A-Z of Wedding Planning

Here at Emporella we decided to share with you some of the basics – terminology. If you are a bride or groom planning a wedding, a family member or even a guest attending the wedding it may be helpful to know some of the basic wedding terms. From the minute the groom proposes everyone starts talking to you in one language and one language only, Wedding. Asking you question after question about your plans for your special day. Will the invitations be handmade? Will the reception be black tie or casual? Will your cake be made from ganache or fondant? Don’t worry, here at Emporella we have put together an A – Z glossary of terms to help you.

A – Aisle Runner: Usually a long cloth (in a colour of your choice) that runs the length of the aisle. It is pulled out just before the bridal party enters.

B – Birdcage: A veil that skims the face and head, never falling below the chin.


C – Cascading Bouquet: A bouquet in which flowers are arranged into a cascading, waterfall effect. When held it falls below the waist.

D – Die Cut: A technique used for invitations to create a “window” for text or images.


E – Embossing: A printing technique that creates raised surfaces in invitations. The process uses mated dies that press the paper into a shape that can be felt and seen on both the front and back sides.

F – Fondant: A firm icing made of sugar, gelatin, corn syrup and glycerin that has a smooth finish. More expensive than buttercream.

G – Ganache: A chocolate and creme icing used to cover, decorate or fill cakes.


H – Horah: Traditional Jewish wedding dance in which the bride and groom are lifted up on chairs as guests dance in circle to the “Hava Nagila.”

I – Illusion Neckline: A transparent panel that extends from the bust to the collar of a dress. Often made from tulle, net, or lace.

J – Junior Bridesmaid: A member of the wedding party who is technically too old to be a flower girl and too young to be a traditional bridesmaid.


K – Knee Length Veils: At approximately 45 inches long, these veils are meant to reach the knees. Best paired with a mid-calf length wedding dresses.

L – Letterpress: A printing technique where blocks or plates of raised type are inked and pressed deep into the paper, giving words a grooved texture.

M – Mermaid: A dress silhouette that is fitted through the body and hips and flares out below the knees. It is also known as “trumpet.”


N – Nosegay: A small bouquet usually given as a gift to the mothers of the bride and groom.

O – Officiant: The person who performs the marriage ceremony. The term “officiant” includes Justices of the Peace, celebrants, marriage commissioners, ministers, notaries, and others empowered by law to perform legally binding private ceremonies.


P – Palette: The range of colors used in the wedding decor. Usually two or three colors.

Q – Quotes: A quotation from a text or speech, you could use quotes for wedding speeches or to hang as decoration.


R – Ruched: Fabric that is gathered into ruffles or pleats.

S – Save-The-Dates: Announcements sent out usually six months before the wedding to alert guests to keep the wedding date free.

T – Tablecards: Sign at the center of each table so guests can find their place.


U – Ushers: Men selected by the groom who seat guests as they enter the ceremony. They are generally family members or close friends.

V – Videography: The art of video production or capturing events with a video camera.

W – White Tie: The most formal evening dress code in which men wear a black dress coat, commonly known as an evening tailcoat, white bow tie, white waistcoat and starched winged collar shirt. Women wear evening gowns.


X – Xylography: The art of engraving on wood or of printing from woodblocks

Y – Yichud: Post-ceremony seclusion of the the bride and groom together.

Z – Zip: Maybe go for an easy zipper on your wedding dress so it is easy to get on and off.

We really hope this helps you learn the meanings of some basic wedding terminology that you will probably hear everyday now until your wedding. Her at Emporella we would love to hear of any other words you keep hearing and think we should of included onto our list!

All Images sourced from Google Images and Pinterest.


By Mackenzie Brook


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