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Wedding Planning > Wedding Planning for the Groom

Wedding Planning: Groom's Wedding Vocabulary Guide

Answers to your most important wedding planning questions

Groom's Wedding Vocabulary Guide

Here are some definitions of the terms you'll be hearing about the wedding.

Aisle Carpet - Covers aisle for processional at the ceremony site. It's meant to protect trailing gowns.

Ascot - Worn with winged-collar shirts, this neck scarf is tied with the broad ends laid flat, one across the other. It often comes pretied, and is usually worn with a stickpin.

Attendants - Also known as members of the wedding party. They're friends and family members that you've asked to play a special role whether as best man, usher, or groomsman.

Best Man - The main male attendant and your witness to the marriage. He's responsible for handling some of the  arrangements and supplying reassurance.

Bouquet -  A collection of flowers gathered together at the stems, usually accented with lace and ribbons.

Boutonniere - Flower or several flowers worn by males in their buttonholes.

Bow Ties - Made of formal fabric, tied in a bow. Worn with tuxedos or dinner jackets.

Cake Top - Figurines or flowers set on top of the wedding cake.

Corsage - A small bouquet of flowers worn by women on the wrist, waist, or shoulder. They usually decorate the shoulder at weddings.

Cummerbund -  A sash worn as a belt, it covers the pant button, top of the zipper, and where the shirt tucks into the pants. Can also help hold in the abdomen. Pleats face up, bow tie should match.

Cutaway - Formal daytime equivalent of a tailcoat. At the waist, the front tapers gently to the back in a tail.

Dinner Jacket - A coat traditionally used in semi-formal weddings.

Double-breasted - A garment where the breast lapels widely overlap. Fold-down collar See turned-down collar

Four-in-hand - Standard necktie, tied in a slipknot with the ends left hanging. A fOrmal fabric (such as silk) is used for weddings. It's worn with a turned-down collar shirt.

French Cuffs -  Band at the bottom of shirt-sleeve. Held together by c links instead of buttons.

Garter - Elastic covered with satin, ruffles, or feathers worn above the bride's knee. It's removed by you and toss to unmarried males during the reception festivities.

Groomsmen - Male attendants in the wedding party who escort the bridesmaids in the processional/recessional. This job is often combined with the role of Usher (except in the large weddings).

Guest Book - Placed on a stand at the reception. Each guest is invit to sign their name, as a keepsake remembrance for th bride and groom.

Long Jacket -  Formalwear coat that reaches mid-thigh length.

Pocket Square - The fancy name for the small handkerchief of linen, s' or other formal fabrics that peaks out of the breast pocket. Worn in place of boutonnieres.

Processional - The walk the wedding party takes up the aisle before the ceremony.

Recessional - The return walk made down the aisle by the weddin party after the ceremony. You and the bride lead the recessional.

Ringbearer's Pillow - A small lace or satin pillow that's carried up the aisle a young boy. The wedding rings are tied to the pillow

Single Breasted Coat - where lapels overlap just enough to enable fastening.

Stroller Jacket - Also called a Walking Coat. Is cut slightly longer than suit jacket. Usually, in black or grey, it's worn before 6 p.m. for semi-formal weddings.

Studs - Small fasteners (knob and disk connected by astern) used in place of buttons on very formal clothing. Th are often gold, or have gemstones in gold set,tings.

Suspenders - Hold up pants by elastic bands over the be worn with cummerbunds.

Tailcoat - Long formal coat completely cutaway at the front w
back is very long and tapered.

Tie - Many ascots, bow ties, and four-in-hands come in cli on styles. .

Train - Material that extends along the ground behind the bride's dress. Varies from one to ten feet in length.

Turned-down Collar - that's folded or doubled over itself, like a standard dress shirt but the fabric is more formal.

Tuxedo - This has become a catchall word in formalwear . Originally, it described the jacket worn for a formal wedding after 6 p.m. Now it might mean any semi- formal coat, or the entire formalwear ensemble.

Usher - Male attendants who seat guests at the ceremony. Often this role is combined with the groomsmen's duties, but for a very large wedding you'll have both.

Waistcoat - Fancy word for a vest.

Wedding Party - The bride, groom, both their parents, and the male and female attendants.

White Tie - Most formal men's style. You wear a black coat with tails, matching trousers, and white tie, vest, and winged- collar shirt.

Winged Collar - The shirt collar has folds at the front center, with a tiny v-wing shape on each side. Usually worn with a thinner tie


Bridal Party Additional Resources:


Bridesmaids and Groomsmen, Getting to know one another
Choosing your bridal party
Can my bridesmaids wear black?
Dismissing a Bridesmaid or other attendant
Do we send invitations to the people in our wedding party?
Do you have a suggestion of a fun, inexpensive way to ask them to be in my
Down the aisle: Who walks with the bride?
Eight Tips for Drafting a Great Team!
Fun and unique ways to ask my friends to be by my side in my wedding
Gift Ideas for your wedding attendants
Is it a new tradition to have a maid of honor and matron of honor?
Is it appropriate to have my divorced dad & mom walk me down the isle
Is it tacky to have a MAID & MATRON of honor?
Is there a certain way your supposed to ask a person to be an attendant?
Matron of Honor and a Maid of Honor
more than one maid of honor?
Not the Maid of Honor, can I help?
order of processional
what color ties should the guys wear?

When should I ask them to be my attendants? 

Best man: Best Man Responsibilities
Best man: Duties of the Best man and Maid of Honor
Best man: How to choose your best man
Best man: The Morning of duties..
Best man: You've Been Chosen to be the Best man, Now Live up to it!
Best man: wedding duties for the night before
Best man: What Tuxedoes  should be worn in the year 2000
Best man: Writing that wedding speech
Best man: Forum: How soon should we order the tuxedos
Best man: Speech: Examples:  We have over 40 speeches
Children: Including Your Children
Children: Should you include them?
Children: Roles For Children in Weddings
Children: Ten tips on children participation  in Weddings
Children: Deciding on clothing
Children: Gift Ideas for children in Weddings
Children: Make your children a part of the wedding
Children: Ring Ceremony for Baby
Children: Vows that include children
Children: Including a 2 year old in the vows and ceremony
Children: Including Babies in the Ceremony
Children: Ceremony to include children
Children: Child Attendants with sitter after ceremony?
Children: How to include step children in vows
Children: Kids In The Wedding Party….Will They Be In Yours?
Children: Child care will be provided during the ceremony
Children: Who buys the pillow?
Duties: 10 Things Your Ushers Should Know
Duties: Best man Responsibilities
Duties: Do you know your duties? Check this list for your duties!
Duties: For a 4 year old daughter
Duties: Is it proper to have a maid and a matron of honor?
Duties: It is traditional for the bride to treat her maids to a luncheon
Duties: Duties of the Bestman and Maid of Honor
Duties: Maid of Honor Duties
Duties: What are the grooms parents suppose to pay for?
Duties: What exactly does a personal attendant to do?
Maid of Honor : Being the Maid of Honor
Maid of Honor: Ordering Dresses
Maid of Honor: Planning the Wedding Shower
Maid of Honor (MOH): Planning the Bachelorette Party
MOH: Tending to the Bride on the Big Day
MOH: Advice: Can I have a maid of honor and matron of honor?
MOH: Advice: How much money should I expect to be spending on this?
MOH: Advice: I have been asked to be Matron of Honor, there is also a Maid of Honor.  Please advise me as to the logistics in the processional/recessional order for the both of us
MOH: Advice: Long Distance Maid of Honor
MOH: Advice: Is there a kosher way of letting her down? if I agree to follow through, while letting her know my concerns both financially and time commitment wise, is there an etiquette in letting others (friends, family, bridal party, etc.) know that I will NOT be paying for everything
MOH: Advice: What do you call a guy that stands in as your maid of honor?
MOH: Advice: maid of honor and also another friend as the matron of honor. one standing on each side.
MOH: Advice: my best friend is getting married and has asked me to be her maid of honor, what can I wear and what are all my duties?
MOH: Advice: I am matron of honor, I would like to give a very nice speech instead of making no sense and embarrassing my self
MOH: Advice: Do you have any suggestions on poems, verses, jokes, etc. that would help me start and end this speech? 
MOH: Advice: I haven't told my maid of honor that I want her to be the maid of honor yet. I really want to give her a book on being a maid of honor and how I think she is so very special.
MOH: Advice: Mother as matron of honor
MOH: Advice: My cousin is getting married and I am her maid of honor. What exactly am I expected to do for the wedding
MOH: Advice: We are having 3 bridesmaids and do not want to select one as a maid of honor. Is there such a role as personal attendant who could fulfill some of the maid of honor duties?

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