Wedding terminologies

Wedding terminologies

You and your partner are planning your big day or maybe you’re tagging along with a loved one for their wedding planning. The wedding planner is explaining how everything is going to look. They’re talking about black tie optional and how the bomboniere will have to match the charger and center pieces. What does it all mean?

1. Appliqué

This is needlework or various types of material such as lace that is sewn on to larger pieces of fabric. It’s usually for creating texture, to form a pattern or 3-D effect.

2. Black Tie Optional

This means that formal wear is optional. You have the option of dressing for the gods or not.


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3. Bomboniere

A wedding favour in Italian.

4. Boutonniere

A spray of flowers placed on the left lapel.

5. Bustle

This is something added to the wedding dress in order to make walking and dancing easier. It can be hooks, buttons or ribbons. The bustle will gather the wedding dress train or any parts of the dress that may get in the way.


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6. Celebrant

This is the person who officiates your wedding ceremony. It can be someone who is ordained, a judge or member of the clergy. This person will also sign your marriage certificates.

7. Charger

The awkward plate that you may see some people dishing up on. It’s just for decorative purposes. Your actual plate will be placed on top of the charger.


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8. Escort Card Display

This display helps guests find their assigned seats.


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9. Fondant

Fondue? Or the gooey chocolate cake-like dessert? Neither. Fondant is the edible thick paste made of sugar and water. It’s used to cover cakes and often used to create a canvas to work on. It can be made into various colours and shapes.

10. Garland

Basically decoration. It’s flowers or greenery that is used to embellish various things. You can add it to pretty much anything at your wedding from candles to doorways.

11. Gobo lighting

Have you ever seen patterns projected onto the floor or the wall at an event? Gobo is the stencil or template that is placed in front of a light to create the beautiful patterns and shapes you see. You and your partner can even have a gobo made with your monogram.

12. Nosegay

A nosegay is a small handheld bouquet of flowers. Usually held by bridesmaids. The name comes from back in the day when the nosegay was used to appeal to the nose. Directly translated it could mean nose-happy!

13. Procession

This is the entire procedure of the bridesmaids leading down the aisle and finally the bride.

14. Tablescape

Remember the charger? Used for table decoration. Tablescape is the entire table design. Everything including chargers, candles, flowers and various other embellishments. Your tablescape should make a statement and colour coordinate with the rest of the wedding or reception.


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