From A – Z, your wedding day has so many facets and elements. When planning your special day, knowing the terminology and language to describe what you want and what you don’t is a huge help. Tonight, we’re sharing Part 1 of The Wedding Planning Alphabet!
A – Attendants — This is anyone who plays a role in the wedding including the best man, bridesmaids, ushers, flower girls, etc. These people are called this because they have roles and responsibilities to “attend” to during the wedding.
B – Boutonniere – A boutonniere is often a single or collection of flowers that are pinned to the suits of the bridal party members or family. The boutonniere matches the bouquet, centerpiece, or other decorative pieces from the wedding!
Photo 1 couple: Greer + Jason, captured by: Amavi | Photo 2 couple: Vissna + Vichiny, captured by: Bella Rorke Photography | Photo 3 couple: Stephanie + Anthony, captured by: Rachael Kazmier Photography
C – Centerpieces – Centerpieces are typically found in the center of guest tables. They could be floral arrangements, specialized signage, table numbers, lights, vases, etc.
Photo 1 couple: Vissna + Vichiny, captured by: Bella Rorke Photography | Photo 2 couple: Marie-Clare + Adam, captured by: Emma Knutson Photography | Photo 3 couple: Stephanie + Anthony, captured by: Rachael Kazmier Photography
D – Dress Change – Everyone loves finding the perfect attire for their wedding day, whether that be the dream dress or suit. While one outfit is enough to make your wedding day magical, some couples opt for outfit changes. There are many reasons couples decide to do an outfit change, including tradition, culture, a dance-friendly outfit, or just because you love multiple styles.
Couple: Vissna + Vichiny | Photos captured by: Bella Rorke Photography
E – Escort Card — Escort cards direct guests to a table vs. a specific seat. These are considered a less formal choice than place cards. We absolutely love seeing the unique and impactful escort cards and table assignment displays our couples choose at The Sixpence.
F – Floor Plan – Your floor plan indicates where everything belongs during your wedding: head table, cake table, guest book, large installations, photo booth, etc. At The Sixpence we work with our booked couples to create customized floor plans, using a program to place tables, vendors, and all the little details, so you can walk in on wedding day with everything set! We book meetings with the couple to discuss how they would like the room set up, create a digital floor plan, and approve, edit, and finalize it before the big day.
G – Gobos Lighting — Gobo stands for go-between optics. Gobos lighting comes from a stenciled circular disc used inside a lighting fixture. These can be customized with patterns, initials, names, and more.
So many of our local DJ and production partners offer beautiful custom gobos to enhance the atmosphere of your day. Inquire with your vendors about adding this special feature to your celebration!
H – Head Table – The head table is traditionally where the bride and groom are seated. Sometimes this includes the bridal party and their plus-ones, just the bridal party, or just the couple at a sweetheart table.
I – Invitation Suite — An invitation suite refers to all the various pieces that come with a wedding invitation including the wedding invitation, response card, and information card, and often includes wedding stationery.
You’ll want to include your entire invitation suite in your details box on your wedding day so your photographer can capture them! Our preferred vendors Creative in Bloom and Oliver’s Twist create stunning invitation suites.
Couple: Greer + Jason | Photos captured by: Amavi
J – Joint Bach Party – Instead of having separate bachelorette or bachelor parties, you can celebrate together with your bridal party through a “Joint Bach Party.” Our Workshop on The Sixpence property is a great place to host a joint bach party to celebrate your big day!
K – Karats – A Karat defines the measurement of the purity of gold, this term is often used when looking at and purchasing engagement rings and wedding bands.
Couple: Mary + Cooper | Photos captured by: Marissa Nichole Photography
L – Lambeth Cake Style – A vintage style of cake decorating that was popularized in the 1930s. These cakes are decorated with intricate piping details, layering the buttercream and creating what looks like a fluffy, ruffly dress. Our preferred vendors Haley Dow Cake Co. and Top Tier Cakes have created some unforgettable Lambeth Cakes for Sixpence events!
Event: The Sixpence Groovy Garden Party 2023 | Photos captured by: Bohemian Lights Photography
M – Matchmaker – The individual who introduced the happy couple! We love seeing a fresh trend that acknowledges matchmakers at weddings, whether through signage or a special place in the ceremony.
Greer + Jason’s party | captured by Amavi
Tune in next time for another batch of terminology that might make your wedding planning experience just a little smoother –
Planning your wedding day should be an exciting and beautiful experience – and we’re here to support your day with our expertise, alongside that of our talented vendor partners!
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