- Planning Tools
by Kim Forrest
Wedding planning can feel like a new frontier, but who knew there would be so many new words to learn? From craspedia to bunting, votives to pomanders, you’ll probably see these buzzwords popping up in vendor meetings or on blogs, but no need to crack open the dictionary – check out our wedding glossary to get the easy-to-understand definitions!
Ombre is when a color gradually fades from dark to light – an almost-white pink to the deepest fuchsia, for example. You’ll frequently see this technique on paper goods, but it’s also popular in flowers – even on tiers of a cake!
Chargers are large plates that go underneath the actual dinner plates – they’re there more for decoration rather than function and come in a variety of colors and styles.
A banner of flags usually made from cloth or paper. Bunting is usually used to decorate more casual, rustic weddings. We’ve seen them hung from ceilings, decorating tables or chairs, even made in miniature for a cake topper!
Escort cards are used to display guests’ table assignments. Many people use escort cards and place cards interchangeably but this is not correct. Escort cards showcase the table assignments, whereas place cards are displayed at the actual table to provide a specific seating assignment.
Also known as “billy balls,” craspedia are a round yellow flower, frequently used in modern wedding floral arrangements.
A gobo is similar to a stencil that is placed over a light, which allows it to project designs. We frequently see custom gobos projecting the couple’s monogram or names on to a wall or dance floor.
The oldest printing technique where a printing press uses raised metal blocks to imprint text and designs onto paper. It’s more time-consuming (and frequently pricier) than other printing methods.
A higher-end chair that has a simple yet classic and elegant design. They are often shown in white, gold or silver, but are available in other colors, as well.
Just like the name describes, a cascade bouquet is a floral arrangement where flowers or greenery cascade down the front of the bouquet. The photo here is a good example, but you can also picture Princess Diana’s famous arrangement.