Monday, December 3, 2012

Wedding Vocabulary | North Carolina Wedding Planner

For some brides, the hardest part of planning their wedding is figuring out what their vendors are talking about. They have to learn the wedding lingo just to communicate. Today I thought I would break down some of the common wedding terms (and shorthand) for you.

{Photo by Ryan Smith Photography}

Attendants: Members of the wedding party. Includes: best man, maid of honor, bridesmaids, groomsmen, ushers, flower girls, ring bearers

B2B: Bride to be

BM: Best man (or bridesmaid)

Bouquet: Carried by the bride and bridesmaids. Flowers are gathered together at the stems and usually tied together with ribbon.

Boutonniere: Single flower or small flower arrangement worn by the groom, groomsmen, best man, and other special men involved in the wedding on their jackets.

Corsage: A small bouquet of flowers worn around the wrist or on the shoulder. Special women like mothers or grandmothers usually wear these.

DH: Dear husband

FMIL: Future mother-in-law

FOB: Father of the bride

FOG: Father of the groom

Fondant: Bakers out there, excuse the layman's terms I'm about to use. Fondant is a sugary playdough-like substance that is rolled flat and smooth and used to cover (and decorate) wedding cakes.

Garter: Elastic band covered by satin or lace worn by the bride and usually removed by the groom during the reception.

GM: Groomsman

MOB: Mother of the bride

MOG: Mother of the groom

Processional: The ceremony entrance. Includes parents, grandparents, attendants, bride, and groom.

Recessional: The ceremony exit, led by the bride and groom. Includes parents, grandparents, attendants, bride, and groom.

Train: Material from the bride's dress that covers the floor behind her.

Usher: Male attendants that seat the guests before the ceremony.

Vendor: Anyone you've hired to perform a service during your wedding. (i.e. wedding coordinator, officiant, florist, dj, etc)

Venue: The location of your wedding.

Wedding Party: Bride, groom, parents, and attendants.

Need definitions for more wedding terms? Send them to us or comment with them below and we'll create another post to answer all of those.

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