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G2B Acronym for groom-to-be.
   
Gabardine Fabric A tightly-woven fabric with a firm and durable finish and single diagonal lines on the face. Gabardine is commonly used to make suits, overcoats, trousers and other garments.
   
Ganache A thick, delectable icing made of chocolate and heavy cream. Ganache (from the French word for "jowl") refers to a variety of icing, fillings for pastries, and glazes.
   
Georgette Fabric A semi-sheer lightweight fabric similar to crepe, with a soft drape and flow. Georgette fabric is a textile traditionally made from silk, although synthetic fibers, such as polyester are sometimes used as well. The thing that makes georgette fabric distinctive is the crinkly, crepe-like texture, which feels slightly rough and dull, but gives the fabric a bouncy, flowing look.
   
Gibson Sleeve Full at the shoulder and fitted at the wrist. (See Leg-of-Mutton Sleeve)
   
Godet A design feature where an extra piece of fabric in the shape of a circular sector is set into a garment, usually a dress or skirt. The addition of a godet causes the article of clothing in question to flare, thus adding width and volume.
   
Gorge The seam on a coat where collar meets lapel.
   
Grand Cathedral Train The longest and most formal train extends approximately ten feet from waistline.
   
Groom's Cake A smaller version of the wedding cake or cake themed to the groom's interests. Usually served at the engagement party or the rehearsal dinner. A groom's cake is a wedding tradition typically associated with the American South. While a wedding cake may often be decorated in white and light in texture and/or color, the groom's cake can take a variety of forms, many incorporating chocolate or fruit.
   
Groom's Tish The groom's table. This is where the Chatan, his groomsmen, and male family members gather for song and dance before the wedding ceremony. Traditionally, the groom attempts to deliver a learned discourse about that week's Torah portion. However, the assembled throng do everything possible to ensure that the groom's discourse is not delivered.
   
Groomsman A man who attends the bridegroom at his wedding. Traditionally, the groomsmen protect the groom from anyone trying to steal the bride or interfere with the wedding.
   
Grosgrain Fabric A closely woven silk or rayon fabric with narrow horizontal ribs; the fabric is often used to make ribbons or trims. Some tuxedo pants incorporate a braided grosgrain stripe down the pant leg.
   
Gum Paste see Fondant
 

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Hacking Pocket A slanted flap pocket on a coat, rarely found in formal wear. The hacking pocket originated from the need to reach into a slanted pocket while riding a horse than if it were horizontal.
   
Half Crown An ornate headpiece for the bride, which lies between a crown and tiara in size and weight.
   
Halter A neckline featuring straps that wrap around from the front and connect at the back.
   
Handkerchief A traditional handkerchief is a hemmed square of thin fabric carried in the pocket or purse, its use is intended for personal hygiene purposes. In formal wear, a handkerchief or pocket square is a silk or satin fabric square folded in a variety of manners and placed in the outer breast pocket of a tuxedo.
   
Hat Band This adjustable hat band can be added to any hat to coordinate with tuxedo accessories. This is a popular accessory for proms and quinceaneras when paired with a scarf and cane.
   
Hattabin These are the male friends and family of the groom at a Muslim wedding.
   
Headband A band that follows the shape of the head; an excellent option for a bride wearing her hair pulled back or down.
   
Herringbone A classic zigzag effect resembling the backbone of a herring. This is achieved by altering the direction of the twill.
   
Honor Attendants These are the best man and maid (or matron or man) of honor.
   
Hora A dance at a Jewish wedding where the bride and groom are lifted high on chairs.
   
Huppah A flower bedecked canopy that is an essential part of a Jewish wedding.
 

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Ikebana This is an extremely dramatic and artistic form of flower arranging that originated in Japan, but is now popular worldwide and often seen at weddings. Japanese-style flower arrangements are aesthetically in unison with space, size, earth, and air.
   
Illusion A fin, sheer net fabric, generally used on sleeves or necklines.
   
Iman Zamin This is a good luck tradition after a Moslem wedding where the mother of the bride ties a coin wrapped in silk around her daughter's arm.
   
Informal Card An enclosure card that is printed with the names of the new couple on the front of the card. It is generally left blank inside for a personal written verse.
   
Iridescent A fabric quality with contrasting warp and filling yarns giving a two-color effect.
   
Iridescent Taffeta Crisp, lustrous fabric with a subtle iridescent look. (see Iridescent)
 

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Jacquard Fabric An intricate variegated, self-pattern weave with a clear finish. Named for Frenchman Joseph Marie Jacquard who invented the loom in the early 19th century.
   
Jersey Fabric A very elastic knit fabric; the face has lengthwise ribs and the underside has crosswise ribs.
   
Juliet Cap A close fitting cap often decorated with precious stones and sometimes worn as a bride's headpiece.
 

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Kallah (KAH-lah) Hebrew for bride.
   
Ketuba (k'too-BAH) The wedding contract between the bride and groom in Jewish weddings. It is usually highly decorated and often framed and put on the wall in the couple's home.
   
Khaki Fabric A sturdy twilled fabric made from worsted cotton, linen, wool, or synthetic fiber blends. Khaki pants are commonly paired with blazers and worn by the grooms' attendants.
   
Koumbaro The koumbaro is the best man in Eastern Orthodox Christian weddings. The koumbara is the female version. (see Crown)
 

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Lace A fabric patterned with open holes in the work, made by machine or by hand.
   
Lamé Fabric A type of fabric woven or knit with thin ribbons of metallic yarn creating a glistening effect.
   
Leg-of-Mutton Sleeve Sleeve with a very full puff at shoulder and tightly fitted on the forearm. Also known as Leg-o-Mutton.
   
Lined Inner Envelopes Colored liners are offered as a decorative addition to the inner envelope.
   
Linen Fabric Produced using the fibers of the flax plant, linen is a strong natural fiber.
   
Liner (Envelope) A shiny or decorative layer used on inner and outer envelopes of invitations to give a sturdy structure.
   
Low Rise Style of trousers in which the rise (the distance between inseam and outseam) is lower than average.
 

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