Have you ever thumbed through a bridal magazine and felt like you needed an on-site translator to decode some of the floral wordage you see? Those of us that work in the floral industry tend to forget that not everyone speaks our language.
If you’re not certain if a “corsage” is meant for a man or a woman, or exactly how to refer to those cute balls you’ve seen hanging from shepherd’s hooks, don’t despair — there are a million other brides wondering the same thing!
There are a number of terms used to describe various aspects of wedding floral design that are helpful to know during the consultation process, and while you can find wedding glossaries all over the internet, many focus on out-of-date or rarely used design styles which can often lead to confusion and information-overload. In order to combat this, I thought I’d provide a quick overview of some frequently used terms that are specific to floral design and common in our Oklahoma wedding industry. My hope is that this list will help you in your efforts to plan for your event’s needs, and ultimately, better communicate with your floral vendor.
Walking flowers: The flowers worn by those associated with the wedding party (i.e., bouquets, boutonnieres and corsages) Also referred to as bridal party flowers, personal flowers, wedding party flowers.
Bridal party: The individuals that are an integral part of the wedding ceremony. Depending on the location, religion, and style of the wedding, this group may include the bride, groom, maids of honor, bridesmaids, best men, groomsmen, flower girls, ring bearers, and in Oklahoma, immediate family members. Also referred to as the wedding party.
Corsage: Flowers worn by the important women in a bridal party. Either pinned on the woman’s dress, or worn on her wrist (wristlet).
Boutonniere: Flower worn by men in a bridal party, pinned to the lapel.
Pomander: A compact ball of flowers, either hung by ribbon or positioned on top of an object. May be constructed in a variety of sizes. Often carried by flower girls or hung from hooks to enhance a wedding’s décor. Also referred to as a kissing ball.
Halo: Ring of flowers worn on the head.
Hand-tied bouquet: The process of arranging bouquet flowers by hand and securing the bouquet at the stems with ribbon, lace, twine, or a variety of other materials.
Cascade bouquet: The process of arranging blooms in a foam bouquet holder. This style typically has a variety of cascading greenery or flowers at the base of the bouquet.
Wrap: The material used to bind the stems of a hand-tied bouquet.
Clutch: Extra-small-sized, hand-tied bundle of flowers.
Focal piece: Large arrangement of flowers usually placed in a very prominent spot such as on a buffet table or at the front of a ceremony.
Pavé: A contemporary style of arranging flowers where the blooms of the flowers appear to be sitting atop the mouth of the vessel in a grid-fashion.
Monochromatic: Colors found in an arrangement are all (tints, tones and shades) of a single hue.
Monobotanical: An arrangement that contains only one variety of flowers.
Deconstructed: The practice of using the varieties of flowers found in the bridal bouquet to create a different monobotanical bouquet for each attendant.
Centerpiece: Floral arrangements placed on the eating tables to decorate a reception venue.
Toss bouquet: An alternate bouquet used during the tradition of “tossing the bouquet” to unmarried women. Allows the bride to preserve her wedding bouquet.
Chuppah: Also spelled, huppah. A canopy decorated with flowers that is part of the traditional Jewish ceremony.
Topiary: A miniature tree made from flowers and greenery.
Garland: A rope or strand of flowers and greenery used to adorn a variety of surfaces (i.e., pews, arches, staircases, etc.)
Wreath: Usually hung on doors, a wreath may be a variety of shapes and may be decorated with flowers or greenery.
Event Breakdown or Strike: Time appointed for a vendor to return to the venue at the close of the event to clean up and retrieve rental items used during the wedding.
Draping: The term used to describe the use of materials/linens/decorative fabric to decorate or dress a table, arbor, or other structure.
…Are there any florists reading who would like to add to this list in the comments section?
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