Glossary: Common Wedding Terms You Should Know

First things first: congratulations on finally deciding to tie the knot with your “special someone!” Now that you’re both ready to start this new chapter in your life, it’s time to plan out the Special Day. You’re either hiring a wedding planner or DIY wedding planning, and as you’re arranging and booking everything, you may come across wedding phrases you’ve never known. These wedding industry terms can be quite daunting, especially when you have zero experience in wedding planning. No need to feel pressured since our team of professionals at our wedding venue, the Deer Creek Golf Club, can fill you in on common wedding terms you should know.

Black Tie

Black Tie is one of the most common wedding phrases since most wedding receptions start after 6 o’clock. A Black Tie event requires guests to dress in floor-length evening gowns or tuxedos. To be more specific, women can attend in long evening gowns or formal cocktail dresses and shoes. For men, they should wear a tux, white dress shirt, a black bow tie, waistcoat, and black dress shoes.


For male relatives, groomsmen, and the groom himself, the boutonniere is a single flower or a small bundle of flowers that is pinned to the tuxedo lapel.


Also known an hors d’oeuvre, a canape is a small, bite-sized appetizer served during cocktail hour. Canapés can range from small breads to pastries with savory toppings and fillings.


The technique of embossing involves inkless engravings on invitations or paper goods to add details such as monograms, border motifs, or other subtle details.

First Look

The first look is a private moment for the bride and groom before the ceremony and the ensuing excitement and celebration.


Decorative greenery intertwined together to create long strands. Garlands are usually hung in the reception area, the doors, and around the columns of our event venue.


A sweet-scented bouquet of tight blooms bound together in an arrangement. The nosegay style dates to the 1300’s eliminate bad odors – giving it its name.


Items that are set on a table such as linens, floral arrangements, pictures of the couple, candles, etc. are part of the tablescape.

Though there are many other common wedding terms you should know, these terms should give you a better sense of how to plan your dream wedding. Want to learn more wedding industry phrases? Our friendly team of wedding professionals at our South Florida golf course are more than happy to answer any questions you may have when you give us a call.