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Calligraphy

This is the perfected art of writing by hand. Often associated with fancy, curlicue script, calligraphy is comprised of several genres and styles.

Candelabra

A decorative candlestick that has multiple arms to hold multiple candles. Sometimes used as part of the unity candle lighting ceremony.

Candids

A photograph that is not posed. Generally taken without the subject’s awareness.

Candle Lighters

Members of the wedding party, often older children or young adults, who walk up the aisle with lit candles to light candles for the ceremony.

Canopy

A simple canvas top supported by four poles.

Capacity Charts

A chart that shows how many people a venue can accommodate.

Cardstock

A type of paper commonly used for wedding invitations. Thicker than normal printing paper and comes in varying colors and textures.

Carving Station

An area manned by catering staff who carve slices of meat, such as prime rib or chicken, in a buffet setting at the request of guests.

Cascade

A bouquet style in which the flowers cascade downward from the bride.

Cash Bar

A beverage-service system where wedding guests pay for their drinks.

Cathedral Veil

The most formal of veils, also known as a royal veil. Standard length is 108 inches; the veil extends onto the floor

Cava

A white or pink sparkling wine from Catalonia.

Century Tent

A high-end pole tent characterized by dramatic peaks and valleys.

Chafing Dish

A large dish that sits over a low flame to keep its contents warm. Popular at buffets.

Champagne Flute

A slim glass with a stem, designed to retain Champagne’s carbonation.

Charger Plate

A plate, larger than a dinner plate that is purely decorative and displays the meal’s china.

Charmeuse

A lightweight satin.

Chauffeur

A person responsible for driving a vehicle, such as a limo.

Chiavari Chairs

This elegant chair, a classic for weddings, is identifiable by its bamboo-style wooden back.

Chiffon

Sheer, lightweight and transparent fabric, often layered.

Chill Table

A table that can be filled with ice, over which food is placed to keep fresh.

Chocolate Ganache

A thick wedding cake icing made of chocolate and heavy cream.

Chuppah

A canopy under which the bride and groom stand during a Jewish wedding ceremony.

Civil Ceremony

A civil ceremony is a wedding that takes place without any religious affiliation and meets the legal requirements of the locale.

Classic Hand-Tied Bouquet

A handmade collection of blooms, usually tied with ribbon.

Cocktail Hour

A festive gathering where guests mingle as cocktails and hors d’oeuvres are served, typically preceding dinner.

Comb

A decorative hairpiece attached to a comb that slides into the hair.

Common Law Marriage

When two people live together as if they are man and wife without going through the formality of marriage.

Conflict-Free Diamonds

A diamond that comes from an ethical source. A certification of origin guarantees that child labor, human labor abuse, violence and environmentally unsound methods were not part of the diamond’s history.

Corsage

From the French ‘bust’ A corsage is an arrangement of flowers pinned to the bodice of a woman’s dress. Corsages come in pin-on, wrist and hand-held styles. Corsages are typically worn by mothers and grandmothers.

Corset

A form-fitting, strapless or spaghetti-strap bodice with boning and lace-up or snap closures.

Crepe

Thin and lightweight, crepe is characterized by its pebbled texture.

Crown

An ornamental, often bejeweled, headpiece that circles the head. Veils can be attached.

Cuban Cigars

A popular cigar for celebrations, rolled from Cuban tobacco leaves.

Cuff

The ribbon, fabric, or leaves that circle the stems of a bouquet.