You have this wedding planning timeline locked and loaded, and now that you’re about eight months out, it’s time to find your dress, which means the time has come to know the difference between Chantilly and and guipure. (They’re types of lace, BTW.) So for a little refresher, the linguists at Babbel have helped us out with wedding dress terms every bride should familiarize herself with before her fitting. Your bridal consultant will love you forever.

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APPLIQUÉ

It’s the decorative needlework of sewing one piece of large fabric (like a flower) onto another (like tulle), usually with a result that's super delicate and pretty.

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CLOCHE

Originating from the French word for “bell jar,” it describes a bell skirt—perfect for the bride going for that 1950s Jackie O. vibe.

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EPAULETTES

Literally meaning “little shoulder,” (awww) the term originally referred to the ribbons worn on military coats. During your fitting, “epaulette” will more likely refer to decorative shoulder ornamentation.

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FILIGREE

From the Latin words “filum” and “granum”—which translate to “thread” and “grain,” respectfully—it’s the ornamental metalwork constructed with fine silver or gold wire. (It can also more broadly refer to intricate, ornamental detailing.)

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MÉLANGE

French for “mixture,” in fashion this term is used when referring to a combination of elements or time periods. For example: A classic ball gown silhouette with contemporary, structural ruching (as seen above).

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Prêt-à-porter

French for “ready to wear,” aka the jackpot. Because it means you can take the dress home off the rack as opposed to making it to order. It’s a great way to snag a wedding dress at a bargain price and then alter later.

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WATTEAU

For the bride who loves a little drama, this über-feminine style of train attaches to the gown or bodice and either falls to the ground or trails behind the bride. Swoon.

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CHAPEL

Describes an extensive trail, typically flowing four feet below the gown. You will definitely need your MOH to help you walk around during photos.

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COURT TRAIN

A term used to describe a train that is about three feet behind the dress. Look at you, now you’re fluent in trains.

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GUIPURE LACE

A type of lace originating from Genoa, Italy, which, instead of connecting patterns and motifs with mesh, does so through plaits. So it creates a more robust texture.

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CHANTILLY LACE

Our old friend. This type of lace is created with an incredibly high level of detail and quality of silk. We see it in all types of wedding dresses and veils, from traditional to more modern. We’re willing to bet you come across it while dress shopping.

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