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Say What? 5 Unusual Wedding Terms

written by Marina Strong June 30, 2015

Have you ever heard of a bridaller? What about an epithalamion or a foy? Yea, me neither. And if you have, stop bragging 😉 There are lots of unusual words out there and some that even apply to the wedding world. So today, with the help of Dictionary.com, I am going to share a few with you!



This word simply means “a guest at a wedding”, so if wedding guest feels a little too boring for you, you might want to try Bridaller.

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Do weddings make you want to burst out in song and dance? If they do, that song could be referred to as an epithalamion, defined as “a song or poem in honor of a bride and bridegroom.”



We have all heard of Bridesmaids and Groomsmen, but what about a word that is unisex? Paranymph is defined simply as “a groomsman or a bridesmaid” but it translates literally from the Greek parĂĄnymphos as “the person beside the bride,” so it could be used if you opt to have a bridesman/man of honor or a groomswoman/best woman.





We know it as a Bachelorette Party, but in Scotland you may hear the term Foy, which means “a farewell gift, feast, or drink.” Etymologists link it to the French term voie meaning “way” or “ journey,” possibly because you are ending one journey and starting on another.


Shotgun Wedding

Okay, so I have heard this term and I do know what it means, but I didn’t know where the term came from. First, in case you don’t know, a shotgun wedding is defined as “a wedding occasioned or precipitated by pregnancy.” But according to Dictionary.com, the expression was born in the US and calls on imagery of a father coercing (by way of a firearm) a young man to marry his enceinte (pregnant) daughter.


Learning something new and having fun? Then check out five more unusual wedding words at Dictionary.com in their I Now Pronounce You: 10 Unusual Wedding Words slideshow.