The Wedding Dictionary

A collection of wedding terms, definitions and phrases that will help you along the way and make you and expert in wedding lingo.

Bridal Party

  • BM – Best Man
  • FOB – Father for the Bride
  • FOG – Father of the Groom
  • MOB – Mother of the Bride
  • MOG – Mother of the Groom
  • MOH – Maid of Honor

Ceremony

  • Ceremony Rehearsal – A run through of the wedding ceremony with all participants in attendance – typically usually happens the day before the wedding
  • Prelude – An elegant term for background music typically played while guest arrive
  • Processional – The music that begins the ceremony starting as the bridal party walks down the aisle ending with the bride
  • Recessional – The music that plays as the ceremony ends and the newly weds and bridal party walk out to

Details

  • Floor Plan – A layout of the reception noting table layouts
  • Seating Chart – A complete list of all guests attending the event and where they will be sitting
  • Timeline – A list of times, locations and details for the wedding weekend’s activities
  • Wedding Website – a site that couples use to communicate the details and aid in planning for their wedding
  • Prelude – An elegant term for background music typically played while guest arrive
  • Processional – The music that begins the ceremony starting as the bridal party walks down the aisle ending with the bride
  • Recessional – The music that plays as the ceremony ends and the newly weds and bridal party walk out to

Flowers

  • Filler Flower – A cost-effective way to fill in the gaps in your floral arrangements
  • Posy  – A small round flower bouquet that is made up of tightly bound stems typically given as a gift

Food & Beverage

  • Consumption Bar – You are billed based on the number of drinks consumed. Good if you do not have a large drinking crowd
  • Flat Rate Bar – You are billed on price per person aka $25 per guest per hour. Great for if you have a large drinking crowd
  • Food Station – A style of dinner service consisting of multiple buffets set up at stations throughout the wedding reception. Food stations allow wedding guests to mingle with others and sample a variety of menu items.
  • Grooms Cake – A small cake of the grooms liking often served at the rehearsal dinner
  • Menu Tasting – Generally this will occur at your venue a month prior to your actual wedding in order to get a look and feel for the food being produced at your wedding
  • Signature Cocktail – A unique or original drink that expresses the couple – they can be fashioned to represent a theme, color or mix in local culture

Formalities

  • Cake Cutting – An old wedding tradition where the bride and groom cut into the cake together and share a small bite symbolizing commitment
  • First Dance – Typically, this is the first dance shared between the bride and groom that then opens the dance floor for the rest of the guests
  • Introductions – “And now for the first time, let’s give it up for the new Mr. and Mrs. Smith”
  • Parent Dances – Typically, once the first dance has occurred the bride and her father will then dance followed by the groom and his mother
  • Send-Off – A way which people can express good wishes and say goodbye to the couple as they leave the reception

Lighting

  • Gobo – Love seeing a monogram lit up on a dance floor… want to create a cool pattern projected on the ceiling of the tent – this is a gobo
  • Up lighting – Light placed around the perimeter of a tent or venue to illuminate walls or the ceiling, sometimes by using various colors to create “a vibe”

Photography

  • First Look – A moment staged and set up by a weddingphotographer for the couple to see each other before the ceremony
  • Shot List – A list of all family and friends you would like photographed

Printing

  • Escort Card – Printed cards that inform guests of what table they’ll be seated at – typically displayed as guests enter the reception or during the cocktail hour
  • Paper Suite – All stationary needs for your wedding: the save-the-dates, invitations, reply cards, reception cards, and any other invitation enclosures.
  • Place Card – Printed cards that inform guests where they will be sitting at their assigned table – these would be placed at each table setting
  • Signature Signs – These are specialty sign you can create for you signature cocktail, your wedding hashtag or bar menus. You can have a lot of fun with these
  • Table Number or Names – A number or name (typically framed) assigned to each table showcasing where guests as sitting as it coincides with their escort card

Tables

  • 60s – A 60 inch round dinner table that seats 8-10 people
  • 72s – A 72 inch round dinner table that seats 10-12 people
  • Farm Table – A wooden rectangular table that seats 8-10 people
  • High Top – A high table typically used during cocktail hours
  • Low Top – A low table typically used during cocktail hours
  • Sweetheart Table – A table set for two, which the newlyweds would sit at
  • Royal Table – A rectangular folding table that seats 8-10 people
    *Tables are always dressed in linens except Farm Tables

Tablescape

  • B&B Plate – Bread and butter plate
  • Charger – A decorative plate that is set at each place setting that is usually taken away before the meal is served
  • Overlay – A directive cloth extending halfway down the table to add color or texture
  • Place Setting – Flatware, glassware, napkin, china (salad plate, dinner plate and bread and butter plate)
  • Underlay – Full-length linen that falls to the floor found under the overlay
  • Votive – Small accent candles

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