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Any new bride-to-be can attest that it is fairly easy to get lost in all the wedding jargons. The wedding industry has their own lingo that can confuse anyone. This can become a source of added stress during the planning stage of a wedding. Before you start the planning, it is important that you know some of the terminologies to avoid any confusion. It is also easier to communicate with caterers and wedding planners once you start to understand these terms that they are so used to saying all the time. Here is a couple of basic bridal lingo and what they mean that you will encounter during your wedding planning stage.

  • MOB – Mother of the Bride
  • MOG – Mother of the Groom
  • FOG – Father of the Groom
  • FOB – Father of the Bride
  • BM – Best Man
  • MOH – Maid Of Honor
  • RB – Ring Bearer
  • FG – Flower Girl
  • B&G – Bride and Groom

Jack and Jill – the term used for bridal shower for both the bride and the groom. These are fast becoming popular and also save the friends and family for when they are buying bridal shower gifts.

Bustle – this is the act of making your dresses shorter so that you do not have much trouble getting around from the ceremony to the reception. Wedding dresses have pins or buttons inside to help make the dress shorter. Ask your dressmaker where it is located so that you can fix your dress up within seconds.

Boutonniere – a floral arrangement that is placed on the left side of the groom and groom’s men’s attires. It is typically put on the left pocket of the tuxedo or coat that they are wearing. Fathers and grandfathers of the bride and groom are also given boutonnieres to wear during the wedding.

Corsage – a small floral arrangement much like the boutonniere worn by mothers and grandmothers of the bride and groom on their left hand.

Sweetheart Table – a separate table for the bride and groom.

Head Table – the main table where the entourage along with the bride and groom are seated.

Runner – a long piece of cloth that is placed on one end of the tablet to the other end. It is used to put additional decoration to the table setting.

Underlay – a long tablecloth that should touch the floor and cover the legs of the table. This is usually included in the catering and the decorating of the reception.

Tiers – the number of cakes that make up your whole wedding cake.

BEO – banquet event order. This serves as the final menu, guest count, setup, and other specific requests by the bride and the groom.

Save The Date – an invite sent to guests so that they can block of their schedule for your big day. This is usually sent before the actual wedding invites. Not necessarily needed but a ‘save the date’ can help your friends especially those living abroad to plan for the wedding accordingly.

Favor – a small gift or treat placed beside the guest’s plate. You can opt to have them depending on the budget allocated for the reception.


By Ady Banico

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