Wedding Terminology and Definitions- Wedding Flowers and Wedding Decor

The wedding world has an unique, and sometimes, confusing language.  If I told you, “I think your overlays would look amazing with the up-lighting especially if you add the gobo in the shape of moon-lit branches.”  You might think I had started speaking in tongues.  To eliminate some of the confusion while wedding planning, I present the first in many posts on “Wedding Terminology and Definitions”.  Today we are focusing on Wedding Flowers and Wedding Decor.  Please let me know if there is a term you have heard that I have missed.

WEDDING FLOWERS AND WEDDING DECOR

Ambient lighting: Decorative lighting used to enhance a room specially for an event. Examples include, up lighting and gobos.

Bomboniere: Also known as favors, bombonieres are gifts given out to wedding  guests. In the Italian tradition, bombonieres are five sugared almonds symbolizing health, wealth, happiness, fertility and long life wrapped in a circle of tulle.

Boutonniere: A single bloom of one or more flowers worn by the male members of the wedding party and  special guests on the lapel 
of their jackets. Usually worn by the Groom, groomsmen, ushers, ring bearers and immediate male family members of the wedding couple.

Break-apart toss bouquet: Small clusters of flowers tied with ribbon and disguised as a traditional toss bouquet.  The break-apart toss bouquet comes apart into smaller clusters of flowers when tossed to waiting wedding guests allowing more than one person to catch a part of the bouquet.

Cascade Bouquet: Bridal bouquet style that resembles a fall flowers arranged in a loose cascading appearance. This is the most traditional of all bridal bouquet styles.

Chair cover: Fitted fabric cover made to slip over chairs.  The chair cover is usually tied with a sash matching the wedding theme colors.

Composite flower: A bouquet consisting of rose or gladiola petals wired or glued together to create the illusion of one oversized flower.

Consultation fee: Fee charged by some wedding professionals to meet and consult with a potential client.

Corsage: A single bloom or a small cluster of blooms usually accented with ribbon. The two main styles of corsages are pinned corsage and wrist corsage.  Corsages are  worn by females filling a special role in the wedding such as guest book attendant, reader or candle lighter and the immediate female family members 
of the wedding couple.

En masse: When used in reference to flowers and floral design, en masse describes a floral design where the design includes no more than three types of flowers clustered tightly together in a overflowing manner.

Favor: Small gift given to wedding guests to thank them for attending the event.

Freeze drying preservation: Process of removing moisture from flowers to preserve them so they maintain as much as possible of their original look and shape.  Bridal bouquets can be freeze-dried and reassembled to make a lasting keepsake.

Hand tied bouquet: Style of bridal and bridesmaid’s bouquet shaped while the floral designer holds the flowers in his or her hand.  The natural stems of the flowers are maintained and wrapped in ribbon or lace.

Head Wreath: A circle of flowers worn on the head of the flower girl at the wedding.  The head wreath is usually made of small flowers and foliage, finished with a ribbon.  Also known as a garland or circlet.

Honor bouquet: Small bouquet of flowers that is presented to the longest married couple amongst the guests at the wedding reception.

Hurricane: A glass enclosure placed around a candle to protect the flame.  Many reception venues require all flames be protected by glass

Gobo: A thin metal template slotted inside, or placed in front of, a lighting source and used to control the shape of emitted light.  When used at a wedding event, the gobo can be projected on to the dance floor or wall in the shape of the couple’s monogram or another decorative pattern.

Nosegay bouquet: Flowers designed to be hand-held and round in shape and tied with ribbons.  Usually smaller than the other style hand-held bouquets.

Overlay: A speciality linen used to lay over the top of  floor length linens when dressing a table. Overlays are usually in a contrasting color,texture or fabric to the floor length linen.

Pillar candle: Solid and thick candle.  Thicker than a taper candle.

Pin corsage: A single bloom or a small cluster of blooms usually accented with ribbon and worn pinned to the lapel area. Pin corsages are worn by females filling a special role in the wedding such as guest book attendant, reader or candle lighter and the immediate female family members 
of the wedding couple.

Pomander: A bloom-covered ball suspended from a ribbon and carried 
by flower girls instead of the usual basket of flowers or by bridesmaids instead of the usual bouquet.

Posy bouquet: Flowers designed to be hand-held and round in shape and tied with ribbons.  Similar to nosegays but smaller.

Presentation style bouquet: Flowers with long stems arranged so that the bouquet is 
cradled in the bride’s arms.

Specialty lighting: Decorative lighting specially added to enhance a room for an event.  Examples include up-lighting and gobos.

Specialty linen: Linens (tablecloths, napkins) made of upgraded fabrics and textures.

Submerged  floral design: Floral design where the flowers are submerged in a clear glass vase as part of the design.

Taper candle: Thin formal candle.

Tea light: Small candle contained in an aluminum  or plastic cup.  Typically, tea lights will burn for only 3-4 hours.

Toss bouquet: Smaller and less elaborate bouquet made to mimic the bridal bouquet that is tossed to the female wedding guests at the reception.  Tradition says the woman that catches the bouquet will be the next to marry.

Tussy Mussy: Silver or gold metal cone made for holding the stems of a posy or nosegay of flowers.  Made popular in Victorian 
times.

Up-lighting: Decorative lighting specially added to enhance a room for an event.  Up-lighting is placed around the perimeter of the room to add a wash of color and light to the walls.

Votive candle: Short candle used to add light and decor to tables. Typically, votive candles will burn for 8-10 hours.

Votive holder: Small glass cup meant to hold votive candles.

Wrist corsage: A single bloom or a small cluster of blooms usually accented with ribbon, attached to a bracelet and worn on the wrist. Wrist corsages are worn by females filling a special role in the wedding such as guest book attendant, reader or candle lighter and the immediate female family members 
of the wedding couple.

Images by: Flourish, Rachelle Photography, Allison Stahl

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