Tulle? What's tulle? (Photo: Getty Images?)While some women seem to be born speaking "bride" (hello, single women who plan their weddings before getting engaged!), other women (like me) ended up sort-of learning the lingo as the big day approached. So we understand that, for many grooms-to-be -- and for some brides as well! -- certain wedding-related words don't make much sense at all. We did a little research, put out a call on social media, and asked around a bit to find out which words cause the most confusion. Here's what we discovered.
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You say: Tulle.
They hear: Tool. Possibly the knife used to cut the wedding cake.
Explain it: A light, mesh-like fabric used for anything from decorating to dresses.
You say: Fondant.
They hear: Fondue.
Explain it: A thick icing that can be molded and sculpted. Not made out of cheese.
You say: Blusher.
They hear: Makeup. Or something you do when you're embarrassed. Are you mad?
Explain it: A short veil that usually covers just the face.
You say: FAB Minimum.
They hear: Fabulous.
Explain it: The minimum amount of food and beverages you must pay for when contracting with a vendor.
You say: Table runner.
They hear: "Blade Runner." Was Harrison Ford a replicant?
Explain it: A long strip of cloth that goes down the center of a table for decoration.
You say: Boudoir session.
They hear: Honeymoon!
Explain it: A photo session where the bride poses provocatively as a present for her fiancé.
You say: Fascinator.
They hear: Something you can't stop staring at.
Explain it: A cluster of ribbons and/or feathers worn as a hair decoration. Sometimes paired with a blusher (see above).
You say: Jack and Jill.
They hear: Went up the Hill. Wait, what?
Explain it: A co-ed bridal shower.
You say: Empire waist.
They hear: Empire State Building.
Explain it: A dress where the skirt attaches high above the waist.
You say: Sweetheart neckline.
They hear: A necklace, maybe? That they were supposed to give you? Are you mad?
Explain it: When the top edge of a dress is curved like the top of a heart.
You say: Recession.
They hear: The economy is really bad.
Explain it: When the bride, groom, and the rest of the wedding party walks back up the aisle at the end of the ceremony.
You say: Shantung.
They hear: Gesundheit!
Explain it: A heavy fabric, often made of silk, with a nubby finish.
For their new reality show, "Four Weddings" (airing Friday at 8 p.m. ET) TLC cornered four grooms and asked them a few wedding-related questions that their fiancees could probably have answered pretty easily, but which left the men bewildered (and possibly even a little bit scared). Take a look and let us know: Would your guy have been able to answer these questions?
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