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The Wedding Dictionary For Newly Engaged Couples

Updated: Jul 11

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Congratulations on your engagement! Now begins the process of planning your wedding. As you and your partner embark on this exciting journey, the Goldbug team is here to help guide you. The whirlwind of planning a wedding can be both exhilarating and confusing at times, especially when you are new to this process. You will often find yourself encountering unfamiliar wedding terms that will leave you confused and frustrated. Familiarizing yourself with some of these commonly unfamiliar terms can make planning your special day more enjoyable and less daunting.

We have compiled a short dictionary to help you understand some of the wedding terminology you will likely encounter as you begin the planning process.


Wedding announcements are a formal notice sent by the newly married couple to inform friends and family about their marriage. These announcements can be sent through the mail, via email, or even shared on social media platforms.


The bridal party is composed of both the groomsmen and the bridesmaids, as well as the maid/matron of honor and best man. Traditionally, the bridal party plays a significant role in a wedding ceremony, symbolizing the support and love surrounding the couple as they enter into marriage.

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A color palette is a carefully selected range of colors that will be used consistently throughout each decorative element of a wedding.


A day of wedding coordinator is someone who oversees the day of your wedding, ensuring that everything is going according to your plan and on schedule. Goldbug Events does not offer strictly day of services because we have found that it is imperative that your planner be involved prior to the big day!


An escort card is used to direct wedding guests to their assigned table according to the seating chart. If you choose to have assigned seating at your wedding, you will need to provide escort cards for your guests.


When the bride and groom see each other for the first time in their wedding attire on their wedding day, they are sharing a first look. You can share a first look with anyone you prefer. Brides will often share a first look with members of their family such as their parents or siblings.

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The head table is the centrally located table designated for the bride and groom and their wedding party.


Wedding invitation suites include all the necessary information needed to properly attend and RSVP. We recommend sending invitations out three months prior to your wedding for local weddings and closer to six months out for destination weddings.

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The "no kids policy" at a wedding refers to the decision made by the couple to have no children present at their wedding.


There is an old saying that if it rains on your wedding day it is good luck! Rain on a wedding day has been a long-standing superstition that is believed to bring good fortune to the newlyweds. So, if rain does fall on your wedding day, remember that it is not just a weather phenomenon but a symbol of blessings, growth, and enduring love.


A marriage license is a legal document that is needed in order for a marriage to be legally binding. This document should be obtained in advance to ensure everything is legally taken care of before the wedding.


Your officiant will preform the marriage ceremony and ensure that all legal requirements are met according to local laws and regulations.


Personal flowers refer to the floral arrangements designed specifically for designated members of the bridal party. The main types of personal flowers include boutonnières for the groomsman, bouquets for the bridesmaids, bridal bouquet, or flower girl florals.

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Incase of inclement weather, it is important to have a back up plan. By making sure there is a back up plan couples can ensure their wedding day remains enjoyable and memorable regardless of the weather conditions.


Before your wedding invitations are sent out, a save the date should be sent to guest well in advance. A save the date is a heads-up to guest to reserve the date of the wedding on their calendars.


A timeline is a detailed schedule that outlines the sequence of events and activities throughout the wedding day. It is important to have a timeline for your wedding to ensure everything runs smoothly for you, your guests, and vendors.


Ushers act as a guide for guests as they arrive to the wedding ceremony. Whether that is assisting with seating or welcoming guests, they are crucial in ensuring the ceremony goes smoothly.


A venue walkthrough is a scheduled visit to your venue with your wedding planner to review logistics and finalize the details of your wedding before your big day.


Wedding websites are a centralized way to provide important information to your wedding guest such as registry information, RSVP options, as well as a great way to showcase you and your partner's love story.

Organizing an exit plan for you and your guest at the end of your wedding is a great way to manage the chaos that ensues when the lights turn on and the party is over. Whether you plan on having a grand exit with sparklers and fireworks or a quick escape in a get away car, having a detailed plan will help keep things organized and stress free.

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