Wedding Jargon Guide
Start wedding planning with our guide to the lingo, by Elvetham Wedding Specialist Charlotte Page-Smith.
Another name for ‘button hole’, the small posey that goes into the jacket’s left lapel of the grooms, best man, ushers, and other male wedding party members.
A decorative plate placed under a guest’s dinner plate to add to the décor of your wedding.
This describes when your wedding will be the only event at your venue. You have ‘exclusive use’ of the venue, which at The Elvetham includes bedrooms, function rooms and restaurant. Booking an exclusive-use wedding gives a truly home-from-home feel as you have the run of the whole venue.
Gifts for your guests as a thank-you for attending. Usually sat on place-settings at the Wedding Breakfast, popular wedding favours include; lottery tickets, charity donations, sweet treats, scented candles, personalised tea towels… the list goes on and on!
A round ball of flowers usually carried by flower girls, and with a ribbon handle so they can be easily carried. Make for great decorations post-ceremony, when little ones are usually bored of holding onto them!
The music played as the bridal party enter the ceremony. Live music is popular, or a favourite song played via the venue’s audio system.
This is the name for the music that plays as the newlyweds leave the ceremony. Popular choices of recessional music include a live harp musician or string quartet, or a favourite song played via the venue audio system.
Cards sent to your guests as soon as you have a confirmed wedding date, which usually only includes the date and general location. The benefit of using save-the-date cards is that your guests will keep your wedding date free for you, and you have some extra time to figure out all the details that will go on your invitation.
A friendly face that will know your day schedule inside out, and move guests around as the day progresses. Toastmasters call guests to dinner, announce the newly married couple, introduce speeches, and help organise family members for photos. A good toastmaster is invaluable!
Traditionally this is where the bridal party sits, but today it’s more likely to be; newlyweds, both sets of parents, best man and chief bridesmaid. Depending on the intricacies of your table plan, you might want to include grandparents, step-parents, or siblings on the top table. Long or round top tables are both popular, but it’s always best to check with your venue which shape best fits in the room.
Hopefully that helps clear up some of the more obscure wedding jargon!