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WEDDING THESAURUS

A SIXPENCE IN YOUR SHOE

This part of the old rhyme is often forgotten; the sixpence (which is often worn in the bride’s left shoe), represents good fortune and prosperity.

BONBONNIERES:

Bonbonnieres are small gifts to thank your friends and family for their attendance and a great way to personalise your wedding.

BRIDAL BOUQUET:

An attractively arranged bunch of flowers carried by the bride. Flower girls and bridesmaid often carry a smaller version of the bride’s bouquet.

The bouquet is traditionally later thrown at the wedding reception to the single women present at the wedding to determine who would be the next married. This is often more of a light hearted game now days and not taken very seriously.

BRIDAL LUNCHEON:

Bridal or bridesmaids’ luncheons are intimate gatherings, generally hosted by the bride’s attendants or by the bride and her mother. These all-female gatherings are held to thank the bridesmaids, and will usually be a day or two before the wedding day

BRIDAL PARTY:

Gathering of the Brides attendant’s in the wedding. I.e the bridesmaids, flower girls and generally the bride’s mother is present, and occasionally the father of the bride.

There is no term for the Grooms attendants. The groom’s attendants, such as best men/grooms men will gather at the whole wedding party and or rehearsal.

BRIDAL SHOWER:

A bridal shower is a gift-giving party held for a bride-to-be in anticipation of her wedding.

BRIDE’S TABLE:

The bride’s table or head table is the table that the bride and groom, maid of honor, best man and both parents will sit at during the wedding reception. It is often in full view of all other tables and set a bit higher and in a straight line to allow guests to see all the speeches and bride and groom.

BUCKS NIGHTS:

A bucks night or stag is similar to a hen’s night in hat it is a party thrown for the groom by his best men and is considered suitable for men only.  Bucks nights, unlike hen’s nights, are often held the night before the wedding. This can be recipe for disaster if the nights becomes wild and out of control. These day’s men have wised up and tend to do as the women do and have the party a few day prior to allow for recovery before the big day.

CEREMONY:

A formal religious or public occasion. A wedding ceremony is the day of the wedding and the actual marrying of two people often in a church, gardens, or other significant place to the bride and groom. This is a formal occasion often followed by a party.

FATHER OF THE BRIDE:

The role of the father of the bride is to walk his daughter down the aisle and ‘give her away’ to her new husband. This tradition is one that is followed in 90% of weddings regardless of it being a religious affair or not. In cases where the bride has no father another significant male in her life will fill in.

FIRST DANCE:

This is tradition whereby the dance floor at a wedding reception (the party after the ceremony) is opened by the bride and groom sharing their first dance as a married couple.

 FLOWER GIRL:

The flower girl is young girl (often a child considered too young to be a bridesmaid) who carries flowers or scatters them in front of the bride at a wedding.

GUEST BOOK:

This is a book, usually given as a gift by someone in the wedding party to the bride and groom that sits open at the entrance to the wedding ceremony and reception for guests to sign as a reminder to the bride and groom who attended their wedding. Often people sign their names and write a short message of love and congratulations.

HEN’S NIGHT:

A bachelorette party, hen(s) party, hen(s) night or hen(s) do, is a party held for the bride, generally organised by the maid of honour and other bridesmaid. This event is often closed to men. A hen’s night id generally held a few days or a week before the wedding.

HONEYMOON: 

The honey moon is a vacation taken by the bride and groom often the wedding. Traditionally the bride and groom would leave the morning after the wedding.

JUSTICE OF THE PEACE:

A person who has judicial powers to perform and give out state licenses such as marriage certificates. A justice of the peace can be anyone with a license to marry two people within their specific state or town.

PHOTOGRAPHER:

The photographer is hired by the bride and groom, or wedding planner, and will attend the wedding and reception taking photos of the wedding party and guests. At the wedding stars we offer two photographers to ensure that every moment is captured and you have beautiful memories from your special day.

PRIEST:  

A holy man with the power by god and law to marry two people in a holy union. Priests are used by Catholics.

RABBI:

A Rabbi is the Jewish equivalent to a Priest.

RECEPTION:

A wedding reception is a party held after the completion of a marriage ceremony. It is held as hospitality for those who have attended the wedding, hence the name reception: the couple receives society, in the form of family and friends, for the first time as a married couple.

REHEARSAL:

The rehearsal is often held the day before the wedding and is a complete run through of the entire wedding ceremony. This is to ensure everyone is familiar and comfortable with where and what they are supposed to be doing. Wedding rehearsal are crucial as they often present issues that have been over looked Essentially the rehearsal ensures that everything runs as smoothly as possible.

REHEARSAL DINNER:

The rehearsal dinner is, as the name suggests, the dinner after the rehearsal where the mother and maid of honour and best man may say a short speech to wish the couple well before their big day. This was traditionally put in place because many couples chose to have weddings that where away from where most people lived so the wedding party would all stay in the same hotel.

RING BEARER:

Usually a boy, the ring bearer would carry the rings for the bride and groom at a wedding. Often the ring bearer would walk down the aisle with the flower girl or just after her.

“SOMETHING OLD…”

Something old” is the first line of a traditional rhyme which details what a bride should wear at her wedding for good luck. These days many people forget about the last part of the rhyme “a sixpence in your shoe”.

SOMETHING OLD

Wearing something old is meant to honour your family connections and express your desire to retain your current family relationships, while also establishing a family of your own.

Great ideas for ‘Something Old’: Family heirlooms, like a brooch, ring or garter.

SOMETHING NEW

The new item you choose to wear on your wedding day is a symbol of you and your new husband joining together and committing to a life together.

Great ideas for ‘Something New': Special lingerie, your clutch or even shoes can tick this box.

SOMETHING BORROWED

Your borrowed piece represents your love and admiration for the person that you borrowed the item from. Often Brides will borrow something from their maid of honour.

Great ideas for ‘Something Borrowed’: Many brides’ choose to borrow their maid of honour’s wedding veil. Borrowing your mother’s favourite pair of earrings is a beautiful way to show her how much you care.

SOMETHING BLUE

By wearing something blue, you are showcasing your intent to always love and remain faithful to one another.

Great ideas for ‘Something Blue’: A blue garter is a simple way to add a touch of blue. So too is having blue flowers in your bouquet or on  hair clip tucked into your hair do or the side of your veil or wearing a blue stone necklace.

WEDDING DESIGNER:

A wedding designer has a similar role to a wedding planner but has more of a creative input and focuses more on the over-all design and look of the wedding.

WEDDING PLANNER:

A wedding planner is a professional who assists with the planning, running and management of a client’s wedding. The role of a wedding planner is to ensure that everything runs smoothly and ensure there is minimal stress for the bride and groom. Often using a wedding planner will result in top quality products and services at a lower price than if the bride was to find a source them on her own.

WEDDING PARTY:

This is a gathering, sometimes a dinner or get together of everyone involved in the wedding. The bride and groom, the bridesmaid and groomsmen, flower girls and page boys, mother and father of the bride and anyone with significant roles in the wedding.

 

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