Wedding Planning Terms Every Engaged Couple Needs to Know: Your Essential Wedding Dictionary at Cajun Mansion

Embarking on the journey of wedding planning can feel like stepping into a new world filled with unique terminology and industry jargon. It can be overwhelming, but understanding these terms is crucial for making informed decisions about your big day.

At Cajun Mansion, we’re here to help you navigate this exciting adventure with confidence. Our goal is to demystify the wedding planning process, ensuring you feel comfortable and knowledgeable every step of the way.

Discover essential wedding planning terms that will empower you to create the celebration of your dreams. With our guidance, you’ll be well-equipped to turn your vision into reality, making your wedding day as seamless and magical as possible.

Basic Planning Terminology

1. Bridal Suite: A private room or space where the bride and her bridal party can prepare before the wedding ceremony.

2. Groomsmen: The male attendants who assist the groom before and during the wedding ceremony.

3. Wedding Planner: A professional who assists with coordinating and planning various aspects of the wedding, from logistics to vendor management.

4. Save the Date: A pre-invitation announcement informing guests of the upcoming wedding date, allowing them to plan ahead.

5. RSVP: Abbreviation for “Répondez s’il vous plaît,” which translates to “Please respond.” Guests use this to confirm their attendance or regrets for the wedding.

Basic Wedding Terminology

6. Bride: The female partner getting married.

7. Groom: The male partner getting married.

8. Ceremony: The formal event where vows are exchanged and the marriage is officiated.

9. Reception: The post-ceremony celebration where guests gather to dine, socialize, and dance.

10. Processional: The sequence in which the wedding party enters the ceremony venue.

Decor Terminology

11. Centerpiece: A decorative arrangement placed on tables, usually in the middle, to enhance the decor.

12. Linens: Fabric used to cover tables and chairs, including tablecloths, napkins, and chair covers.

13. Arch or Chuppah: A decorative structure used as a focal point for the ceremony, often adorned with flowers and fabric.

14. Uplighting: Colored or white lights used to illuminate the venue’s walls or decor elements.

15. Place Cards: Cards indicating assigned seating for guests at tables during the reception.

Contract Terminology

16. Force Majeure Clause: A contract provision that addresses unforeseen circumstances, such as natural disasters, that may impact the wedding.

17. Deposit: A partial payment made to secure services from vendors, often non-refundable.

18. Cancellation Policy: Terms outlining the process and penalties for canceling services or reservations.

19. Vendor: A professional or business providing services for the wedding, such as caterers, florists, photographers, and DJs.

20. Scope of Work: The specific tasks and services included in a vendor’s contract.

Reception Terminology

21. Cocktail Hour: A pre-dinner reception where guests enjoy drinks and appetizers.

22. First Dance: The inaugural dance by the newlyweds at the reception.

23. Toasting: Speeches or well-wishes given by guests to honor the couple during the reception.

24. Buffet: A serving style where guests serve themselves from a variety of food options.

25. Open Bar vs. Cash Bar: An open bar offers drinks at no additional cost to guests, while a cash bar requires guests to pay for their drinks.

Additional Categories

26. Bridal Shower: A pre-wedding celebration in honor of the bride, often hosted by friends or family.

27. Bachelor/Bachelorette Party: Celebrations for the groom or bride-to-be with their friends before the wedding.

28. Wedding Favors: Small gifts given to guests as a token of appreciation for attending the wedding.

29. Wedding Cake: A ceremonial cake served at the reception, often cut by the couple together.

30. Honeymoon: A romantic vacation taken by the couple after the wedding.

At Cajun Mansion, we’re committed to providing resources and support to couples as they plan their special day. Whether you’re learning wedding planning terms or seeking inspiration for your celebration, let us be your guide to creating cherished memories at our beautiful Louisiana venue.

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