couple in front of barn and bunting

Photo: Dreamlove Wedding Photography

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.

ombre escort cards

Photo: Abbey Lunt Photography

Ombré
Ombré 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!

chevron escort cards

Photo: Chelsea Elizabeth Photography

Chevron
A modern zigzag pattern that’s popular on invitations and stationery with a contemporary vibe.

art deco wedding invitations

Photo: Jason Hales Photography

Art Deco
A design style that was popular in the 1920s. Think geometric patterns and a glamorous, Great Gatsby-inspired feel.

place setting

Photo: April Renee Photography

Chargers
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.

barn venue with bunting

Photo: Natural Intuition Photography

Bunting
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

Photo: Bernadette Pollard

Escort Cards
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.

craspedia boutonniere

Photo: Pure Sugar Studios

Craspedia
Also known as “billy balls,” craspedia are a round yellow flower, frequently used in modern wedding floral arrangements.

sweetheart table

Photo: Studio A Images

Sweetheart Table
A private table-for-two for the newlyweds

mercury glass centerpiece

Photo: Carrie Wildes Photography

Mercury Glass
Glass with a silvery coating. You’ll often see mercury glass in vessels for floral arrangements or candleholders.

papel picado bunting banner

Photo: Chelsea Elizabeth Photography

Papel Picado
Mexican paper-cut art, usually presented in the form of banners or flags. These look perfect at casual beach or destination weddings.

gobo dance floor

Photo: Clint Bargen Photography

Gobo
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.

flower girl pomander

Photo: Christa Elyce Photographer

Pomander
A ball of flowers or greenery. These can be used as decoration (we’ve frequently seen them as aisle markers) or as personal flowers (particularly for flower girls to hold in lieu of a basket).

votive candle tablescape

Photo: Samantha Bonpensiero Photography

Votives
A small candle, which is usually displayed in a small decorative container. They also work well floating in water.

letterpress wedding invitations

Photo: Airen Miller Photography

Letterpress
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.

white chiavari chairs

Photo: Matt Wood Photography

Chiavari Chairs
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.

cascade bouquet

Photo: Cuppa Photography

Cascade Bouquet
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.

greenery garland ceremony aisle

Photo: The Big Affair

Garlands
A decorative strand or wreath of flowers or greenery or even paper. Garlands are used to decorate ceilings, chairs, tables, staircases, and more!

succulent bouquet

Photo: Laura Segall Photography

Succulents
A hardy plant that adds a modern touch to floral arrangements.

chocolate chip naked cake

Photo: Alea Lovely NYC Fine Art Wedding Photography

Naked Cakes
An unfrosted wedding cake seen at rustic weddings.

coral bridesmaid dresses

Photo: The Big Affair

Coral
A bright orangey-pink color that’s popular in wedding color schemes.