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Wedding Glossary: The Wedding Lingo You Need to Know!

Planning a wedding can almost feel like you need to learn a whole new language. From buttonholes to bustles, charger plates to place settings, it’s totally understandable to be confused by some of the wedding terms we use in this industry.

So, what exactly is an e-session, golden hour or MOH? Read on as we decode the wedding lingo you need to know in our wedding glossary below!

Wedding Glossary: The Wedding Lingo You Need to Know! Tweed Coast Weddings
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Wedding Lingo Explained

Buttonhole: A small spray of flowers attached to the lapel of a suit jacket (otherwise known as boutonnieres). Buttonholes are usually worn by the groom and his groomsmen, but can also be arranged for other special male figures such as fathers and grandfathers.

Bustle: A method of attaching your wedding train up to the rest of your gown using buttons, loops or ties (so it doesn’t get trampled on all night long!). Wedding dresses don’t usually come with a bustle – they need to be organised with your dress designer or seamstress.

Charger plate: A large, decorative plate designed to sit underneath your dinner plate, purely used to add some extra detail to your table settings.

Wedding Glossary: The Wedding Lingo You Need to Know! Tweed Coast Weddings
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E-session: An engagement shoot (also known as e-shoots). E-sessions are a great way to build a relationship with your wedding photographer before the day and help you feel more comfortable in front of the camera!

Favours: Small gifts for your guests to take home as a keepsake from your wedding – otherwise known as bombonieres.

Feasting style: A style of dinner service that involves shared platters of food placed in the middle of your reception tables, rather than individual meals. This is also referred to as family-style or share-style dining.

First look: A one-on-one photo session between you and your future husband or wife, taking place before your ceremony. As the name suggests, this portrait session captures the first moment you lay eyes on each other on your wedding day (we love them!).

Flatlay: A styled, birds-eye photo of your wedding day details (such as ring boxes, jewellery and invitation suites).

Wedding Glossary: The Wedding Lingo You Need to Know! Tweed Coast Weddings
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Golden hour: Much-loved by photographers, this is the final hour of light before the sun sets on your wedding day. AKA, the perfect time for those gorgeous glowing wedding portraits!

Latermoon: A honeymoon that takes place at a later date, rather than immediately after your wedding.

Minimony: Rather than postponing your wedding due to COVID-19, a minimony is a small, intimate ceremony that goes ahead on your original wedding date – usually with a bigger celebration planned in the future.

Micro-wedding: An intimate wedding with your closest friends and family – usually, 30 guests or less.

MOH: Your maid of honour.

PAX: The number of people attending your wedding – eg, “70 PAX”. You’ll find this term is commonly used by your wedding venue, caterer and other wedding suppliers.

Pet assistant: A professional animal handler who can supervise, transport and care for your fur babies at your wedding.

Place cards: Small cards bearing the name of each guest, indicating their assigned seat on your wedding reception tables. Place cards don’t actually have to be traditional “cards” – they can be laser cut-outs, crystals, shells, luggage tags or other creative designs.

Place setting: The complete set of tableware required for each guest. A place setting typically includes crockery, cutlery, glassware and napkins.

Wedding Glossary: The Wedding Lingo You Need to Know! Tweed Coast Weddings
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Prelude: The background music playing at your ceremony before guests are seated.

Processional: The ceremony entrance of the bridal party (and/or parents and other significant figures). This also refers to the piece of music that will be played as you and your bridal party walk down the aisle.

Recessional: The ceremony exit, where you and your wedding party walk back down the aisle following your nuptials. This also refers to the piece of music that will be played during this time.

Receiving line: An opportunity to greet each guest individually after your ceremony. Typically, you and your new husband/wife will stand in a designated area (sometimes joined by your parents) as guests line up to share their congratulations.

Sheet cake: An additional cake – usually just one layer – designed for serving to your guests, with a smaller, decorative cake displayed at your reception and used for cake cutting.

Sweetheart table: An alternative to the bridal table, a sweetheart table is a small table for just you and your spouse to share at the reception.

Tablescape: The combination of tableware, flowers, stationery and other decorative elements that come together to style your tabletops.

Wedding Glossary: The Wedding Lingo You Need to Know! Tweed Coast Weddings
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Virtual wedding: Live streaming your ceremony and/or reception via Zoom, Skype or other digital platforms.

Wedding tax: A myth that your wedding suppliers will charge more for their services once the word “wedding” has been used, simply because they can. You can check out our blog here where we debunk the myth of the wedding tax and explain why this is absolutely not the case!

Wedding website: An online hub where your guests can RSVP and find more information about your wedding, such as venue directions, dress codes, gift registries and other FAQs.

Wishing well: An alternative to traditional wedding gifts, a wishing well (usually taking the form of a small box or other creative display) is where your guests can leave cards with monetary donations on the day.

Wedding Glossary: The Wedding Lingo You Need to Know! Tweed Coast Weddings
Image by Broken Bird Leg Photography

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