Planning a wedding can be one of the most stressful and exciting periods of your life, and you may come across some words that make you think “what on earth is that?”. Here is a helpful list to the new and tricky words you will suddenly hear after getting engaged.
A la Carte: a style of menu which allows for guests to choose which meal they would like from the menu provided.
Bonbonniere: this is also known as a wedding favour. Bonbonnieres are given out at weddings to thank the guests for attending, and can also be a small reminder to your guests about your wedding day.
Boutonniere: a small flower arrangement worn usually by the groom, ushers, groomsmen, and the bride’s and groom’s father. The boutonniere is worn on the left lapel of the man’s coat or jacket.
Charger: an oversized plate used for top table decor. A charger is usually made of glass or crystal, and dinner china is placed on the charger during a wedding reception.
Corsage: an arrangement of flowers pinned to the bodice of a woman’s dress. At a wedding, the corsage is usually worn by the mother’s of the bride and groom and are either pinned onto their dress/blouse, or more commonly, wrapped around their wrist.
Fondant: a thick, creamy icing that can be molded and sculpted easily on cakes.
Garland: a woven rope of flowers or ribbon adorned on pews and tables for decoration.
Hors D’oeuvres: an appetizer typically served before a meal, especially during cocktail hour. Also known as finger or cocktail food.
Inclusive: a term generally used by wedding vendors and caterers, inclusive refers to a price that includes service charge and sales tax. E.g. when hiring a function room you will want to be sure to ask if the room rental cost is inclusive, as some venues will add a service charge to your bill on top of room rental.
Pastillage: a pastel coloured paste made of sugar, cornstarch and gelatin. The paste hardens and is used to make small icing decorations to put on cakes such as flowers.
Prelude: The prelude is the songs or music that welcomes your wedding guests when they arrive at the ceremony venue.
STDs: don’t panic, this isn’t something you can catch! An STD is a ‘save the date’ card given to guests before handing out the wedding invitations. Today, couples are also making online STD cards which can be emailed to their guests, and are usually given to out of town guests for a destination wedding.
Tiers: stacked layers of cake to give height to the wedding cake.
Thermography: a cheaper alternative to engraving wedding invitations. The printer uses ink and a powder resin combined with heat to reproduce the raised lettering effect of engraving.
A White Bar: a drink bar where only white alcoholic beverages are served such as white wine, vodka, champagne and gin.