January 15, 2024

A Guide to Common Wedding Terminology

Navigate the world of wedding planning with ease using this comprehensive guide to common wedding terminology. From prelude to sweetheart table, demystify the language of weddings and make informed decisions for your special day.

A Guide to Common Wedding Terminology

When you embark on wedding planning, you might encounter unfamiliar terms and concepts. Here's a list of common terminology in the wedding world that you're likely to come across during your planning process:

Ceremony Terminology:

Prelude: Gentle background music played as guests arrive and are seated before the ceremony begins.

Processional: Stately music played as the wedding party walks down the aisle.

Recessional: Upbeat music played as the newlywed couple exits the ceremony area after the service.

Postlude: Music played until all guests have left the ceremony area.

Other Terminology:

Boutonniere: A single flower or bud worn by men, typically on the lapel.

Charger: A decorative plate placed under the dinner plate, used in both buffet and plated meal settings.

Corsage: A floral decoration worn by important women in the bride and groom's families, often on the wrist or pinned to clothing.

Escort Cards: Cards that guide guests to their assigned tables at the reception, usually arranged alphabetically.

GOBO/Monogram: A laser-cut piece placed on a spotlight to project a monogram or pattern onto walls or the dance floor.

First Look: A private moment before the ceremony where the couple sees each other for the first time, captured by photographers.

Head Table: A table where the couple and/or the wedding party sit, sometimes with family members.

Place Cards: Cards indicating guests' specific seats at a table.

Table Number: A number or name displayed on a table to indicate assigned seating.

Uplighting: Illumination that adds a colored glow to walls by projecting light from the floor.

Vendor Meal: A meal provided for vendors working at the reception.

Sweetheart Table: A table reserved for the couple during the reception, allowing them a private moment.

If you come across any other confusing terms during your wedding planning, feel free to ask for clarification. We're here to help, and you might even challenge us with some new vocabulary!