a diagonal style.
- Ball gown: A fitted bodice that comes in at the waist and then flares out to a full, floor-length skirt.
- Column: A fitted bodice to a narrow, tailored look over the waist and the hips, straight to the floor.
- Empire: A Victorian-style gown that features a fitted bodice with a skirt that starts right at the base of the chest and hangs down in a straight, slim line to the floor.
- Mermaid: Form-fitting from the chest to a tiny waist, over the hips and then down to the knees, where fabric flares out in a dramatic fashion like a mermaid’s tail.
- Sheath: A close, form-fitting dress from bodice all the way down to the skirt.
Ceremony Music Terms:
- Interlude: A song played during the lighting of the unity candle or at another point in the ceremony.
- Prelude: Quiet, gentle background music played at the beginning of the ceremony, as guests arrive and sit.
- Postlude: Music that plays until every last guest has exited the ceremony area.
- Processional: Music played as the bridal party walks down the aisle, with the bride and her escort at the end.
- Recessional: Upbeat, triumphant music played at the end of the service, as the bride and groom make their way back up the aisle and exit the ceremony.
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