4 Puzzling Wedding Phrases, Decoded

Etiquette, Planning Tips
Puzzling Wedding Phrases Decoded

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Whether you've been a bridesmaid dozens of times, or you've never attended a wedding before your own, planning a wedding can come with plenty of baffling moments. From vendor contracts to perfect etiquette, there's plenty to learn throughout the process. To guide you through the noise, here's a breakdown of four increasingly common wedding phrases you might come across.

"Garden Formal Attire"
While "garden" and "formal" may seem like an oxymoron at first glance, this attire is becoming increasingly common. Essentially, this means dress formally, but keep in mind that you'll be in a garden, so consider breathable fabrics, floral patterns that take cue from the environment, and wedges instead of stilettos (which may sink into the grass).

A word wedding planners, florists, and all creative types love to employ — when used in the context of wedding planning, the word "aesthetic" basically means one thing: How do you want your wedding to look? Your overall aesthetic — or vision — should affect every visual choice made, from the Save the Dates, to the table linens, to the band's outfits.

See more: The Absolute Best Parts of Planning a Wedding

"Creative Black Tie"
Most guests know black tie means a tux for the men and a floor length or formal dress for the ladies, but what about creative black tie? Consider this attire your invitation to have a bit more fun — perhaps with a colorful bow tie, or a trendy gown for women. Take cues from the venue and the couple's theme (if its been declared).

"M ______" on a Wedding Invitation Response
Ah, the ever-puzzling floating "M" on wedding response cards. This mysterious "M" represents the first letter of your title, whether that's Mr., Mrs., or Ms.. Simply fill in the remainder of your title then your full name, plus your guest or guests if they were also invited.

Do you have any other terminology that's left you scratching your head? Let us know by tweeting us @BRIDES!

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