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Planning a wedding is overwhelming. That's no secret. So when planners and vendors start throwing out terms like nosegay and pomander, it's easy to get lost in the language. But don't despair; we're here to help. Use this glossary of terms and acquaint yourself with the vocab you need to keep up with the best of 'em. And if there's anything we're missing, let us know!
BM: Best man
Boutonierre: A single flower or small grouping of buds worn by the groom and other men of his wedding party on the lapel of their jackets. (Tip: Learn how to spell this; it'll come up more than you think.)
Bustle: A type of framework used to minimize the length of your dress and expand the fullness of the back of it.
Calligraphy: A specific form of handwriting done by an individual that is often used on invitations.
Engraving: A printing technique where text is etched onto a copper plate, which is then coated with ink and wiped clean, leaving ink only in the indentations. When paper is pressed against the plate, it produces raised text.
Escort Cards: Not to be confused with place cards, these are often placed on a large table inside the cocktail area indicating at which table your guest should be seated.
FOB: Father of the Bride
Fondant: A hard frosting often used in wedding cakes.
Ganache: An icing made from chocolate and cream that's often used in wedding desserts.
Groom's Cake: A smaller, second cake that is either served at the rehearsal diner or on display at the wedding. Often this is includes more fun and personal decorations.
Letterpress: A printing technique where blocks or plates of raised type are inked and pressed deep into the paper.
MOB/MOG: The mother of the bride/mother of the groom.
MOH: Maid (or matron) of Honor
Nosegay: A small bouquet or flower arrangement for the mothers of the bride and groom.
Pave: A cluster of diamonds that completely covers the metal.
Place Cards: A part of the place setting, this card is placed at each seat indicating at which chair the guest should sit.
Pomander: A ball of flowers that can be used as a decoration or accessory. Often flower girls carry pomanders that are hanging from a ribbon or it can be placed a top a vase as a centerpiece.
Reply Card: Included with the invitation, this card is what your guests will send back to you with their RSVP.
Two-Ply: A paper weight, consisting of two thicknesses, that is often used for wedding invitations.
Vellum: Heavy, transparent paper that is used with wedding invites and decorations.
Emily Howald Sefton is Mpls.St.Paul Magazine’s deputy features editor and Mpls.St.Paul Weddings’ editor. See bio
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