- Covers aisle for processional at the
ceremony site. It's meant to protect trailing gowns.
- Worn with winged-collar shirts, this neck scarf is tied with the
broad ends laid flat, one across the other. It often comes pre-tied,
and is usually worn with a stickpin.
- Also known as members of the wedding party. They're friends and
family members that you've asked to play a special role whether as
best man, usher, or groomsman.
- The main male attendant and your
witness to the marriage. He's responsible for handling some of the
arrangements and supplying reassurance.
- A collection of flowers gathered together at the stems, usually
accented with lace and ribbons.
- Flower or several flowers worn by males in their buttonholes.
- Made of formal fabric, tied in a bow. Worn with tuxedos or dinner
- Figurines or flowers set on top of the wedding cake.
- A small bouquet of flowers worn by women on the wrist, waist, or
shoulder. They usually decorate the shoulder at weddings.
- A sash worn as a belt, it covers the pant button, top of the
zipper, and where the shirt tucks into the pants. Can also help hold
in the abdomen. Pleats face up, bow tie should match.
- Formal daytime equivalent of a tailcoat. At the waist, the front
tapers gently to the back in a tail.
- A coat traditionally used in semi-formal weddings.
- A garment where the breast lapels widely overlap. Fold-down collar
See turned-down collar.
- Standard necktie, tied in a slipknot with the ends left hanging. A
formal fabric (such as silk) is used for weddings. It's worn with a
turned-down collar shirt.
- Band at the bottom of shirt-sleeve. Held together by c links
instead of buttons.
- Elastic covered with satin, ruffles, or feathers worn above the
bride's knee. It's removed by you and toss to unmarried males during
the reception festivities.
- Male attendants in the wedding party who escort the bridesmaids in
the processional/recessional. This job is often combined with the
role of Usher (except in the large weddings).
- Placed on a stand at the reception. Each guest is invite to sign
their name, as a keepsake remembrance for the bride and groom.
- Formalwear coat that reaches mid-thigh length.
- The fancy name for the small handkerchief of linen, s' or other
formal fabrics that peaks out of the breast pocket. Worn in place of
- The walk the wedding party takes up
the aisle before the ceremony.
- The return walk made down the aisle by the wedding party after the
ceremony. You and the bride lead the recessional.
Ring bearer's Pillow
- A small lace or satin pillow that's carried up the
aisle a young boy. The
wedding rings are tied to the pillow.
Single Breasted Coat
- where lapels overlap just enough to enable fastening.
- Also called a Walking Coat. Is cut slightly longer than suit
jacket. Usually, in black or grey, it's worn before 6 p.m. for
- Small fasteners (knob and disk connected by astern) used in place
of buttons on very formal clothing. The are often gold, or have
gemstones in gold settings.
- Hold up pants by elastic bands over the shoulders; to be worn with
- Long formal coat completely cutaway at the front; back is very
long and tapered.
- Many ascots, bow ties, and four-in-hands come in clip-on styles.
- Material that extends along the ground behind the bride's dress.
Varies from one to ten feet in length.
- that's folded or doubled over itself, like a standard dress shirt
but the fabric is more formal.
- This has become a catchall word in formalwear . Originally, it
described the jacket worn for a formal wedding after 6 p.m. Now it
might mean any semi- formal coat, or the entire formalwear ensemble.
- Male attendants who seat guests at the ceremony. Often this role
is combined with the groomsmen's duties, but for a very large
wedding you'll have both.
- Fancy word for a vest.
- The bride, groom, both their parents, and the male and female
- Most formal men's style. You wear a black coat with tails,
matching trousers, and white tie, vest, and winged- collar shirt.
- The shirt collar has folds at the front center, with a tiny v-wing
shape on each side. Usually worn with a thinner tie.