The A-Z Wedding Terminology You Need To Know
Recently engaged, but don’t know where to start? As wedding planning begins and progresses, you may hear certain terms from wedding planners, vendors and friends that seem completely unfamiliar. We’ve got your back – check out our list below of wedding terminology, explained!
Al Fresco: A term that means “out in the open air” and is often associated with outdoor dining. You might even have an al fresco wedding reception!
Bridal Party: Most commonly, the term ‘bridal party’ is meant to refer to the bride and groom, as well as the bridesmaids and groomsmen. This does not typically include the family or general guests.
Photo | Every Golden Detail
Charger: A decorative plate upon which all other dining plates rest used to enhance a place setting.
Cocktail Hour: The gap between the ceremony and reception during which guests enjoy cocktails and small bites. This time can last an hour or sometimes 90 minutes depending on reception set-up and how long it takes the bridal party to finish their photos.
Coordinator: The person or business hired to coordinate the wedding timeline and oversee the wedding day logistics.
Photo | Healthy Potion
Dummy Cake: A cake that looks real, but is actually fake. This typically is a Styrofoam cake shape covered in icing that can be cost effective than an actual cake layer. You can have an entire dummy cake and then serve your guests a sheet cake, or you can layer a ‘dummy’ layer on top of a real one to increase the size of your cake!
Flatlay: A flatlay refers to a photo stylistically taken at a birds-eye-view of stationery, accessories, flowers, or other wedding details.
Flipping the Space/Flip: If your reception occurs in the same space as your ceremony, the vendors have to “flip the space” during the cocktail hour to transform the venue into a reception set-up.
Glassware: Drinking glasses: wine glasses or water goblets.
Grazing Table: A table for appetizers such as cheeses and meats or fruits that guests can munch on during cocktail hour or the reception.
Head Table: Include either or both the bridal party and families, depending on who the wedding couple wants at their table.
Processional: The very first walk down the aisle to commence the wedding ceremony.
Recessional: The final walk down the aisle after the wedding ceremony ends.
Tablescape: The reception table in its entirety, from the glassware to the floral centerpieces.
Tray Pass: The service in which catering staff walks throughout the reception space and offers beverages and bites with a tray