Engagement terms

ANNOUNCEMENT

A message that alerts friends and family about a couple's engagement. Couples often have announcements printed in their local newspapers. Personalized formal announcements can also be mailed out to friends and family.

ATTENDANTS

A group of close family and friends, also referred to as the wedding party, who assist the bride and groom during their wedding and often in the months and weeks leading up to the big day.

CONTRACT

A document that outlines the terms of an agreement between a couple and their wedding vendor.

DESTINATION WEDDING

A wedding celebration in which the couple and their guests have to travel, often to a different state or country, to attend the ceremony.

ENGAGEMENT SESSION

A set of professional photographs that is part of the wedding photography package and taken after a couple become engaged. These photos are used in engagement announcements and on wedding Web sites.

PRENUPTIAL AGREEMENT

A written contract between two people who are about to marry that explains the rights of each person with regard to the property and assets of the other in the event of divorce, separation or death.

REGISTRY

A list of gifts a couple would like their guests to purchase for their engagement, bridal shower and/or wedding.

SAVE-THE-DATE CARD

A mailing that announces the date, and often the location, of a wedding. It is sent out after the reception site is booked, approximately six months in advance of the wedding.

VENDOR

A person or company that provides a service on the wedding day or during the planning process. See vendors in your area on Brides.com.

WEDDING COORDINATOR/CONSULTANT

A person hired to help a couple plan their wedding and make sure all aspects of their celebration run smoothly, from budget to decor to contract details.

WEDDING WEB SITE

A place on the Internet where a couple can direct their guests for information and details about their wedding. Create your own Wedding Web Site on Brides.com!

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